Faster Horses 2022: 8 things to know for the country music festival

The ninth Faster Horses country music festival kicks off Friday, July 22 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, with Jake Owen and Morgen Wallen capping off the night.

The sold-out event has 37 shows on two stages, throughout the three-day event. But music isn’t the only draw – there’s a smattering of activities, like a car show, fun run, giant waterslide, arcade, line dancing, braid bar and more.

Here’s everything you need to know about Faster Horses 2022 – from the event schedule to weather forecasts, to the activities to safety tips.

Maps of the venue

For an overall map of the property – including locations for the campsites, checkpoints, box offices, tram routes and concert venue – click this link.

There’s a separate map showing the main venue area, itself. That includes locations for the activities, the concert stages, a misting zone, a free drinking water area, merchandise areas, bathrooms, phone charging stations, where to find first aid and more. Click here to see that.

The concert schedule

Here’s the schedule of performances for the weekend:

Friday, Main Stage

  • 2 p.m.: Dee Jay Silver
  • 2:30 p.m.: Larry Fleet
  • 3:30 p.m.: Niko Moon
  • 4:45 p.m.: Lauren Alaina
  • 6:10 p.m.: Jordan Davis
  • 7:45 p.m.: Jake Owen
  • 9:30 p.m.: Morgen Wallen

Friday, Next from Nashville Stage

  • 1:40 p.m.: Erin Kinsey
  • 2:20 p.m.: Tyler Braden
  • 3:10 p.m.: Angie K
  • 4:15 p.m.: Alexandra Kay
  • 5:25 p.m.: Tiera Kennedy
  • 6:45 p.m.: King Calaway

Saturday, Main Stage

  • 2:25 p.m.: Dee Jay Silver
  • 3:30 p.m.: Caitlyn Smith
  • 4:45 p.m.: Michael Ray
  • 6:10 p.m.: Chris Janson
  • 7:45 p.m.: Brothers Osborne
  • 9:35 p.m.: Eric Church

Saturday, Next from Nashville Stage

  • 1:40 p.m.: Charley
  • 2:20 p.m.: Cooper Alan
  • 3:10 p.m.: Alana Springsteen
  • 4:15 p.m.: Jackson Dean
  • 5:25 p.m.: Dillon Carmichael
  • 6:45 p.m.: Ray Fulcher

Sunday, Main Stage

  • 2 p.m.: Dee Jay Silver
  • 2:30 p.m.: Morgan Wade
  • 3:30 p.m.: Runaway June
  • 4:45 p.m.: Jameson Rodgers
  • 6:10 p.m.: Ashley McBryde
  • 7:45 p.m.: Cole Swindell
  • 9:30 p.m.: Tim McGraw

Sunday, Next from Nashville Stage

  • 2:20 p.m.: Seaforth
  • 3:10 p.m.: Robyn Ottolini
  • 4:15 p.m. Ashley Cooke
  • 5:25 p.m.: Restless Road
  • 6:45 p.m.: Priscilla Block

The activity list

There’s plenty to do outside of the concerts. Click here for the all details and locations:

Here’s a list of some of the offerings:

  • A campsite decorating contest, this year’s theme is “Safari.”
  • The Body Shop, which sells official Faster Horses merchandise
  • The Dating Game, 3:45 p.m. Saturday around the Next from Nashville Stage
  • The Pit Stop, where food vendors are
  • A roaming stage
  • Faster Humans Fun Run (costumes encouraged), 10:30 a.m. Saturday
  • Hustle and Muscle Classic Car and Truck Show, Sunday afternoon
  • Braid bar with hair stylists, noon to 7 p.m. each day
  • Creation Station Art Bar arts and crafts station
  • Late night dance party, following the final act on Friday and Saturday
  • Whiskey Dick’s Saloon, featuring drinks, music bingo and trivia
  • Giant waterslide
  • Free arcade, near The Pit Stop
  • Vertigo Swing
  • Line Dancing at the Irish Hills Stage
  • Silo Market Place, with everything from clothing to jewelry
  • Sober Horses, a group of attendees enjoying the festival drug and alcohol free

The weather forecast

The event already had storms to deal with Thursday night as campers moved in. More storms are in the forecast later in the weekend.

Here’s the forecast, per the National Weather Service:

  • Friday: Sunny, high of 89 degrees
  • Friday night: Mostly clear, then 30% chance of showers, low of 66 degrees
  • Saturday: 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, high of 89 degrees
  • Saturday night: 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, low of 71 degrees
  • Sunday: 60% chance of showers, high of 87 degrees

COVID-19 policy

Earlier this year, Faster Horses announced it would require attendees to either show proof of vaccination or proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test.

The festival has since changed direction: There will be no COVID requirements of any kind at the event.

Faster Horses 2021 resulted in at least 111 known cases of COVID, including 94 people who attended the festival and 17 of their contacts, per the state health department.

One of the secondary cases required hospitalization. There were no COVID deaths traced to the festival.

Prohibited items

All of the following are prohibited at the Faster Horses festival site (where the concerts are):

  • Drones
  • Alcohol
  • Any beverages other than one 20-ounce, factory-sealed bottle of water
  • Glass Bottles or Cans
  • Zoom Lens Cameras
  • Go Pros
  • Coolers
  • Non Clear Bags or Backpacks
  • Stools
  • Illegal Substances
  • Laser Pointers
  • Umbrellas
  • Shade structures of any kind
  • Animals (with exception to service animals)
  • Recorders (Audio or Video)
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Totems, large signs
  • Fireworks
  • Aerosol cans
  • Anything deemed unsafe by the venue

Small bags, backpacks and fanny packs are allowed, as long as they’re clear and 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, or smaller. Camelbaks 1.5 liters or smaller and clutch purses/wallets 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches or smaller don’t need to be clear.

Cashless Horses

Faster Horses is mostly cashless. People can pay with credit/debit cards, Apple/Google Pay or sign up to have their wristband connected to their card and can pay for items with that. People can register their wristband at guest services.

Attendees can exchange cash inside the venue for a prepaid card if they only have cash.

Campgrounds may still allow cash transactions.

Safety tips

An MLive investigation into police reports from Faster Horses uncovered 91 assault reports, 30 criminal sexual conduct reports and six deaths from the festival’s eight years. Subsequently, the outlet was denied media credentials to cover this year’s event.

Attendees recommend to stay in groups and never travel alone, keep your phone charged and make friends with those in neighboring campsites.

RELATED: Know your neighbors, travel in pairs: Faster Horses attendees weigh in on event safety

Faster Horses has beefed up its safety resources this year, including:

  • Attendees can text HORSES to 69050 to report any suspicious, dangerous or inappropriate behavior or if somebody’s sick and needs medical help
  • AWARE CARE (tent is near The Pit Stop near the north entrance to the infield campground, plus there will be purple-shirted workers roaming the grounds), which is a team of people trained in harm reduction who are there to help with everything from offering ear plugs and directions to helping people in distress
  • A zero tolerance policy, which threatens to eject and ban offenders of verbal or physical harassment of any kind

RELATED: Feeling unsafe at Faster Horses? These new emergency resources are here to help.

Faster Horses is also offering generator safety tips on its website after three young men died from carbon monoxide poisoning at the 2021 festival.

The event website reminds people to bring a functioning carbon monoxide detector and fire detector. Generators should be outdoors, far from any structure. People should pipe up internal generators to reduce noise and divert exhaust fumes above the camper and away from neighbors. Free-standing generators can use a muffle box to reduce noise and direct exhaust away.

For more Faster Horses coverage, click here

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