June 4th-6th was a huge weekend for Panama City Beach and the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam. As the first large-scale U.S. festival held within the past 15 months, the response was record breaking. Each day featured 23,000 fans, surpassing records from the 2019 event. 1
June’s festival included headliners such as Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The crowd went wild for the musical acts but they gave a wild welcome to the man mostly responsible for allowing a bit of ‘normal’ back into the sunshine state. When Governor DeSantis made a surprise appearance, the music-starved fans showed their gratefulness in the form of cheers, screams and hand clapping.
The fans weren’t the only ones eagerly anticipating the return of live music. The three headliners and most of the other artists that took the stage during this festival hadn’t taken the stage in at least 15 months.
The Gulf Coast Jam was the starting point of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’ Tour’, which consists of 29 more dates throughout the remainder of the year.
For those who missed the weekend-long event, the festival is providing another chance. This Labor Day weekend offers another chance to see some of today’s hottest and favorite stars. The headliners for the 9th annual event were announced during last week’s festival and includes Brooks & Dunn, Chris Stapleton and Old Dominion.
Tickets and parking passes can be purchased at their website. Check back here and to their website for additions to the lineup.
For those planning on spending Labor Day in Panama City Beach for the Gulf Coast Jam, be sure to make the most out of your trip. During the day, set aside time for some parasailing or jet ski rentals. Snorkel with dolphins. For the thrill seekers who prefer to stay on dry land, consider trying out the Slingshot PCB.
There is so much to do and see in PCB that the music festival weekend might not provide enough time. Perhaps the weekend will need to be extended for a week long vacation. No matter how long you plan to stay, you can grab ideas for lodging, visit this page.