DeLuna Fest lineup: Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Florence and the Machine lead 2012 bill
As festival culture invaded Florida in new ways in 2011, your humble Soundcheck editor planned to hit some of the biggest.
First, there was the revived Langerado, down in Sunrise. That got canceled due to lack of interest. Then there was Orlando Calling, which brought a star-studded lineup, and was overall a pretty fun time, but ended up being an undeniable flop -- they're not even having it this year.
But then we took a road trip to the DeLuna Festival in Pensacola Beach. And it turned out to be a phenomenal day in a spectacular beach setting, with ample opportunities for getting up close and personal with an array of killer bands. So it's safe to say we've been looking forward to the lineup announcement for DeLuna Fest 2012 for a while now.
At 1 a.m. Tuesday, the lineup finally came -- and it's absolutely stellar.
Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters (above), Florence and the Machine, Ben Folds Five, Band of Horses and Dwight Yoakam lead the 2012 DeLuna Festival lineup, accompanied by (deep breath): Guided By Voices, The Wallflowers, The Joy Formidable, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Superchunk, The Gaslight Anthem, Bad Brains, Band of Skulls, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, City and Colour, The Wood Brothers, The Corin Tucker Band, Mike Doughty, Fishbone and more. In all, there'll be 50 bands on four stages over three days (with at least one more headliner to be announced -- may we suggest Soundgarden?).
More acts will be announced, but really, freaking Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Florence Welch ... this is a no-brainer lineup, right? Honestly, as much as we love Radiohead, we feel like this might be a better lineup than Bonnaroo. (And as a bonus, you can bet at least a handful of these bands will also visit Tampa Bay on their way to or from Pensacola -- last year, it happened with Trombone Shorty and Wanda Jackson.)
DeLuna Fest 2012 will take place Sept. 21-23 on Pensacola Beach. Advance tickets are $159.95 (GA passes are $199.95), and they'll be available starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*