Rock station 97X has unveiled the lineup for its annual Next Big Thing concert on Dec. 1, and it's loaded with familiar faces — four of the acts were also on last year's bill, and three more are NBT veterans.
Hard rock group Rise Against, grunge veterans Bush, Grammy-nominated Silversun Pickups and We Are Young flag-bearers Fun., left, are the biggest names at Next Big Thing 12. Joining them are up-and-comers Grouplove, the Joy Formidable, Paper Tongues, 21 Pilots and Icelandic alterna-folk troupe Of Monsters and Men, who will be making their first appearance in Tampa Bay. At least one or two national bands will be added to the bill in the coming weeks, say station execs.
The biggest news? For the first time, Next Big Thing is moving from Tampa's 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. It's something of a return to form, designed to engender more of the festival feel NBT had when it was at Coachman Park in St. Petersburg. Station officials have also discussed adding a second stage for local bands.
A limited number of $25 early-bird tickets were released Monday at select Florida Central Credit Union locations. Tickets will be available for $35 through Ticketmaster from 10 a.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Sunday. After that, tickets are $45 through Nov. 30 and $60 at the gate. For full details and ticket drop locations, see 97xonline.com.