Music Festivals

Okeechobee Music Festival 2017 Lineup: Kings of Leon, Usher & the Roots, Bassnectar, and More

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival has announced the 2017 lineup for the four-day camping bonanza to be held Thursday, March 2, through Sunday, March 5, at Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee.

Among the more than 70 acts confirmed were Tennessee rockers Kings of Leon, R&B superstar Usher accompanied onstage by the Roots, and Bassnectar, who is one of the few returning acts from 2016. Other highlights on the bill, which cherry-picked equally from the worlds of rock, hip-hop, and EDM, are the Lumineers, Flume, Wiz Khalifa, Blood Orange, George Clinton, Sleigh Bells, Young the Giant, Porter Robinson, and Rae Sremmurd. Sponsors promise more acts will be announced in coming weeks, presumably with additional local acts. So far, only Miami's Jacuzzi Boys represent South Florida.

Early bird tickets are now on sale. Three-day general admission costs $229 and VIP tickets cost $599 via

Despite a sold-out inaugural 2016, Okeechobee Fest had some highly publicized drama last month when Steve Sybesma and Paul Peck resigned from Soundslinger, the company they cofounded with landowner Cliff Rosen in 2014 to produce the event. Their statement vaguely said it was due to "philosophical differences.”

Kevin Collinsworth, John Conk, and Steve Lemon were brought in to replace them. The press release announcing their hiring stated that besides Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, "Soundslinger will begin to launch other events and complimentary projects in its pipeline, including the strategic development of Sunshine Grove to enhance the music and art events it produces."

Here's the full lineup announced so far:
  • Kings of Leon
  • Usher & The Roots (A Rare Co-Performance)
  • Bassnectar
  • The Lumineers
  • Flume
  • Wiz Khalifa
  • Pretty Lights
  • Solange
  • Rae Sremmurd
  • Young The Giant
  • Porter Robinson (Live)
  • Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
  • Griz
  • Cold War Kids
  • Blood Orange
  • Mike Posner
  • D.R.A.M
  • Bleachers
  • SOJA
  • The Revivalists
  • Snails
  • Mac Demarco
  • Waka Flocka Flame
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snakehips
  • Louis The Child
  • The Growlers
  • Moon Taxi
  • The Knocks (Live)
  • Gallant
  • Russ
  • Joey Purp
  • PoWow! A Mashup Collaboration with Special Guests TBA
  • Joy Wave
  • Allen Stone
  • George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
  • FKJ
  • Galactic
  • The Japanese House
  • Lewis Del Mar
  • Bipolar Sunshine
  • Tennyson
  • Jacob Collier
  • Haywyre
  • Whethan
  • Louis Futon
  • Okeechobee Gospel Soul Experience: Blind Boys of Alabama, Allen Stone and More
  • Khruangbin
  • Con Brio
  • Nightmares on Wax (DJ Set)
  • OTT
  • DVS1
  • Kaiydo
  • Futurebirds
  • Rainbow Kitten Surprise
  • Jacob Banks
  • TAUK
  • Ryan Elliott
  • Perpetual Groove
  • Rob Garza (DJ Set)
  • Escort (DJ Set)
  • Jacuzzi Boys
  • Cereus Bright
  • Merchandise
  • VHS Collection
  • Donna Missal
  • Gaudi
  • Sebastian Mullaert aka Minilogue Live
  • Julio
  • WYK
  • CBDB

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