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Record Crowds and Epic Performances Define Gulf Coast Jam 2024

The 2024 Gulf Coast Jam Presented by Jim Beam wrapped up in spectacular fashion on Sunday night, leaving a trail of euphoric melodies and beaming smiles. The sold-out festival saw a staggering 120,000 country music enthusiasts converge on the sun-kissed shores of Panama City Beach, Florida, ready to bask in four days of top-tier performances. With headliners like Morgan Wallen, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, and Parker McCollum, plus over 20 other talented artists, it was a musical celebration to remember.

Drone Delights and Patriotism in the Night Sky

As the sun set each evening, 300 choreographed drones lit up the sky, creating stunning displays that celebrated country music and patriotism. These high-tech light shows even teased the first headliner for the 2025 festival, adding an extra layer of excitement and anticipation. And really, what’s better than country music under perfect weather conditions?

Kicking Off with Parker McCollum

The festival kicked off on a high note with Parker McCollum headlining a perfect Thursday night. Fans were treated to performances by Flatland Cavalry, Corey Kent, Sadie Bass, and 2023 Jim Beam Welcome Sessions winner, Midnight South, setting the tone for an unforgettable weekend.

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Jelly Roll’s Electrifying Friday

Friday night belonged to Jelly Roll, whose emotional and powerful performance underscored why he’s become a beloved figure in the country music scene. The day also saw stellar performances from Russell Dickerson, Chase Matthew, Kidd G, Heartland, and Shelby Darrall, keeping the energy high and the crowd dancing.

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Cody Johnson: A Saturday Night to Remember

Despite torrential rains on Saturday morning, Cody Johnson delivered a show-stopping set that evening, proving that neither weather nor mud could dampen the spirit of country music fans. Billy Currington followed with a hit-packed performance, preceded by talented acts like Priscilla Block and Austin Snell. Though the weather forced the cancelation of Peyton Porter and Chandler Flint’s sets, the festival’s spirit remained undeterred. The night also featured a celebratory toast by festival organizers and Jim Beam’s Eighth Generation Master Distiller, Freddie Noe.

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Morgan Wallen’s Triumphant Return

Sunday night was the grand finale with Morgan Wallen making up for last year’s rescheduled performance due to vocal issues. He delivered a captivating 90-minute set that left fans wanting more. The day’s lineup was rounded out by performances from Nate Smith, Shane Smith and the Saints, John Morgan, Deana Carter, and 2024 Jim Beam Welcome Sessions winner, Gage Cowart.

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Honoring the Armed Forces

In a poignant moment on Friday afternoon, the festival hosted Maj. Gen. Michael A. Valle, who administered the oath of enlistment to 15 new Airmen and Guardians on the massive stage. This was followed by Technical Sgt. Melissa Lackore’s stirring rendition of the National Anthem, accompanied by a thrilling flyover from the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron’s F-16 and F-15 fighter jets.

Looking Forward to 2025

As the last notes faded into the night, the buzz for the 2025 Gulf Coast Jam had already begun. Four-day tickets are on sale now at, with headliners and the full lineup to be announced soon. If this year’s festival was any indication, next year’s promises to be another epic celebration of country music on the beautiful beaches of Panama City.

Mark your calendars and grab your tickets, because the Gulf Coast Jam continues to be the place where country music magic happens!



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