Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Florida Postpones Fest Until 2022

by Jim Casey

The 9th Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam on September 3–5 in Panama City Beach, Florida, has been postponed until 2022. The announcement comes on the heels of a COVID-19 surge in Florida. The new date has been set for June 3–5, 2022.

The news was announced in a press release by Campbell Entertainment Group.

“Due to the ongoing public health emergency caused by the current growth of Covid-19 cases in Bay County, Florida, and across the country, the 9th Annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, scheduled for September 3–5, 2021 in Panama City Beach, has been moved to June 3–5, 2022. Fans who have already purchased passes have the option of retaining those passes until next year’s Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam. For those interested, refunds will be made available in seven days.”

Chris Stapleton, Brooks & Dunn, and Old Dominion were slated to headline the three-day event at Frank Brown Park. Additional performers included Gary Allan, Randy Rogers Band, Tyler Rich, Tigirlily, Tom Yankton, Presley & Taylor, Chris Janson, Frankie Ballard, Darryl Worley, Steve Moakler, Lily Rose, Nate Barnes, Scotty McCreery, Tracy Lawrence, Corey Smith, Elvie Shane, and more.

Three-day general admission passes ranged from $139 (early bird) to $159. A number of VIP packages were also available.

Jam Packed

The 8th Jam in June 2021 was rescheduled twice from its original 2020 date due to the pandemic. The Jam drew more than 23,000 fans each day. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis attended the 8th Jam, which was headlined by Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

“We knew our Jammers were ready to get out, but we sure didn’t expect to break records,” said Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam executive producer Rendy Lovelady in June. “We waited 20 months for this to happen, and it was definitely worth the wait. The best comment I heard from someone was, ‘It was great to get out and feel music again.'”

In addition, the 8th Jam featured performers Cody Jinks, Cole Swindell, Brothers Osborne, Joe Nichols, Billy Ray Cyrus, Riley Green, Lindsay Ell, Tenille Townes, Tenille Arts, and more.

“The only reason we get to be here in Panama City Beach is because we have the best governor in the world,” said Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam COO Mark Sheldon during the event on June 6. “I think it’s only appropriate that we thank him in person. It was amazing to see this family come back together after a long 20 months. Panama City Beach was ready, our staff was ready, our first responders were ready. And most of all our fans were ready to get out and enjoy this amazing event again.”