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New Funshine Music Festival brings Cheap Trick, Train, Smashing Pumpkins

On a day when the Internet is expecting word of this year's Bonnaroo lineup, we certainly weren't expecting to learn of a major new music festival in our own back yard.

But that's exactly what we're getting with the inaugural Funshine Music Festival, an all-new fest scheduled for May 3-5 at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

An eclectic mix of rock, alternative and country acts will take six stages at the Fairgrounds and Live Nation Amphitheatre, with midway rides, beer tents, food, a Silent Disco and more in full effect. According to the festival's Facebook page, "weekend packages and camping will all be available for purchase."

Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent, Train, Smashing Pumpkins, the Wallflowers, REO Speedwagon, Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba, Styx, New Found Glory, We the Kings and Kix Brooks are among the biggest names announced so far. Gary Allan, the Lone Bellow, Good Old War, Youngblood Hawke, Dead Confederate, Bad Books, Kevin Devine, The Weeks, Josh Thompson, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Bobby Lee Rodgers and local acts Tallhart, Roadkill Ghost Choir and Pitbull Toddler are also on the bill.

Tickets are just $20 per day, $10 for ages 6 to 12 and free for those under 6. There's a Live Nation presale starting at 10 a.m. Thursday; tickets go onsale to the general public at 10 a.m. Saturday.

We'll have much more on this festival in the weeks to come, but for now … what do you guys think? Is the Funshine Music Festival lineup a winner?

Here's the lineup by day:

Friday, May 3: Train, Smashing Pumpkins, Cheap Trick, Good Old War, Youngblood Hawke, Dead Confederate, Roadkill Ghost Choir

Saturday, May 4: REO Speedwagon, Styx, Ted Nugent, New Found Glory, Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional, We The Kings, Bad Books, Kevin Devine and The Goddamn Band, the Weeks, Tallhart, Pitbull Toddler, Hell's Bells (AC/DC tribute)

Sunday, May 5: Gary Allan, Kix Brooks, the Wallflowers, Josh Thompson, The Lone Bellow, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones tribute), Yesterday (Beatles tribute)

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