Coral Skies Festival lineup: Cage the Elephant, Julian Casablancas, City and Colour and more
A year after debuting as the Coastline Festival, Live Nation's newly reinvented Coral Skies Music Festival will return to Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Oct. 25, and the lineup is once again heavy on indie rock acts.
Cage the Elephant and Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas are the biggest names on the just-unveiled lineup, along with Bleachers, City and Colour, Tokyo Police Club, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Hold Steady, Wild Cub and Junior Prom. Rounding out the bill are two acts that will be familiar to Tampa Bay music fans: Guitarist Benjamin Booker, a former Tampa resident who this year has toured with Jack White and performed on The Late Show with David Letterman; and Good Graeff, the Sarasota indie-folk-pop group that has exploded on the local scene in the past year.
Once again, it’s a lineup heavy on young, up-and-coming rock bands, many of whom have played Tampa Bay in recent years — but there are a few notable exceptions, starting with Casablancas. Tampa Bay fans have been pining for a show by the Strokes, once the coolest and most stylish band in New York (and thus America), for more than a decade. Their live shows now are sporadic at best, so if they never return to Florida, a solo set by Casablancas (with his band the Voidz) may be the closest thing we’ll ever get.
And then there’s Bleachers, the solo indie pop-rock project by Fun. guitarist (and Lena Dunham’s boyfriend) Jack Antonoff, who as a singer-songwriter and social-media figure has become a cult figure among teens and young millennials. Fun. has played Tampa Bay several times, but this’ll be Antonoff’s first time here with Bleachers.
The festival will once again feature craft beer, food trucks, art and more. Early bird tickets to the Coral Skies Music Festival will be available for $20 from July 14-17, with general tickets going on sale July 18. Click here for details.
One interesting addendum: The arrival of Coral Skies does not necessarily mean Coastline is finished.
Live Nation’s partner on last year's Coastline, Ledge Entertainment, retained the rights to the Coastline name, and on Facebook, they’ve been promising that a new and improved Coastline Festival will return to the Tampa Bay area at some point in the near future.
“We’re looking to improve our vision of the overall fan experience,” Ledge owner Mike Childs, who has also worked on the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball and 98 Rockfest, said in a statement. “We think we have in part accomplished this by securing a beautiful new home with a setting conducive to the communal festival experience that fans are sure to spend the weekend enjoying. We believe moving the event to a different time of year will ensure the long term success of the Coastline, Florida’s original Musiculinary Experience. Look for an announcement soon.”
Hey, no one here is complaining about two big indie rock festivals instead of one. We'll keep you posted on any developments with Coastline. In the meantime, keep an eye out here for details.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*