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Weezer, Twenty One Pilots, Bastille coming to Next Big Thing show in Tampa

After canceling in 2020 because of COVID-19, radio station 97X said it was “emotional” to bring back fan favorites for the festival’s 20th anniversary.
Weezer will headline 97X Next Big Thing on Dec. 4 at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. The two-day alt-rock music festival was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19.
Weezer will headline 97X Next Big Thing on Dec. 4 at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. The two-day alt-rock music festival was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19.
Published Sep. 17
Updated Sep. 22

The 20th anniversary of one of the area’s biggest annual alt-rock concerts had to be postponed in 2020 because of the pandemic.

The 2021 version of 97X Next Big Thing is making up for lost time with headliners like Weezer, Twenty One Pilots and Bastille.

CXR’s St. Petersburg-based WSUN-97.1 FM, better known as 97X, announced Friday that tickets go on sale today starting at $40 on Ticketmaster. It’s bringing back favorite Next Big Thing alums and features the festival’s first appearance by pop-rock titans Weezer.

Twenty One Pilots last headlined the 97X Next Big Thing in 2015. They will return to headline the opening night for 2021.
Twenty One Pilots last headlined the 97X Next Big Thing in 2015. They will return to headline the opening night for 2021.

The two-day festival at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa will bring Twenty One Pilots to headline Dec. 3, along with Glass Animals and pop punk band Meet Me at the Altar. Weezer will headline on Dec. 4 with AJR, All Time Low, Bastille, Girl in Red, Yungblud, Mod Sun, Nessa Barrett, Girlfriends, Daisy the Great and Upsahl filling out the lineup.

“We need to pause,” the station announced in 2020, canceling what would have been its 20th anniversary. Bringing the festival back carried some weight, organizers said.

“To finally be able to launch 97X Next Big Thing’s 20th anniversary lineup is unbelievably emotional for the entire 97X team,” said Jenna Kesneck, the station’s programming director.

Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Find information about the event at 97xonline.com/fp/nbt20.

“To ensure a safe event, all attendees will have had to received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event, or be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present a vaccination card at the door,” show organizers said in the announcement. “Children under 12 years of age will be required to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours before the event... Mask wearing will be encouraged.”