97X Next Big Thing lineup: Rise Against, Fun., Silversun Pickups, Of Monsters and Men lead 2012 bill
Think of it as a greatest hits lineup for 97X.
Nine of the acts for this year's 97X Next Big Thing concert, coming Dec. 1, were unveiled Monday night, and seven of them are veterans of past Next Big Thing festivals. Rise Against, Fun., Bush and Silversun Pickups are among the biggest names on the bill. Joining them are NBT vets The Joy Formidable, Grouplove and Paper Tongues, as well as newbies Of Monsters and Men and Twenty One Pilots. At least one national band will be added to the bill, and organizers will no doubt add a few locals, too.
The big news this year: Next Big Thing is moving from Tampa's 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre to St. Petersburg's Vinoy Waterfront Park. Station officials say this will give it more of a festival feel, a bit more like when it was held at Clearwater's Coachman Park.
A limited number of $25 tickets sold out almost immediately, but you can still get tickets for $35 this weekend; then $45 until the day of the show; then $60 at the gate. So get 'em early.
For all the details on this year's Next Big Thing, click here.
***UPDATE***: Celtic punks Flogging Molly have been added to the 2012 Next Big Thing lineup.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*