OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival has announced it is opening up five performance slots at the upcoming festival, taking place March 4 – 6, 2016, to local and regional musical acts with its Destination Okeechobee: Battle of the Bands Competition. The five winners will be joining the likes of music legends Robert Plant, Daryl Hall & John Oates, and headlining Grammy Award winners Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Skrillex among many others.
The Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival has an eclectic lineup of talent ranging from Bassnectar to Future and the Avett Brothers to Miguel, and with some of the most sought after names in between. The festival has also been curated to include Florida’s emerging artists from every genre including Indie Rock, Ska, Punk, Latin, Americana, Electronic, Dance, with the likes of Hundred Waters, Supervillains, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Spam Allstars, Swimm, Sunbears!, Bedside, Atnarko, Lowcut and Agape performing. Taking place at what is certain to become one of America’s most beloved festival sites, Okeechobee features a sandy beach with live music and swimming, all night electronic dance parties in a mysterious jungle clearing and a majestic forest Grove surrounded by tress where the main stages will be.
Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Founder and music festival veteran Paul Peck commented, “Our goal with this contest is to support the local communities and our host state. We want to use the festival as a platform for talented young Florida artists to gain exposure and grow their careers. There’s a wealth of young talented artists there right now and the idea of celebrating some of them alongside the big acts that will be at the festival is really exciting.”
Destination Okeechobee: Battle of the Bands Competition opens today (Dec. 16, 2015) and will close on Jan. 14, 2016. Submissions are welcome from all genres and formats and can be submitted on Sonicbids. https://www.sonicbids.com/find-gigs/okeechobee-music-arts-festival-2016/
Fan voting will take place on the Okeechobee Music & Arts Facebook Page beginning Jan. 14 and will end on Jan. 25. Bands will need the support of their friends, family and most importantly, their fans. Each voter is able to cast their vote on Okeechobee’s Facebook page daily while the OMF Battle of the Bands Competition is running. The top voted band selected by the festival will earn a slot at the 2016 Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival.
The additional four performance slots will be up for grabs to the top 32 bands with the most votes in a series of Destination Okeechobee: Battle of the Bands Live performances across Florida in independently owned and operated venues such as the Beacham in Orlando, Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, and the State Theatre in St. Petersburg.
A South Florida date and venue will be announced soon.
How to participate:
- Step 1: Submit an electronic press kit via Sonicbids.com between Dec. 16 to Jan. 14.
- Step 2: Rally fans, friends and family to vote (daily!) on the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Facebook page Jan 14 – Jan 25.
- Step 3: On Jan. 25, the band with the most votes selected by the festival will earn a performance slot at Okeechobee.
- Remaining four slots: The top 32 bands will be invited to perform in a live Road to Okeechobee Battle of the Bands Competition in four major cities in Florida. The winner by attendance and votes in each city will win a performance slot at the festival.
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For more information visit http://okeechobeefest.com/participate/