Big Guava Music Festival: Outkast, Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Violent Femmes, Haim, more coming to Tampa's Florida State Fairgrounds
Tampa’s new Big Guava Music Festival may not be as big as California’s formidable Coachella. But for Floridians, it may be the next best thing.
Reunited hip-hop heroes Outkast, who are headlining Coachella 2014, will lead the bill for the Big Guava Music Festival, May 2-4 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, alongside a who’s who of festival-friendly indie rock and pop acts, including Foster the People, Vampire Weekend, Slightly Stoopid, Cake, Tegan and Sara, Violent Femmes and Haim. A limited number of early bird tickets go on sale Wednesday starting at $99; ***UPDATE*** Early-bird tickets sold out in 15 minutes on Wednesday afternoon. Three-day general admission tickets start at $165 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Click here to purchase.
In all, more than 40 acts will take four stages in and around the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in an ambitious reimagining of last year’s inaugural Funshine Music Festival, which mixed more radio-friendly acts (Train, REO Speedwagon, Smashing Pumpkins) with carnival rides, fair food and more. Funshine drew about half as many attendees as expected, prompting organizers Live Nation to go back to the drawing board.
“I think that we tried to be all things to all people,” said Live Nation Florida president Neil Jacobsen. “And as I visited festivals across the country during the summer, I saw what they were all about and what worked. This is the type of music festival that works.”
Jacobsen and Chuck Pesano, executive director of the Florida State Fair Authority, said the festival will keep the food trucks and craft beer garden, but offer a smaller slate of rides this year, shifting the focus to the music. Pesano said Live Nation “doubled the budget” for bands in 2014; organizers ultimately hope to draw a three-day crowd of between 40,000 and 60,000.
“You’re not gonna get some of those headliners cheap,” Jacobsen said. “This is way bigger than last year."
Ten of the acts in the Tampa lineup are also playing Coachella 2014, which takes place over two weekends less than a month before Big Guava. The lineup is remarkably diverse, from indie rock and pop (Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Tegan and Sara, Grouplove, Haim, Walk the Moon, Twenty One Pilots) to hip-hop and EDM (Outkast, Girl Talk, Earl Sweatshirt, Chance the Rapper) to classic and radio-friendly rock (Cake, Slightly Stoopid, Blue October, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience).
“These are great acts, and for that 25-to-45 demographic, I think this is going to be the best thing in this part of the state,” Pesano said. Added Jacobsen: “Over the three days, if I can have 40 to 50,000 people pass through the doors, I’d be happy."
The full schedule and stage setup is still in the works, but for now, the Big Guava Music Festival lineup is as follows: Outkast, Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Slightly Stoopid, Cake, Tegan and Sara, Violent Femmes, Girl Talk, Earl Sweatshirt, Grouplove, Haim, Twenty One Pilots, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Chance the Rapper, Walk the Moon, Blue October, Band of Skulls, ZZ Ward, MS MR, Timeflies, Hoodie Allen, American Authors, Deap Vally, St. Lucia, Smallpools, Bear Hands, Morning Parade, Kitten, Magic Man, Jacuzzi Boys, Gringo Star, Unlikely Candidates, Vic Mensa, Terraplane Sun and Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas.
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-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*