Day three of the festival started off with a media release notifying ticket holders that no more campers would be allowed entry, additionally, many parking spots were unavailable as a result of Friday night’s storm. As can be expected, this caused uproar on Boots and Hearts social media outlets – with fans scrambling for answers or a “Plan B” from festival organizers. We also learned that many concertgoers were turned away at the gates Friday evening for safety concerns – unbeknownst to anyone lucky enough to get inside and enjoy the show.
We headed out to Bowmanville a little nervous about what we were going to encounter– angry fans storming the gates? Even bigger line-ups? A revolt in tent city? To our surprise, everything was quiet, normal and the traffic situation was better than Friday. . Other than many cars abandoned from the night before; it was an easy entrance, no waiting, and smooth sailing for entering. Most of the mud pits had dried up and the sun was shining.
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Canada’s Sweetheart, Kira Isabella was on the main stage as we arrived – stepping out of her country comfort zone, to perform a cover of Katy Perry’s pop hit, Teenage Dream. We made our way over to the Front Porch Stage to check out newcomer Jordan McIntosh; a total cutie. He rocked a great performance in the emerging artists showcase, check out our behind the scenes interview with Jordan coming soon!
Next up on the Front Porch Stage was the Miss Boots and Hearts competition, brought to us by none other than Boots and Hearts sponsor, Palm Bay.. We watched as predominately blonde bikini clad girls from Southern Ontario, strutted their stuff for the top honour of hottest country fan, $1000 cash prize and a meet and greet with a B&H headliner.
We hung around the Front Porch area, sipping on our free Vitamin Water and Coke products (thanks Coca Cola!) and were surprised to see David Nail take the stage. With his song Let It Rain racing up the American and Canadian country charts, we thought he was deserving of a main stage spot.
We got back to the main stage in time to see Chad Brownlee, who we must say is not too hard on the eyes; we think most of the female fans in attendance would agree.
Next up was Joe…Joe…Joe..Joe Diffie, who is definitely reaping the benefits of Jason Aldean’s latest single, 1994, which he even worked into his set. Not going to lie, we were pretty excited to hear him perform Third Rock from the Sun live and in the flesh!
The Band Perry put on an amazing, energy filled set – so much so that when we chatted with Kimberly after the show she showed us she ripped one of her favourite performance dresses! The Band Perry is definitely She’s Gone Country approved, one of our favourites of the weekend and just as nice as they are talented!
Rascal Flatts closed the evening with a great set. Now, we’ve seen a lot of country acts and we must say that Rascal Flatts put on a great live show. Gary LeVox must be super quick in the studio because his live voice sounds exactly like the radio version.
The crowd of course loved them and Rascal Flatts loved them back! Out of all the headliners, they were the only ones to walk the full length of the catwalk to say hello to the thousands of fans in the back!