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Okeechobee Music Festival: Florida's big indie-rock experiment lives up to the hype

Kendrick Lamar performed at the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival on March 5, 2016.

The setting lived up to the hype.

Organizers promised the 800-acre patch of rural Florida ranchland that hosted last weekend's inaugural Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival had to be seen to be appreciated, and that was true from the moment you found your campsite.

We don't know how much organizers spent on the inaugural Okeechobee, and there's no guarantee it made money, even after drawing a sellout crowd of 30,000 — the impeccable infrastructure and high-priced talent alone must have cost a small fortune.

Still, after an inaugural event that drew mostly raves, there's little doubt Okeechobee will be back in 2017.

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"They've done a beautiful thing trying to create a collaborative atmosphere," said Marcus Mumford, the singer of Mumford and Sons, who closed the festival Sunday night. "We'd love to come back. We love this place."

For our full Okeechobee Music Festival recap, click here.

The setting lived up to the hype.

Organizers promised the 800-acre patch of rural Florida ranchland that hosted last weekend's inaugural Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival had to be seen to be appreciated, and that was true from the moment you found your campsite.

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