Florida’s Langerado Music Fest has just announced they’re getting bigger and moving to Big Cypress for 2008’s festival. Band announcements are coming on November 8th, which promises to be more exciting than the useless elections this year.
We haven’t been to this festival, but we love that for the most part over its six years, the lineup has stayed true to its jam band roots, unlike say Vegoose or Bonnaroo. We got the press release this morning and we’d be remiss if we didn’t give a sloppy wet one to the guys over at Hidden Track, specifically Ace, for reminding us about this announcement.
Ace seems a little worried that the big change to Big Cypress could have negative effects on this tiny gem of a festival. I think he should be, as this is generally the slippery slope to having hip-hop, indie rock, and possibly some aging classic rock band that should’ve been put out to stud years ago. I guess we’ll hold out breath and turn blue in the face until the initial lineup is announced.
As for the festival itself, this time it’s a four-day fest, blowing the speakers March 6-9.
Tickets on sale Nov. 15. Take the jump for the official press release.
Now in its sixth year, the Langerado Music Festival has established its place as the unofficial kickoff to music festival season. For the sixth annual Langerado Music Festival, organizers are taking it to the next level and moving the event to the expansive Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. Since the inaugural event in 2003, Langerado has grown enormously from 3,500 in attendance at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, to 2007?s hugely successful event at Markham Park, where turnout reached 15,000 people per day.
Big Cypress will offer Langerado 2008 attendees a much larger, yet still intimate, festival site. Attendees can also anticipate all-inclusive on-site camping, plenty of late night music, and an expanded VIP ticketholder experience. The transition from day festival to a camping event is a welcome change and marks Langerado?s exceptional growth over the past five years. Airport shuttles and area hotels/shuttle packages will also be available to festivalgoers – check out
www.langerado.com for details.
Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, which previously played host to the rock band Phish in one of the world?s largest ticketed millennium celebrations, is located approximately 30 minutes west of Ft. Lauderdale in the heart of the Florida Everglades. Langerado will take place on 600 acres of pristine Seminole Tribal land, surrounded by native wetlands in one of the last natural environments left in South Florida.
?Since the very first Langerado, it has been our dream to bring the event to Big Cypress. Langerado has grown into an amazing event that encompasses so many different genres of music. The move to Big Cypress allows the audience the opportunity to spend 4 days with their friends really soaking up as much of the music as possible,? says festival co-producer Ethan Schwartz.
?The Seminole tribe has been incredibly gracious in allowing us to host Langerado on their land,? continues co-producer Mark Brown. ?This is one of the last spots in South Florida that hasn?t been paved over, and we feel very lucky and blessed to be able to bring the Langerado fans into this naturally beautiful environment.?
In a continuing effort to make Langerado a Green Festival, organizers plan to implement a wide variety of earth-friendly initiatives. In order to leave as little impact as possible on the natural environment, Langerado will use bio-diesel fuels to power the stages, compostable vending materials, a festival-wide recycling and carbon-offsetting program.
Past Langerado headliners include the Black Crowes, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic, The Flaming Lips, Trey Anastasio, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, The String Cheese Incident and many more. Stay tuned for the initial artist announcement for the 2008 Langerado on November 8.
Tickets for 2008 Langerado Music Festival: Tickets go on sale November 15 at 12noon EST. Purchase tickets at 1.800.594.TIXX (8499) and through online secure ticketing at www.langerado.com. Stay tuned to www.langerado.com for more details on artist line-up, on-site camping and hotel information, ticket prices and more.
The Langerado Music Festival is produced by Mark Brown and Ethan Schwartz. Brown is the managing partner of the Jam Cruise (www.jamcruise.com). Schwartz produces and promotes shows in the South Florida area. The partners also produce the Caribbean Holidaze festival in Runaway Bay, Jamaica (