Suwannee Hulaween returns to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park & Campground, this October 27-29, 2017 for a three-day Halloween celebration. The full lineup has just been released, and it includes an all-star list of artists including The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Griz, Portugal. The Man, The Disco Biscuits, Claude VonStroke, Lettuce, Beats Antique, FKJ, Moon Taxi, Keys N Krates, Destructo, Shiba San, Manic Focus, and many more. 3-day General Admission tickets and Thursday pre-party tickets are still on sale, however, VIP tickets are sold out. For more information, make sure to check the festival website and FAQs page.
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III Points Festival has released its 2017 lineup, which takes place this October 13-15 at the Wynwood Convention Center in Miami, FL. Featured artists include The XX, Gorillaz, Richie Hawtin, Bonobo (Live), Lane 8, Rufus Du Sol, Kaytranada, Danny Brown, and many more. III Points curates a line-up of cutting edge international performances paired with the best of the Miami’s music scene. Over the three days of the festival and 85+ performers, III Points takes over the town with lectures, labs, tech talks, music & gallery showcases and a fully immersive main festival ground. Tickets are currently available, with 3-day General Admission tickets starting at $190 (not including taxes and fees) and 3-day VIP tickets starting at $295 (not including taxes and fees). For more information, check the festival website and frequently asked questions.
Sunset Music Festival returns to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL this May 27-28, 2017. The lineup includes artists like Major Lazer, RL Grime, Above & Beyond, Zeds Dead, Cedric Gervais, Dusky, Gareth Emery, G Jones, San Holo, MaRLo, Slander, SNAILS, Aly & Fila, Kill the Noise, Louis the Child, Yellow Claw, and many more. Tickets are currently available with 2-day GA tickets going for $159.95 (plus fees) and 2-day VIP tickets for $259.95 (plus fees). Included on the ticketing website are various other merchandise and offers, including locker rentals. Make sure to also check out SMF’s info pages, including their guide, safety, and location information.
Tipper & Friends Nocturnal Edition returns to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park & Campground this May 19-20, 2017. This year’s event will feature an eclectic mix of art and music, including 3 sets of Tipper, Shpongle (Simon Posford Live), Cut Chemist, Shield, Klo, LTJ Bukem, Jade Cicada, Hullabalo0, Vinja, Charlesthefirst, Detox Unit, Ovoid, Sortof Vague, and Foxtail, and visual artist Android Jones. Tickets are currently available, with GA + Primitive Camping for $99, with some camping upgrades available. This is an all-ages event; children 12 and under may attend free when accompanied by an adult. For additional information, make sure to check out the FAQ page.
Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival 2017 is just a week away, and if you haven’t purchased tickets yet, you should do that before it’s too late! All ticket options are currently sold out, except for 4-day General Admission passes. And don’t forget to check the schedule, so you can plan your weekend. Building off of a stand-out inaugural year last year, Okeechobee Music Festival returns with a strong lineup of diverse artists spanning the spectrum of music. With that in mind, we wanted to highlight some of the artists we are excited to see, with an emphasis on some of the talented, but less mainstream artists.
Let’s be clear here, you do not want to miss the PoWoW! If you’re not familiar, a PoWoW! is a gathering of artists that you normally wouldn’t see perform together, from different genres of music, coming together to put on one spectacular performance. This year’s PoWoW! will feature Michael McDonald (of both Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers), joined by R&B vocalist, GALLANT, DJ/producer/saxophonist Griz, Funk outfit Vulpeck, Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soullive), soul singer Antwaun Stanley, and members of Snarky Puppy.
Nightmares on Wax at Jungle 51
Nightmares on Wax, AKA George Evelyn, has been gracing the music scene since 1988. He’s been DJing and touring longer than many of the Okeechobee attendants have been alive. Nightmares on Wax will be playing a three-hour set from 9:30AM to 12:30AM on Sunday, at Jungle 51. Not only is Nightmares on Wax an incredible DJ, he will also be performing at, what is in my opinion, one of the best parts of Okeechobee. Jungle 51 is a stage deep in the palm jungles of Okeechobee. The stage is heavily focused on late-night House and Tech DJ sets, where DJs play until the sun comes up. If you’re the kind of person that likes to simultaneously slow things down, while also getting rowdy in the jungle, then make sure you make it to Jungle 51.
Whethan at Aquachobee Beach
Chicago native Ethan Snoreck, better known by his stage name, Whethan, will be performing from 3:45-4:45PM at Aquachobee Beach, for the thissongissick Beach Party. Whethan’s chilled out signature sound should be the perfect vibe for a daytime beach party at Aquachobee Beach.
The Golden Pony at Aquachobee Beach
This self-proclaimed curly male duo, consisting of Timothy Monkiewicz and Thomas Murphy, hails from Brooklyn. The duo credits a long list of artists that influence them, ranging from Jimi Hendrix, The Pixies, AC/DC, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Madonna, and pretty much everything in between. Their list of influences is exhaustive, which can probably help to explain their dynamic sound that pulls its style from a variety of genres. The Golden Pony performs on Sunday from 2:00-3:00PM at Aquachobee.
The Knocks (Live) at Now
This duo hails from New York City, consisting of members Ben “DJ B-Roc” Ruttner and James “JPatt” Patterson. These folks have been touring and producing for years, injecting their brand of Indie Dance, Nu Disco, and House into the music scene. They have been on fire lately, having just provided support for Justin Bieber on his Purpose Tour. They also just released a brand-new album titled TESTIFY. The unfortunate reality of music festivals is that people must make tough decisions about which artists they want to see, due to the inevitability of overlapping set times. If you take our advice on The Golden Pony, you’ll have to decide what to about The Knocks. The Knocks play Sunday from 2:30-3:30PM at the Now Stage, which overlaps with The Golden Pony’s 2:00-3:00PM set. Why not catch a little of both?
Louis the Child at Now
Another duo on our list, Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett hail from Chicago. These two have been making quite a splash in the music world recently. They just released their Holy Ship! 2017 Live Mix, where they performed back-to-back with Big Gigantic, Slander, Ghastly, Jai Wolf, and Manila Killa. Their newest single, Phone Died, releases the first day of Okeechobee—March 2nd. The rest of the EP comes out later in March. They list some of their influences as Flume, Mr. Carmack, Mat Zo, Madeon, Porter Robinson, Cashmere Cat, and Jai Wolf. Louis the Child will be performing Friday from 5:15-6:15PM at the Now Stage.
While Dancebreak focuses more on electronic dance music, we love music in general! This is why Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is one of our favorite events—there’s a healthy balance of music diversity. It’s an excellent festival for music discovery, so go out there and discover! Use Okeechobee as an opportunity to check out new and unfamiliar artists. You won’t be disappointed.
Soundslinger, LLC, is bringing Okeechobee Music Festival back to its 600-acre property at Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, Florida. Okeechobee Music Festival had a wildly successful inaugural year, with an incredible blend of music, dancing, art, yoga, and food. 2017’s event will take place from March 2-5, featuring artists like Kings of Leon, Usher & The Roots, Bassnectar, Flume, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, Proter Robinson (Live), Young The Giant, Griz, Soja, Snails, Waka Flocka Flame, Porter Robinson (Live), Sleigh Bells, Louis The Child, and many more.
A limited quantity of both 3-day and 4-day Early Bird festival tickets as well as Early Bird VIP packages are on sale now via OkeechobeeFest.com. Early Bird 3 day GA price is $229, Early Bird 4 day GA price is $249, and Early Bird Eternal Sunshine VIP price is $599. Once the limited quantity of Early Bird tickets are sold out, additional GA tickets will be available at the Tier 1 price. Additional major artists and other news to be announced in the coming weeks.
Okeechobee’s festival site has been carefully prepared to capture the natural beauty of the sunshine state, and give the festival an intimate feeling. Building upon the epic experience that greeted patrons in its inaugural year, Soundslinger has further invested in new art, amenities and infrastructure for Okeechobee’s second annual edition. An assortment of spectacular multi-media immersive art installations dot the landscape, including unique pieces commissioned specifically for the festival with an emphasis on upcycled materials. Patrons will stumble upon large scale structures and small intimate interactive pieces as they experience the artistic heart and soul of the festival in ChobeeWobee Village, or spend time exploring the majestic Sunshine Grove through every hidden hammock, grove of palms, and secret pathway throughout the festival site. When hunger strikes after an afternoon of dancing, a wide array of locally sourced treats from some of Florida’s most popular food trucks and artisanal purveyors will be on hand to satiate the most voracious appetites and discerning palates. Meanwhile, Yogachobee offers a place for healing, exploration, and reflection on the epic musical moments and experiences, with yoga, meditation, permaculture workshops, speakers and more.
“We are excited to build upon the success of OMF 16. This year’s lineup is great and we have more surprises to come. We are opening up more of our amazing property for people to explore, and continuing to invest in art and the overall festival experience. Can’t wait to open the doors on March 2nd!”
– Kevin Collinsworth (Soundslinger CEO)
In addition to continuously improving the festival operations, logistics & overall fan experience, an ongoing endeavor of the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is to do everything possible to respect and cherish the natural beauty of the festival site, the surrounding area, and the earth as a whole. Each year the festival will make progress towards the eventual goal of being a carbon neutral event while utilizing as many biodegradable, repurposed, recycled & sustainable materials as possible.
4-Day GA Passes include parking, tent camping, and access to all four days of the festival. Fans can make the most out of their weekend with the Eternal Sunshine VIP Experience, a variety of Tent and RV Rental options, the Eternal Sunshine VIP Boutique Camping Experience, or a Super VIP Luxury Tour Bus package called The Grand Kachobee. These ticket and lodging packages are customized to give each fan an experience that they will never forget. Detailed information is available on the website.
Zen Awakening Festival returns to Orlando, FL for its third year this November 18-20. Billed as “Orlando’s only transformational, music and arts festival,” the festival will feature a variety of DJs, jam bands, yoga, meditation, a water slide, a suspended tent village, Cirque performers, camping, and more. The festival focuses on personal transformation, healing, raising consciousness, selfless service, and community.
This year’s event will feature headliner Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics, with other artists including Buku, Eliot Lipp, Spankalicious, Space Jesus, The Russliquid Test, Zoogma, Levitation Jones, Yheti, and many more. Tickets are still available with General Admission 3-day camping passes selling for $144. VIP TeePee camping options are currently sold out, however, Enlightened Glamping options are still available for groups of two ($850) or four ($1500). For more information, make sure to check out the rules and guidelines and camping information.
It should come as no surprise to anyone who attended Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival 2016 that Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will be returning in 2017. Okeechobee 2016 was a smashing success, so the festival was all but guaranteed to return. The festival will return to its home, Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, FL, March 2-5 2017. The privately owned ranch features a sandy beach, grassy flat lands, and tropical jungles. The festival promoters have vowed to build upon last year’s success; Chief Creative Officer and co-Founder Paul Peck says, “There were so many once-in-a-lifetime moments at Okeechobee ’16. In 2017, we’re going to build upon the magic we created last year by adding new, next level surprises. Those special, shared experiences that will never happen again is what Okeechobee is all about.”
A very limited amount of pre-sale tickets will be available for $229.50 for General Admission, and $599 for VIP, tomorrow (Wednesday, August 17) at 11AM EDT.
Suwannee Hulaween, the annual electronic and jam festival headlined by The String Cheese Incident returns to The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park & Campground in Live Oak, FL. This year’s festival takes place from Oct. 28-30 and will features artists like Disclosure (DJ Set), Logic, STS9, Big Gigantic ft. The Motet, Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce, Gramatik, Boys Noize, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Snarky Puppy, The Motet, Unlike Pluto, Manic Focus, and many more. Tickets go on sale today at noon, with early bird general admission going for $189 (plus taxes and fees), while early bird VIP passes start at $399 (plus taxes and fees). Car camping passes are available for $20.00. Due to the increase in popularity in 2015, Suwanee Hulaween is capping the number of tickets at 20,000, and the number of car camping passes at 5,000, so make sure you get your passes early! Other ticket options are available here.
The festival also boasts other attractions, like workshops and disc golf, visual art, contests, and more. Make sure to check the website for additional information including lodging accomodations and FAQs. Don’t forget to get your tickets for this year’s event!
While the 2015 Sunset Music Festival (SMF) has come and gone, the vivid memories of the music, lights, pyrotechnics, and eclectic outfits that took over Raymond James Stadium this past weekend remain. Although Sunset is a relative new-comer in the world of electronic music festivals, there is a lot to be said about this Tampa production.
Large music festivals that feature electronic music, like SMF, have a tendency to draw polarized criticism from a variety of groups, especially if the festival doesn’t carefully balance the many demands of interested parties. Electronic musical purists and fans of underground music often gripe about the commercialization of a genre(s) that was once considered entirely underground and far removed from the mainstream. Purists point to some of the changing demographics and attitudes towards electronic festivals, which now regularly attract average radio listeners. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise though, as electronic music has fully cemented itself into American (and global) pop culture. With the attention of a diverse audience at stake, festival promoters need to ensure that the music is popular enough to draw large crowds to remain profitable and allow the opportunity for growth, but underground enough to attract the dedicated fans that keep the life in the music when it’s not just a trend. At the same time, electronic music festivals have come under fire for their association with recreational drug use, and on top of that, the competition has been getting stiffer. With options for festivals growing, festival promoters are increasingly competing with each other over the market.
This year marked the first year that Ultra Music Festival Miami lowered ticket prices, after years of expensive tickets. That trend will continue in 2016 as ticket prices will be lower for the second consecutive year. The promoters claim that the decrease in price is a result of listening to fans’ criticisms, but it’s hard to imagine that increased competition didn’t play a role in that decision. Ultra Miami now competes with other wildly popular Florida festivals like EDC Orlando and Sunset, as well as other national and international productions. There’s quite a lot that goes into putting on a festival of such size and in the midst of such a balancing act, Sunset Music Festival appears to have found its balance. Last year’s SMF drew some pretty heavy criticism from fans. Although the music was great, the logistics were lacking. Security was unnecessarily harsh and inconsistent. While some fans didn’t have many issues, others reported security requiring attendants to remove their shoes, and in some cases, their socks. They confiscated everything from glow toys to personal items like gum, chapstick, and tampons, even in cases were items were factory sealed. As a result, security lines were long and personnel seemed particularly unhelpful. On top of that, water lines were quite long and attendants with VIP passes had issues of their own when one of the VIP platforms collapsed.
SMF 2015, however, was markedly different. Festival promoters have a tendency to make claims of responding to fans’ criticisms, but sometimes one wonders if they even make any changes. Actions always speak louder than words, and SMF’s actions spoke loud and clear, in the best way possible. Will call and security lines were a breeze, water lines were strikingly shorter, and personnel seemed more willing to help out attendants in need. Security was more reasonable, allowing attendants to bring in personal items that would have been confiscated last year, glow toys were allowed for all the glow fanatics, as were hula-hoops and totems. There was a noticeable atmosphere of positivity that propelled fans into a fun weekend of dancing and enjoying music.
Even the extreme weather couldn’t stop the fun. Day 1 saw a short interruption in music due to a passing lightning storm, but in the midst of the weather, fans were still cheery. The interruption lasted about an hour from about 5:20PM-6:20PM. Ironically the storm blew threw as SNBRN was finishing up his set at the Horizon Stage. As soon as the weather cleared, the music started back up and so did the dancing; the fans didn’t miss a beat.
Just as the fans picked up where they left off, so did the artists at their respective stages. Where SMF excels is in having stages with coherent flow of artists and music styles that allow for a seamless experience. While the Sunset Stage was dedicated to the usual festival headliners and crowd pleasers like Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Skrillex, etc., the Horizon and Eclipse stages had their own select genres.
Day 1 of the Horizon Stage was packed with House, Future House, and some experimental styles with artists like Duke Dumont, Tchami, and Cashmere Cat, while the Eclipse Stage was dedicated to Trance, with artists like Astrix, Andrew Rayel, MaRLo, and more. Day 2 of the Horizon Stage saw similar styles with House, Tropical House, and Deep House with artists like Robin Schulz, Thomas Jack, Sam Feldt, Viceroy, and an incredible closing live set by Porter Robinson, capping off an exceedingly successful weekend for the Horizon Stage, which had stunning performances all weekend. Day 2 of the Eclipse Stage was more bass and hardstyle oriented with artists like Flosstradamus, Headhunterz, Sub Focus, Keys N Krates, and more.
Like most festivals, Sunset is all about what you make of it, and the overwhelming feeling was that fans and promoters made the most of it. Despite some inclement weather on Day 1, the festival proved to be a fun experience for most, and it was nice to see the promoters follow-through with their promises of making logistical improvements. SMF 2015 certainly proved to be a success—now let’s see what 2016 brings!
Stay tuned for a follow-up interview from this past weekend with one of SMF’s trance artists, MaRLo!