Orlando Calling Festival: 3 days, 4 stages, 100-plus bands
Back in January, we received word that the promoters behind some of the world's biggest music festivals, including Glastonbury, were planning a major new festival at Orlando's Citrus Bowl, dubbed Orlando Calling. Organizers promised "major acts," and anticipated crowds of 75,000 to 100,000 per day.
And then that was it. No more details. Nada.
Six months later, we had reached the point where we were wondering if this was all a big put-on. But today it looks like Orlando Calling is very much alive and well.
Scheduled for Nov. 11-13, Orlando Calling will feature more than 100 bands on four stages in and around the Citrus Bowl. They've already printed a map (click here to see it), are working up transportation shuttles and are looking for volunteers for a "Grassroots Marketing Campaign" as well as for the week of the festival. Tickets will go onsale July 23.
So what acts will fill out the Orlando Calling lineup? Good question. Organizers promise an announcement "the week of July 18," so we're still a few weeks away. We can imagine it'll bring in a number of acts who wouldn't ordinarily come to Florida (The Strokes? Arcade Fire? Odd Future? Mumford and Sons?). Let your mind wander in the comments -- who would you like to see at Orlando Calling?
Whoever shows up, the entire music industry will be watching. Paste magazine dubbed Orlando Calling one of "the 10 most intriguing inaugural music festivals of 2011."
They've certainly got our attention. And probably Langerado's, too.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. (H/T to SubAp for the eagle eye!)