DeLuna Fest in Pensacola Beach Announces 2012 Dates

​A heads up for folks seeking a late-summer musical vacation: Dates have been announced for the annual DeLuna Fest in Pensacola. 

From September 21-23, an eclectic bunch of acts will play on stages situated on the pristine, white sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast city to barefooted music lovers with hotel rooms nearby. 

In contrast to other upcoming Florida camping festivals such as Aura, Springfest, and Wannee, DeLuna offers the sort of comfort and ease that would please a blue-haired shuffleboard champion from Quebec--aka the typical Pensacola vacationer.

While it is unlikely that Bing Crosby will be on the bill when the artists are announced (which would surely please ol' blue hair) there will probably be enough musical goodness to make up for his absence.

In years past, big names like Willie Nelson, Jane's Addiction, Stone Temple Pilots, Weezer, 311, the Shins, Big Boi, and Girl Talk have played the fest. And a myriad of slightly lesser known treasures like Toubab Krewe, Cake, the New Pornographers, Diplo, and Ghostland Observatory have all performed, as well.

Early bird tickets for this end of summer jammer go on sale March 1, for $99. And the line-up will reportedly be announced soon. 

To further whet your appetite, here's a sweet scene form last year's fest in which shuffleboard champion Rivers Cuomo leads retirees, nostalgic '90s rock fans, and tweeny Weezer fanatics in an anthemic rendition of "Island in the Sun," a tune which embodies what this fest is all about.

DeLuna Fest. September 21-23 in Pensacola. Early birds tickets cost $99. Click here.

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Travis Newbill