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Morgan Wallen, HARDY & More Bring Energy-Filled Show To Day Two Of Tailgate N’ Tallboys Bloomington

The night was young as Morgan Wallen stepped onto the stage of the Tailgate N’ Tallboys in Bloomington, IL. Although every day of the festival had thousands of music-lovers in attendance, Friday (June 17) was especially full after 1,000 extra GA tickets were opened up to the public at the last minute due to the demand of the festival. This ticket release gave fans the chance to attend the sold-out day of the festival, which featured with an outstanding lineup, plenty of food and fun activities for everyone to take part in.

Fans who had been there since the gates opened found themselves perched as close as they could get to the stage, hoping for the best view of the “Wasted On You” singer. The rest of the crowd filled in the gaps throughout the lawn, ready to enjoy the headliners of the night.

Following main stage acts ERNST other Cameron Marlowe, HARDY came out strong, ready to warm up the crowd for Wallen. During his set, a true summer sunset fell, creating the perfect setting for a Friday night concert. From singing his fan favorites to his latest releases, the “Sold Out” singer gave the performance to his all. Without skipping a beat, HARDY showcased his wide range of musical stylings, from hard rock and classic country.

“Y’all sound pretty damn good out there” he yelled as the crowd sang every word of his 2020 hit, “One Beer” right along with him. When his set came to an end, people were left wanting more and hoping he might make another appearance later on in the night. Nightfall quickly overtook as thousands of people packed in even closer, hoping to catch a glimpse of Wallen’s warm smile.

HARDY; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

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HARDY; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

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Eventually, the bright white initials, “MW,” shone on the screens, earning a roaring ovation from the excited audience that could most likely be heard far beyond the festival site. Smoke filled the stage as Wallen began singing the opening lyrics of “Up, Down” acoustically, before he finally made his appearance. The band took over as he stepped on stage sporting a casual white t-shirt, jeans and baseball cap. This was the moment fans have been waiting for and there was no sign of disappointment in sight.

Opening up with this energetic hit was a change for Wallen, who has been starting off his previous sets this year on a slower note and featuring his piano. Eventually, he did bring this instrument to the center of the stage to give a heartfelt performance of “Sand In My Boots.”

Once the ballad concluded, he was back to his feet, bouncing from one side of the stage to the other, making sure to never leave a section of the crowd hanging. Fans kept up with him throughout each song, showing extra enthusiasm when he played three of his latest releases, “You Proof,” “Thought You Should Know,” and “Don’t Think Jesus.”

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