Top 10 Tampa music stories of 2011, No. 7: Festival time in Florida
It was an up-and-down year for festivals in Florida.
The biggest festival of the year was a new one: Orlando Calling, organized by the same folks who handle the Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds festivals in the United Kingdom. But the Deluna Fest in Pensacola was fantastic, too — frankly, we had more fun there than at Orlando Calling (see Matt and Kim's show, above, for proof).
As always, electronic music dominated — Ultra Music Festival in Miami sold out weeks before the event, and the Electric Daisy Carnival brought a huge crowd to Orlando. Jam, roots and reggae bands took center stage in Live Oak, including the first 311 Pow Wow. And Wanee had one of its best lineups yet, including Robert Plant and the Allman Brothers.
There was one big bummer this year on the festival circuit, and that was the Langerado Music Festival in Sunrise. After a two-year hiatus, the festival was announced with a somewhat uninspiring lineup (our love for Death Cab For Cutie notwithstanding). In the end, ticket sales were not strong enough, and Langerado was canceled for the second time in three years. (Hey, at least the Tampa Bay area got some cool Langerado runoff, including shows by Das Racist, Yuck, Arctic Monkeys and Mates of State.)
Hey Langerado people, bring that thing up to Tampa Bay. We’ll give it a good home. We promise.