Coral Skies Music Festival coming to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
We're just two days removed from the Big Guava Music Festival at the Florida State Fairgrounds (click here for our coverage), and already, organizer Live Nation is looking ahead to its next big indie rock festival in Tampa.
The Coral Skies Music Festival will take place Oct. 25 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, with a dozen bands on two stages, more than 40 food trucks, craft beer tents, a "garden of art" and more. Another Coral Skies Festival will also take place Oct. 26 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach.
If that concept and format sound familiar, it should. Much in the same way Big Guava was an evolution of 2013's Funshine Festival, Coral Skies is an evolution of last year's Coastline Festival, which brought Passion Pit, Two Door Cinema Club, Matt and Kim and others to the Amp. But whereas Big Guava was a pretty bold step forward from Funshine, Coral Skies -- at least at this point -- seems like a near carbon copy of Coastline, only with a different name.
We're probably a long way off from an artist lineup (last year's Coastline lineup was announced in July) or any ticket details. For now all we have is a website and some bare-bones social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). We will of course keep you posted on any details we hear.
The Coral Skies announcement falls in line with what Live Nation officials have been saying for a while now -- that they're committed to one major music festival in the spring, a smaller indie and alternative rock festival in the fall, and a blues festival in January (the Sunshine Music and Blues Festival in St. Petersburg).
While bad weather no doubt put a damper on this year's Big Guava -- the announced attendance was 10,000 Friday and 11,000 Saturday, though the crowd in the Amphitheatre for Saturday's headliners, Vampire Weekend, was smaller than for Friday's headliners, Outkast -- Live Nation officials have already said they're looking ahead to next year. While that's far from an official commitment to staging Big Guava again in 2015, it's certainly promising news for Tampa fans.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*