Tortuga Music Festival Announces 2016 Dates, Expands to Three Days

We like the sweet life at Tortuga.
We like the sweet life at Tortuga.
James Argyropoulos

After selling out both days at last year's event, beloved Fort Lauderdale country music meet-up Tortuga Music Festival has just announced it will expand to a third day in 2016, taking over the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park from Friday, April 15, to Sunday, April 17.

Country music Everyman Blake Shelton has already been announced as this year's headlining act, and while the remainder of the performers are still under wraps, organizers insist that 2016's lineup will be on par with previous years' high caliber of country, rock, and roots acts.

Attendees of the festival in previous years will remember an eclectic mix of performers, from Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, and Hank Williams, Jr. to the Doobie Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley, Lynryd Skynyrd, and more.

From the official announcement:

The event serves to celebrate the festival’s ocean side setting while raising awareness of issues impacting the world’s oceans and supporting marine research and conservation, as well as protection of the festival’s namesake – sea turtles that nest annually along South Florida’s Atlantic seaboard.

“We’ve had a unanimously tremendous response from the artists, fans and community expressing what a unique and special event Tortuga has become,” says HUKA Entertainment Chief Experience Officer A.J. Niland, “We’re thrilled to be in the position to?offer fans an extra day and more Tortuga-time on the sand.” ...

This year's Conservation Village, which will again be curated by Rock The Ocean’s Chris Stacey, will play host to more than a dozen organizations dedicated to marine research and conservation, and will provide interactive, educational experiences for festival patrons.

Additionally, festivalgoers will again be encouraged to collect waste at the event site to minimize the festival’s impact on the environment, as in previous years, when fans were rewarded for their efforts with various premiums given in exchange for collected trash.

A limited number of discounted presale tickets go on sale online this Friday, October 2, at 10 a.m., including three-day general-admission tickets for $179 each, three-day VIP tickets for $679 each, and three-day Super VIP tickets for $1,149 each (plus shipping and handling fees). A four-ticket purchase limit will also be in effect. Based on last year's sold-out crowds, you'll want to jump on yours fast.

Check back here for more Tortuga updates, including breaking lineup announcements, and visit tortugamusicfestival.com for details.

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