The countdown to Sam Hunt in Tampa is down to 9 days. I went to my first Tortuga Music Festival back in 2015. “Take Your Time” was the biggest song on QYK at the time but Sam was still pretty new. Those who planned which artists would play the main stage and who would be on the much smaller new artists stage probably didn’t anticipate the crowd size Sam Hunt would bring. Even though Kenny Chesney and others playing the festival that year had years and years of hits, the loudest crowd of the weekend was most definitely for Sam. The guys working security clearly looked pale in the face because the smaller stage wasn’t staffed for this size turnout. But all went off without any big problems. The next time Sam played Tortuga, they definitely knew which stage to put him on.

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