When the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival decided to take 2019 off, all eyes moved south to Miami Beach, where some of the same principals involved with Okeechobee were planning an all-new festival this fall.
Organizers promised the Miami Beach Pop Festival would be a world-class weekend that would bring in major headliners and tens of thousands of music fans from across Florida and beyond.
Now that we have the lineup, we gotta ask: Who's up for a road trip?
Chance the Rapper, Jack Johnson, Daddy Yankee, Kygo, the Raconteurs and Juanes are the biggest names on the just-unveiled lineup for Miami Beach Pop, coming Nov. 8-10 to the shores of South Beach.
Also on the bill: Leon Bridges, Maggie Rogers, the Roots, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Sean Paul, T-Pain, Jessie Reyez, Bomba Estereo, Gryffin, Quinn XCII, Margo Price and Arcade Fire's Win Butler, performing as DJ Windows 98. (Among the smaller-type names on the poster: St. Petersburg's own the Hip Abduction.)
Much like Okeechobee, Miami Beach Pop is planning a handful of nontraditional elements, including a SuperJam-like jam session with Nile Rodgers and an all-star salute to Bob Marley led by Stephen Marley, both featuring a host of special guests; and an event with the University of Miami's Frost School of Music led by Ben Folds.
While the credentials of the festival's organizers seem to be in order, it remains to be seen whether Miami Beach is ready to host an outdoor festival of this magnitude. It's already been announced that March's long-running Ultra Music Festival won't be returning to Miami in 2020 due to an array of logistical issues and local complaints.
Festival tickets start at $175 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here for details.
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