Now through Sunday, November 6, you can continue to get early bird-priced tickets for the inaugural Riptide Music Festival held December 3 to 4 on Fort Lauderdale Beach via riptidefest.com. Starting Monday, November 7, prices will increase to Tier 2. While it is unclear how far they will skyrocket, the early bird deal is a pretty good one, with one-day general admission tickets going for $50 and a pass for both days at $75.
Put together by Entercom, which owns four South Florida radio stations, the fest is separated into days targeted at different audiences. Saturday is for fans of modern and indie rock who listen to 104.3 the Shark (WSFS-FM). Headliners are Silversun Pickups, who earlier this year put on a raucous show at the Culture Room. Other highlights include Scandinavian electro-pop group Miike Snow, the pop-punk celebrities of Good Charlotte, and the reggae-inspired Dirty Heads.
Sunday has a more retro feel inspired by the playlists of 102.7 the Beach (WMXJ-FM) and 101.5 Lite FM (WLYF-FM). Among the legends of yesteryear who will be making their presence known on stage are R&B powerhouses Earth, Wind & Fire, the Athens, Georgia party-pop band the B-52s of "Love Shack" fame, and a taste of what the '80s was like at Fort Lauderdale Beach with local heroes Exposé and Debbie Deb. Also included on the roster for '80s flashbacks are the Fixx and A Flock of Seagulls, with more artists still to be named.
Fest sponsors promise more than just music at a picturesque beach setting: "In addition to amazing performances, the weekend festival will feature an elevated culinary experience with expansive local and eclectic offerings featuring foods from regional eateries, as well as in the world, along with the Underground Lounge experience, where sound meets music, film meets imagination and art meets fashion."
So the cost-conscious among you should hurry up with those credit cards.