Panic at the Disco, the Used, 30 Seconds to Mars lead Next Big Thing 11 lineup; local bands can win a spot on the bill
The performers for the 97X Next Big Thing 11 lineup were announced this week, and we gotta say, it's looking like a pretty good -- and diverse -- show.
Panic at the Disco (above), the Used, Matisyahu, Chevelle and 30 Seconds to Mars are among the big-name acts at the top of the bill. Joining them will be Metric, Rise Against, Sick Puppies, Framing Hanley, Anberlin, Manchester Orchestra and Cage the Elephant.
Did you ever think you'd see the critically acclaimed Metric and Manchester Orchestra performing alongside Panic at the Disco? What about Hasidic reggae-rapper Matisyahu sharing a stage with Kentucky's Ain't No Rest for the Wicked jammers Cage the Elephant? And, most importantly: Has 30 Seconds to Mars' Jared Leto fully recovered from his gout? THE PEOPLE WANT ANSWERS.
Anyway, the bill looks like it has something for everyone. And Next Big Thing is usually pretty good about nailing at least one, um, Next Big Thing for the lineup -- in 2008 it was 3OH!3, in 2007 it was Paramore, in 2006 it was Plain White T's, and so on. Who will be this year's breakout act?
And that's not all. As usual, 97X is holding two slots open for local bands to play at Next Big Thing. Ten bands will be selected as finalists, and listeners can vote for a winner online. In addition to the Next Big Thing gig, the grand prize winner will receive $1,500, 20 hours of studio time and much more. The entry rules have changed this year, though, so click here to get the details.
The show starts at 10 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa. Tickets go onsale at 10 a.m. this Saturday; prices range from $30 on the lawn to $250 for VIP packages. (There are also a limited number of $20 seats available.)
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo (2007) by Edmund Fountain.