The sun just set on Tortuga Music Festival about 18 hours ago, and already, a limited number of advance tickets are on sale for the 2016 edition of what is becoming a signature event on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
They'll cost you $165. Dates have not yet been determined, but they will be sometime in April, according to the event website.
Sources tell New Times that Blake Shelton is confirmed as a headliner.
While supporters mostly said the event — which this year featured Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, the Doobie Brothers, Jake Owen, and the Band Perry —- was awesome, some observers complained about the mounds of trash left by concertgoers at the end of the show — ironic for an event that purports to promote ocean conservation.
But a Tortuga spokesperson said all trash was cleaned up in the hours following the concert, and indeed the back looks back to near-pristine condition today. "We take that very seriously," he said.
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On Facebook , where pictures of trash were posted and attendees argued over whether Kenny Chesney is a has-been or not, Tortuga's account administrator posted:
Hey y'all - We work with our crew and whole bunch of fans like you who volunteer to help us pick up the trash after the event. Our goal every year to make the beach more beautiful than how we found it. We are working hard today to do that and all through last night and will make sure to share the progress with you. We also worked with a wonderful partner, Clean Vibes, LLC and created a Trading Post on-site to encourage fans to pick up their own trash in exchange for festival prizes. We hate trash, just as much as you y'all.
Attendance figures were not yet in but they were said to have broken last year's record of 44,000.
Have a good time, Fort Lauderdale — but get that garbage into the trash cans, please!