Music festival lineup announced; Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar and Skrillex to perform

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, set for March 4, 5 and 6, 2016, has announced its initial artist lineup that includes headliners Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar and Skrillex, among a total of 80 bands within the hip-hop, indie rock, electronic, folk, modern and classic rock genres.

The festival will be on the site of the former Sundance Trails subdivision Okeechobee music festand an adjoining parcel owned by Clifford Rosen, totaling 848 acres. The area already has paved roads, but due to the drop in the real estate market, no houses were built. A 14,000 sq. ft. lodge and a few outbuildings were the only structures on the property. Festival organizers are working to turn the site into a unique musical venue with features including five stages, a beach and a ferris wheel. The property has been officially renamed “Sunshine Grove.”

Mumford & Sons, a British rock band from London formed in 2007, consists of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane. Mumford & Sons have released three studio albums: “Sigh No More,” “Babel” and “Wilder Mind.” The Grammy Award-winning band will play Florida for just the second time in their history. Their last performance here sold out on Sept. 14, 2013 in downtown St. Augustine as part of the “Gentleman of the Road” concert series. Okeechobee will be the only Florida stop on this tour.

Kendrick Lamar is a two-time Grammy Award winner and winner of BET’s “Best Male Hip Hop Artist.” His album “good kid, m.A.A.d city” was named Pitchfork’s #1 Album of 2012 and #2 Album of the Decade. His latest album “To Pimp a Butterfly” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200.

Skrillex is known for amazing live performances. The eight-time Grammy nominee and two time Grammy winner will be performing one of the only “Skrillex” performances of 2016.

The full list of artists announced for the First Wave line-up also includes: Future, Miguel, Fetty Wap, Big Grams (Big Boi from Outkast + Phantogram), Grace Potter, Jason Isbell, Big Gigantic, RL Grime, Portugal. The Man, PoWow! A Superstar Mashup with Special Guests, Bonobo (DJ Set), Gramatik, Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set), Four Tet, Dr. Dog, Lotus, Rhye, Youth Lagoon, Deer Tick, X Ambassadors, Hundred Waters, The Oh Hellos, Givers, Marian Hill, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Joywave, The Supervillains, Kamasi Washington, The Soul Rebels, Shabazz Palaces, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & The Roadmasters, The London Souls, Rayland Baxter, Moon Hooch, Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Spam All-Stars, Michael Christmas, Julio, Swimm, O.Bee/Tomas Station, Simone Gatto Live, Mayssam, and Sunbears!

More artists will be announced in coming weeks.

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will be held at Sunshine Grove, 12517 N.E. 91st Ave., on over 800 acres of grasslands, clear lakes, and exotic tropical woodlands. The site has been carefully prepared to capture its natural beauty and give the festival an intimate feeling. Signature new venues like Aquachobee provide the perfect place to relax and hangout by the lakeside swimming beach and bar. The Lost Jungle offers and immersive dusk-til-dawn dance music experience, and an assortment of spectacular multi-media art installations will dot the landscape surrounding the wooded VIP camping areas.

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will also feature a wide array of locally sourced treats from some of Florida’s most popular food trucks, craft beer makers, and artisanal purveyors. Environmental and other socially conscious campaigns will be presented, as well as yoga, meditation, and holistic workshops.

The multi-genre lineup is designed to appeal to a wide variety of audiences.

“We want to present a more intimate experience in our first year so we are limiting the capacity to about half the size of other major American festivals,” says Soundslinger Founder & Chief Creative Officer Paul Peck.

“We have an incredibly special property and the opportunity to do something really special here, and we want to make sure we do it right.”

Passes for Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival went on sale Thursday, Oct. 15, priced at $275.39, including shipping. When the initial allotment of tickets is sold out, the 3-day GA Passes will be released at the Tier 2 price. At the time of the Second Wave Line-up Announcement, the cost of the 3-day general admission pass will increase. Payment plans are available. For complete ticketing information, visit www.okeechobeefest.com.

Three-day passes include parking, tent camping and access to all three days of the festival. One campsite is provided for each vehicle, and each campsite can hold up to eight people although four to six people per site is recommended to optimize comfort.

Fans can make the most out of their weekend with the “Eternal Sunshine” VIP Experience, a variety of tent and RV rental options, the ‘Eternal Sunshine’ VIP Boutique Camping Experience, or a Super VIP Luxury Tour Bus.

In order to make it as easy as possible to attend, shuttle services and long-range bus trips from select locations throughout the Southeast will be available. Round trip shuttle service will be offered from New Orleans, Atlanta, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Columbia, Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Tallahassee, Pensacola, Daytona Beach, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa.

Attendees are encouraged to choose the most environmentally and sustainable method to attend the festival. Daily Shuttles will be available from West Palm Beach and Orlando near each airport. The West Palm Shuttle will connect to the Tri-rail system, which runs as far as Miami, connecting to South Florida’s biggest cities and major airports.

In addition to international touring artists, Florida based musicians will also be featured prominently on multiple stages during the three-day event.

Details about the Artist Engagement Program, designed to include Florida’s diverse community of musicians, will be announced soon.

The festival is open to all ages, but those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

No pets will be allowed at the festival.

For tickets and information, go to www.okeechobeefest.com or www.eventbrite.com.

Be part of the festival

• Volunteers: The festival has openings for volunteers who can enjoy the event in exchange for helping with it. There are many areas that need help and support including carpentry, cooking, sales, ticketing, information booth and clean-up. Volunteer applications are available online at http://okeechobeefest.com/faq/.

• Artists: Artists will be featured at the three-day festival. Artists who wish to make a proposal should go online to http://okeechobeefest.com/artists/art/.

• Performers: The festival is also looking for performance artists and dancers to keep things interesting. For information, fill out the application online at http://okeechobeefest.com/faq/.

• Food vendors: The festival will include a variety of food vendors. Vendor applications are available online at http://okeechobeefest.com/eats-treats/.

About Soundslinger LLC

Soundslinger LLC was established for the primary purpose of producing the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival at Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee County, Florida. Company principals include Steve Sybesma (CEO), Clifford Rosen (Co-CEO), Paul Peck (COO) and Jim Tobin (Project Manager). Steve Sybesma, a 42-year concert industry veteran, is the Former co-owner of Sunshine Promotions, co-owner/founder of Deer Creek Music Center, Polaris Amphitheater, the Murat Theater, The Louisville Palace, and TourDesign, CEO of China West Entertainment, and co-owner/creator of A2LiVE and Storm Electronic Music Festival, Shanghai. Clifford Rosen is a successful real estate developer and was the primary developer of the Sunshine Grove property. Paul Peck was part of the team that helped launch the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Outside Lands in San Francisco, Calif. and the legendary Superjam series. Jim Tobin, a leading festival planner and operations expert who has helped to produce more than 68 major festivals worldwide, will oversee and manage site planning and operations.

Editor Katrina Elsken can be reached at kelsken@newszap.com

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