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Rock The South Offers Reward After Concertgoer Is Assaulted


The organizers of Rock The South are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for beating 18-year-old Reid Watts at the festival Saturday (July 22nd).

Videos shared on TikTok show the teen being kicked and punched by several others at the event. According to a post from his mother, Kaci Howard, “Several grown men (30s-40s) who jumped on him and beat him unconscious while his girlfriend stood there screaming and crying for help.”

Rock The South – billed as the south’s biggest party – kicked off in Culman, Alabama Friday (July 21st) and featured acts such as Zach Bryan, Travis Tritt, Chris Stapleton and Cody Johnson.

Organizers of the event released a statement Sunday (July 23rd) that read, “Organizers of Rock the South are offering a $10,000 reward plus lifetime tickets to Rock the South for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the physical assault of Reid Watts on Saturday, July 22nd.

“Rock the South welcomed over 35K attendees yesterday evening and event organizers are working with local law enforcement to identify the perpetrators.

“The Cullman Police Department is reviewing all footage taken at Rock the South close to where the incident took place; these videos were shared by both event attendees and Rock the South cameras monitoring the festival.”

According to a report from WVTM13, Cullman Police say they believe they have identified a suspect but have not yet released his name.