Last year, Langerado Music Festival got plenty of national attention, particularly because of its strong lineup which included R.E.M., Beastie Boys, Matisyahu, 311, The Roots and Ani DiFranco. However, the festival couldn't escape the logistical nightmare that was Big Cypress Indian Reservation. The 15-mile single lane highway leading up to the venue was a nightmare for attendees and performers alike. The remote location also didn't allow for additional performances at nearby venues because, er, there weren't any.
Despite the setbacks, event organizers are looking to keep Langerado moving in the right direction by changing locations once again, this time to probably its most ambitious locale yet: Miami's Bicentennial Park. The central location and 35,000 capacity seems a perfect fit for a festival that seems to be growing every year. In an interview with Billboard, festival co-producer Ethan Schwartz says last year's "four-day festival drew about 25,000 people per day and grossed $4.3 million."
No clues as to who is booked for the 2009 edition, which spans three days, March 6-8, but Schwartz reveals that 60 performers will perform across four stages and 75 to 80 percent of those already booked have never played the festival before. And the party doesn't stop once attendees leave Bicentennial. The festival's Web site states that "late night shows will take place at multiple venues throughout Miami, including downtown, the Design District and world famous South Beach."
Full line-up will be announced in early November, so stayed tuned.