UPDATE: Looking for a full schedule and set times for Culture Club and Unity Fest? Click here.
Last week, word broke that Boy George and Culture Club were reuniting for their first tour in some 15 years, and it included three stops in Florida, starting with Aug. 14 at Bayfront Park in Miami and ending Aug. 16 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando. In between was an Aug. 15 concert at Madeira Beach Waterfront Park in Tampa.
That last date raised a couple of flags. Maderia Beach/Tampa confusion aside, the name "Madeira Beach Waterfront Park" seemed off, yielding very few hits on Google. And the beachfront city wasn't known for hosting large outdoor concerts by internationally known pop acts. Was something amiss? Was Boy George confused? Did Culture Club really want to hurt us?
A few days later, we have more details. The Karma Chameleon popsters are, in fact, performing in Madeira Beach — not Tampa — on Aug. 15. They'll be headlining what promoter Harry Tiyler calls a "unity festival to promote racial, religious and sexual-orientation tolerance." More artists will be added soon.
The concert will take place at Madeira Beach's newly renovated waterfront recreation complex, on the eastern edge of a peninsula at 200 Rex Place. According to Doug Andrews, the city's Parks and Recreation Special Events Director, organizers are preparing for a crowd of 5,000 or more. "This thing's kind of taken on a life of its own," Andrews said.
It's a surprising venue for such a high-profile show, but both Tiyler and Andrews are more than confident in the park's ability to handle it. Since renovations began, Madeira Beach has already hosted several large softball and fishing tournaments in the park. Following two more months of renovations and additions (including a permanent stage) that begin April 10, the city will hold a large concert and fireworks display there on the Fourth of July.
Tickets to Culture Club in Madeira Beach are $30-$179, and they go on sale Thursday. Click here for details.
And if Madeira Beach is still too far away, tickets to Culture Club's Orlando concert are $55.50 and up, and they, too, go on sale Thursday. Click here for details.
— Jay Cridlin, tbt*