Sunday, September 23, 2018

97X Next Big Thing lineup: Panic! at the Disco, Bastille, Foster the People and more

Did you miss Panic! at the Disco's massively sold-out concert earlier this month at Amalie Arena?

If so, good news: You've got another chance to catch them, and a lot sooner than you think.

Alt-rock station 97X unveiled the lineup for its 2018 Next Big Thing festival on Friday, and sitting at the top of the bill are Brendon Urie and Panic! at the Disco, playing what the station says will be one of the band's final radio shows ever. They're just that huge now, you know.

Also on the lineup for this year's Next Big Thing, hitting Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Dec. 1-2: Bastille, Foster the People, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Young the Giant, AJR, Chvrches, Elle King, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, LANY and more.

Just like last year, this year's Next Big Thing is spread across two days. Tickets are $35 for one day or $50 for both. They go on sale to the general public at 8 a.m. Aug. 31, but the station will be giving them away throughout the next week, with a pre-sale starting on Wednesday. Click here for details.

Here's the lineup by day:

Saturday, Dec. 1: Bastille, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Elle King, LANY

Sunday, Dec. 2: Panic! at the Disco, Foster the People, Young the Giant, AJR, Chvrches, Alice Merton, the Knocks, Grandson, Dreamers, Flora Cash, Max Frost and at least one more band to be named later.

There's some cool stuff to unpack with this lineup. Merton (No Roots) and AJR (Sober) have both had No. 1 alternative hits in 2018. Bastille is returning to Tampa Bay for the first time since a planned 97X acoustic concert last fall got cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. McMahon will be playing his fifth Next Big Thing, possibly more than any other artist. In the past year, Rateliff, LANY and Foster the People have all played sold-out local shows.

But the presence of Panic alone will ensure this show sells out. Their show at Amalie Arena sold out well in advance, and turned out to be one of the best concerts we here at Soundcheck have seen this year.

REVIEW: Panic! at the Disco spotlights Brendon Urie's superstar charisma at Amalie Arena in Tampa

For all the details on Next Big Thing 2018, click here.

— Jay Cridlin

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