Music Festivals

Tortuga Music Festival's Chris Stacey and A.J. Niland on What to Wear and Who to Bring to the Festival

It's still a month off, and advance and early bird tickets for the inaugural Tortuga Music Festival are almost entirely sold out. That's not to say that you still can't gain entrance to see the Fort Lauderdale Beach fest with Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, the Avett Brothers, and other big acts. These sort of sales are just impressive for any festival here in South Florida. Remember Langerado? 

The reason for its success is two-fold. Chris Stacey, former area local and head of Warner Bros. Records Radio Promo and founder of Rock the Ocean Foundation, brought his sonic expertise and paired it up with longtime festival planner AJ Niland. The latter is also planning the Tom Petty and Stevie Wonder-headlined, seaside Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival in Alabama. Niland made the good point: "You'd rather be on the beach than just about anywhere else on a regular day, why not hear the music you love as well?" 

What follows is an interview we did with these two cofounders of Tortuga at the spot where the event will take place this April. We heavily discussed the inspiration for the event, the turtles. 

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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