97X Next Big Thing lineup: Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jimmy Eat World, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington headline 2013 show at Vinoy Park
Live Nation fired first with its Coastline Festival, a day of indie-minded alt-rock at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.
Today, rock station 97X fired back with the lineup for the 13th edition of its Next Big Thing festival, annually the biggest one-day modern rock fest in Tampa Bay.
Thirty Seconds to Mars (above), Jimmy Eat World, A Day To Remember and Stone Temple Pilots with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington will headline Next Big Thing 13, which comes to St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Rounding out the bill: Manchester Orchestra, the Dirty Heads, Sleeping With Sirens, The 1975, Frank Turner, Saints of Valory and at least one more band that'll be announced soon.
New this year: The festival will take place on two stages in Vinoy Park, meaning the music will be be continuous throughout the day (as opposed to last year, when there were lengthy delays between sets on a single main stage).
A limited number of $25 tickets went on sale at select floridacentral Credit Union locations starting at 8 a.m. this morning. Starting at 10 a.m. Friday, tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster for $45. They go up to $55 on Oct. 28, $65 on Nov. 29, and $80 at the gate on the day of the show. Click here for full ticket details.
Instant analysis: Jimmy Eat World, A Day To Remember and Manchester Orchestra are longtime NBT favorites, as is headliner Thirty Seconds To Mars, whose singer, actor Jared Leto, is getting Oscar buzz for his performance in the upcoming flick Dallas Buyers Club. And Stone Temple Pilots should offer an interesting set -- since parting ways with erratic singer Scott Weiland, the group's remaining members have hooked up with Bennington, one of alt-metal's most dynamic voices, to record new music and perform old STP faves.
And true to its name, Next Big Thing will bring in some of modern rock's most promising acts, including Warped Tour headliners Sleeping With Sirens, as well as punk poet Frank Turner and British pop-rock trio The 1975, who scored unexpected radio hits in Recovery and Chocolate, respectively.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*