Okeechobee Music Festival lineup: Mumford and Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Skrillex and more
Now that the initial lineup is here, it's clear they weren't kidding.
Mumford and Sons, Kendrick Lamar and Skrillex will headline the first Okeechobee Music Festival, March 4-6 at Sunshine Grove, a campsite in Okeechobee, about a 2 1/2-hour drive from Tampa. Lamar and the Mumfords were literally two of this year's Bonnaroo headliners, in case you were wondering.
Other acts on the bill: Miguel, Future, Fetty Wap, Big Grams (a.k.a. Outkast's Big Boi and Phantogram), Grace Potter, Jason Isbell, Portugal. The Man, Dr. Dog, X Ambassadors and more.
In addition, organizers promise "PoWow! A Superstar Mashup with Special Guests." If you think that sounds a whole lot like Bonnaroo's Superjam!, which features artists from all genres mixing it up until late in the night, you are correct.
Three-day passes to Okeechobee went on sale this morning starting at $249.50, which includes tickets to all three days, primitive camping, a "Pre-Festival" day on March 3, and more. VIP and RV passes start at $599.
Is it worth the price? Well, Mumford and Sons are one of the most clamored-for rock acts in Tampa Bay. This'll be only their second gig ever in Florida, and the closest they've ever come to Tampa. And Lamar is only the most acclaimed and talked-about artist of the year.
The rest of the initial lineup: RL Grime, Bonobo, Gramatik, Shpongle, Four Tet, Rhye, Youth Lagoon, Hundred Waters, The Oh Hellos, Givers, Marian Hill, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Joywave, the Supervillians, Kamasi Washington, the Soul Rebels, Shabazz Palaces, Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the Roadmasters, the London Souls, Rayland Baxter, Moon Hooch, Brownout presents Brown Sabbath, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Spam All-Stars, Michael Christmas, Julio, Swimm, O.Bee/Tomas Station, Simone Gatto Live, Mayssam and Sunbears! More will be announced soon.
Even if you have no plans to hit Okeechobee, this lineup could bode well for the Tampa Bay music scene -- who knows how many of these acts will book gigs in Tampa Bay on their way to or from Okeechobee?
-- Jay Cridlin