It's a sure sign that spring is just around the corner. Busch Gardens in Williamsburg has started the promotional push for the upcoming season. A press release issued this week announces that Christian acts Kirk Franklin and Third Day will join country singer Kellie Pickler and pop acts Cobra Starship and Hot Chelle Rae at the park.
Victoria Justice of the Nickelodeon's sitcom "Victorious" will also perform as part of her first-ever national tour.
Busch Gardens concerts are included in regular park admission.
Here's the lineup announced this week. More concerts are likely to be announced as summer creeps closer.
Glory at the Gardens series featuring gospel and contemporary Christian acts:
newsboys -- May 6
Kirk Franklin -- May 20
Chris Tomlin -- June 10
Third Day -- June 24
Busch Gardens Live, featuring pop, rock and country:
Cobra Starship -- May 13
Hot Chelle Rae -- June 3
Kellie Pickler -- June 17
Victoria Justice -- Aug. 26
What follows is part of the press release sent out this week.
BUSCH GARDENS ANNOUNCES
CONCERT AND EVENT LINEUP FOR 2012
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (February 21, 2012) – Busch Gardens today announced its 2012 concert and event lineup. This year’s lineup features a mix of fan favorites and fresh faces sure to please everyone in the family. The concerts and events held at Busch Gardens are included with park admission.
Glory at the Gardens returns this year with performances by top contemporary Christian and Gospel artists. Third Day, Kirk Franklin, Chris Tomlin and newsboys will perform Sundays this spring at the Royal Palace Theatre.
Busch Gardens LIVE kicks off in May with performances by Cobra Starship, Kellie Pickler and Hot Chelle Rae. And later this summer, Victoria Justice, star of Nickelodeon’s Victorious, will take the stage as part of her first U.S. summer tour.
Get ready for extreme sports action when the ASA Action Sports World Tour performs at Busch Gardens during Ramp Jam this spring. Watch as world-class skateboarders, BMX riders and inline skaters perform amazing tricks on theX-Games half-pipe. And make sure to visit Busch Gardens on July 3 – 4 for two days of intense fireworks celebrating Independence Day.
With the return of the IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore this summer, Howl-O-Scream in the fall and Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration during the holiday season, guests are in for a year full of fun.
A complete special events series schedule is listed below. Performances are subject to change without notice. Visit www.buschgardens.com/va for the most up-to-date details.
Busch Gardens 2012 Concert and Event Lineup
Glory at the Gardens
Featuring top contemporary Christian and Gospel artists.
- newsboys (May 6)
- Kirk Franklin (May 20)
- Chris Tomlin (June 10)
- Third Day (June 24)
Busch Gardens LIVE
Busch Gardens heats up the stage with sizzling summer concerts.
- Cobra Starship (May 13)
- Hot Chelle Rae (June 3)
- Kellie Pickler (June 17)
- Victoria Justice (August 26)