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Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival announced over 3,000 artists signed up for the 2017 Destination Okeechobee Battle of the Bands competition and is opening up one additional slot for a total of six performance spots awarded to local and regional musical acts. The six winners will be joining the stage with the likes of music legends Kings of Leon, Usher & The Roots, Bassnectar, The Lumineers, Flume, Wiz Khalifa among many others.
Last years’ overall winner, Gainesville based Flatland, performed on Sunday, March 6 on the Mainstage, the same stage that headliners Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers, Skrillex, Hall & Oates and Robert Plant performed. The other four winners included Miami based Sunghosts, Bangarang from Tampa/ St. Pete, Orlando’s The 502’s and Jacksonville winner Locochino.
Fan voting for the 2017 competition will take place on the Okeechobee Music & Arts web site and Facebook Page and will end on January 4th at 12 midnight. Bands will need the support of their friends, family and most importantly, their fans. The top voted band selected by the festival will earn a coveted slot at the 2017 Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival stage.
The additional five performance slots will be up for grabs to the top 36 bands with the most votes in a series of Destination Okeechobee live performances across Florida in independently owned and operated venues. Gainesville and Tallahassee will be added to last year’s Destination Okeechobee venues in Orlando, Tampa and Miami. The top 36 bands will be invited to perform in a liveRoad to Okeechobee Battle of the Bands Competition in these five major cities in Florida. The winner by attendance and votes in each city will win a performanceslot at the festival.
Continuing a new Florida tradition, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is excited to announce that its second annual event will take place March 2 - 5, 2017. The four-day festival will again be held during the perfect time of year to enjoy incredible Florida weather in an ideal setting. The festival's home, Sunshine Grove, is widely regarded amongst the best music festival destinations in the world, featuring lush grassy flat lands, a sandy beach, stunning tufts of tropical jungle and a majestic grove that houses the main stages. In its first year, OMF was a sold-out destination to thousands of spring breakers and music fans across the country.
Okeechobee’s festival site has been carefully prepared to capture the natural beauty of the sunshine state, and give the festival an intimate feeling. Building upon the epic experience that greeted patrons in its inaugural year, Soundslinger has further invested in new art, amenities and infrastructure for Okeechobee’s second annual edition. An assortment of spectacular multi-media immersive art installations dot the landscape, including unique pieces commissioned specifically for the festival with an emphasis on upcycled materials. Patrons will stumble upon large scale structures and small intimate interactive pieces as they experience the artistic heart and soul of the festival in ChobeeWobee Village, or spend time exploring the majestic Sunshine Grove through every hidden hammock, grove of palms, and secret pathway throughout the festival site. When hunger strikes after an afternoon of dancing, a wide array of locally sourced treats from some of Florida’s most popular food trucks and artisanal purveyors will be on hand to satiate the most voracious appetites and discerning palates. Meanwhile, Yogachobee offers a place for healing, exploration, and reflection on the epic musical moments and experiences, with yoga, meditation, permaculture workshops, speakers and more.
In addition to continuously improving the festival operations, logistics & overall fan experience, an ongoing endeavor of the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is to do everything possible to respect and cherish the natural beauty of the festival site, the surrounding area, and the earth as a whole. Each year the festival will make progress towards the eventual goal of being a carbon neutral event while utilizing as many biodegradable, repurposed, recycled & sustainable materials as possible.
Chief Creative Officer and co-Founder Paul Peck says, "There were so many once-in-a-lifetime moments at Okeechobee '16. In 2017, we're going to build upon the magic we created last year by adding new, next level surprises. Those special, shared experiences that will never happen again is what Okeechobee is all about."