TidalWave Music Festival Makes A Splash In Atlantic City: See Photos

Thomas Rhett, Jo Dee Messina, Jelly Roll, Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, and many more performed during the three-day event.

By

Lauren Jo Black

| Posted on

August 16, 2023

Share on:

Thomas Rhett, Jo Dee Messina, Jelly Roll; Photos by ALIVECOVERAGE

TidalWave Music Festival returned to the beaches of Atlantic City, New Jersey over the weekend with an impressive lineup, including headliners Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, and Brooks & Dunn.

Bringing three days of music and unforgettable fun to festival goers, TidalWave Music Festival took place August 11, 12, and 13 in an idyllic setting that seamlessly blended the magic of Country music with the beauty of the beach.   

The festival featured two stages: the Next From Nashville stage, which showcased Music City’s hottest new stars, and the Main Stage. 

Previously, the Next From Nashville stage has welcomed performances from artists such as Chris Stapleton, HARDY, Sam Hunt, Cole Swindell, Kelsea Ballerini, and others, solidifying its reputation as a pivotal platform for the initiation of country music careers.

TidalWave Music Festival; Photo by FlyHi Films
TidalWave Music Festival; Photo by FlyHi Films

The nonstop fun kicked off on Friday with sets from rising stars Mackenzie Carpenter, Aaron Raitiere, Chase McDaniel, and Pillbox Patti on the Next From Nashville Stage, while Dee Jay Silver got things started on the Main Stage. 

Nate Smith, Jo Dee Messina, and Cole Swindell got the crowd warmed up for Friday’s headliner, Thomas Rhett, who thrilled fans with a set that included his hits and plenty of pyrotechnics. 

Both stages were rocking once again on Saturday with Aidan Canfield, Peytan Porter, John Morgan, Mackenzie Porter, Jake Worthington, and Madeline Edwards holding it down on the Next From Nashville stage, and Corey Keny, Hailey Whitters, Dylan Scott, Mitchell Tenpenny, Dustin Lynch, and Jason Aldean commanding the Main Stage with electrifying performances. 

Jason Aldean; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Jason Aldean; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE

The showcase of up-and-coming artists continued on Sunday with the Next From Nashville Stage hosting performances by Dylan Marlowe, Lauren Watkins, George Birge, Ben Burgess, and Megan Moroney. 

That evening, the TidalWave Music Festival Main Stage came to a close with Cooper Alan, Priscilla Block, Lindsay Ell, Randy House, Jelly Roll, and headliner Brooks & Dunn. 

Over the course of three days, the festival allowed music lovers to experience some of country music’s hottest stars and most talented newcomers in a breezy, beachside setting. Re-live the excitement of TidalWave Music Festival below.

Mackenzie Carpenter; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Mackenzie Carpenter; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Mackenzie Carpenter; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Mackenzie Carpenter; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Jo Dee Messina; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Jo Dee Messina; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Jo Dee Messina; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Jo Dee Messina; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Cole Swindell; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Cole Swindell; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Thomas Rhett; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Thomas Rhett; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Peytan Porter; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Peytan Porter; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Peytan Porter; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Peytan Porter; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Dustin Lynch; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Dustin Lynch; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Dustin Lynch; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Dustin Lynch; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Jason Aldean; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Jason Aldean; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Dylan Marlowe; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Dylan Marlowe; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Lauren Watkins; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Lauren Watkins; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Megan Moroney; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Megan Moroney; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Randy Houser; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Randy Houser; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Jelly Roll; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Jelly Roll; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Jelly Roll; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Jelly Roll; Photo by ALIVECOVERAGE
Brooks & Dunn; Photo by Braden Carney
Brooks & Dunn; Photo by Braden Carney

TidalWave is an integral member of Live Nation’s esteemed collection of country music festivals taking place throughout the nation. This includes Faster Horses in Brooklyn, MI, Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BEACH IT! Music Festival in Virginia Beach Oceanfront, VA, and Watershed Music Festival in George, WA.

Share on:

Lauren Jo Black

Written by

Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.