Update - September 17, 1:25 p.m.: An earlier version of this article stated that Soundslinger LLC was the same group of promoters/producers behind Bonnaroo and Outside Lands. The current version has been corrected to reflect that
You win some, you lose some. While we've long since waved farewell to some of our favorite Florida campout fests — Langerado and Harvest of Hope, to name just a couple lost in the ether — this morning we've been #blessed with some great news for music lovers across the Sunshine State.
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Soundslinger LLC, a team of veteran concert promoters and producers with credits spanning stalwart festivals like Tennessee's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and San Francisco's Outside Lands, among others, has announced the launch of Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, a new three-day festival slated for March 4 to 6, 2016. According to the release, the event will be Florida's biggest-ever camping festival, with five diverse stages featuring more than 80 artists, bands, and DJs from around the world.
An initial lineup announcement is imminent, but until then, allow the following to whet your appetites:
Centrally located at Florida's Sunshine Grove (12517 NE 91st Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972) on over 800 acres of pristine grasslands, clear lakes, and exotic tropical woodlands, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will present creative souls from around the world with a matchless designed topography in which to celebrate. Festival attractions will include a white-sand lakeside-swimming beach and bar, wooded VIP camping areas, and an assortment of spectacular immersive art installations. Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will also feature a wide array of locally sourced treats from some of Florida's most popular food trucks, craft beer makers, and artisanal purveyors. Environmental and other socially conscious campaigns will be presented, as well as yoga, meditation, and holistic workshops instructed by world-renowned body workers.
"We believe that the festival culture in the US is at a crossroads," says Soundslinger COO/Chief Creative Officer Paul Peck, who helped launch and develop Bonnaroo. "People are looking for meaningful festival experiences and events where they can connect with a true sense of inspiration and community. Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will offer something truly special. Sunshine Grove is the most naturally beautiful festival site in the country and we're transforming it into a magical new world of music, food, art, and creativity. I can't wait to share with fans what we're cooking up."
The three-day, independently produced gathering will be highlighted by a dusk-til-dawn stage showcasing "the world's top electronic artists as well as a series of once-in-a-lifetime artist collaborations produced by the creative force behind the world famous Bonnaroo SuperJam."
Check back here for updates, and visit okeechobeefest.com.