Country music star Garth Brooks snagged the spotlight Friday at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin with a press conference announcing a free concert in the capital city Saturday.
The concert, set for Auditorium Shores beginning at 11 a.m. with several second-billed acts, sold out in under five minutes. According to the Austin American-Statesman, tickets were only available to residents of Austin and surrounding areas, as well as SXSW badge and music-wristband holders.
Amazon Music, which now has exclusive rights to Brooks’ music for streaming, is picking up the tab for the performance.
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Opening the show are Sunny Sweeney, Nicole Atkins, Holly Macve, Shannon McNally, Cale Tyson, and Colter Wall.
Brooks was also scheduled to give a keynote speech at SXSW on Friday afternoon.
According to the American-Statesman, the concert will be the largest show SXSW has ever sponsored at the 20,000-capacity Auditorium Shores.