Top 10 Tampa music stories of 2011, No. 4: Antiwarpt explodes
In 2010, the Antiwarpt Festival in St. Petersburg was a nice diversion from the Vans Warped Tour down the street at Vinoy Waterfront Park. But this July, the local festival got cranked up way past 11, with more than 60 bands at eight venues (plus a pre-party the night before). We called Antiwarpt 2011 “St. Petersburg’s Tropical Heatwave,” and said it might be the biggest local music event in Tampa Bay’s history. Can you think of anything bigger? We can’t.
More than 2,000 fans showed up to support an almost entirely local bill. And even though one of the venues, the Globe Coffee Lounge, has closed, organizers are already figuring out how to expand. "We are already working on next year and intend to make 2012 even bigger with the hopeful addition of an outdoor stage and a couple more surprises," says Phil Benito of Brokenmold Entertainment, one of the driving forces behind Antiwarpt.
We’re looking forward to seeing what Antiwarpt has in store. Until then, check out our recap of Antiwarpt 2011, plus photos by Andrew Carlton (such as the one at the top featuring Andy Matchett and the Minks).