Soundslinger is excited to announce additions to the lineup for the upcoming 2017 Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, a diverse, multi-genre event celebrating the start of spring with world renowned and on the rise performers, art installations to inspire with awe, yoga and meditation to cleanse the soul, great food, and friends new and old to enjoy it all with. Announced today, and keeping with the festival’s committed pursuit to push the boundaries of genre and surprises in programming, OMF 17 has added Grammy-nominated country artist Sturgill Simpson to its already impressive lineup. Other additions include Logic, funk outfit Vulfpeck, electronic-funk duo The Floozies, 12th Planet, Ganja White Night, Space Jesus, Brasstracks, Gothenburg, Sweden-based future bass artist Kasbo, Pell, The Golden Pony, Vandana, Polyenso, Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Octopus Kid, Roosevelt Collier Allstar Jam, Slumber, Tomas Station, Jon Simon and many more. Today’s lineup addition rounds out an an exciting list of already-announced names which include Kings of Leon, Usher & The Roots, Bassnectar, The Lumineers, Flume, Wiz Khalifa, Pretty Lights, Solange, Rae Sremmurd, Young The Giant, Porter Robinson (Live), Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, and many more.
The second annual edition of North America’s most exciting new festival will take place from Thursday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 5th at Okeechobee, Florida’s beautiful Sunshine Grove, located on over 600 acres of pristine grasslands, clear lakes, and exotic tropical woodlands.
With Early Bird festival tickets completely sold out, limited General Admission tickets are now available at the Tier 1 price via OkeechobeeFest.com for a limited time. Tickets will go up in price on January 18th at 11:59pm EST. A full listing of performing artists, along with the festival AdMat, can be found below.
It is quite a challenge to stand out in today’s festival landscape, but with the inaugural event this past spring, the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival did just that and more. From legendary performances at the first ever PoWoW! (Read about 2016’s PoWow! Feat. Arcade Fire‘s Win Butler, Miguel, Hall & Oates‘ John Oates, Mumford & Sons, Skrillex, Mac Miller, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and more at Rolling Stone), to signature venues like the lakeside sandy beach of Aquachobee, and the otherworldly confines of Jungle 51 hidden within a forest of luminescent trees, Okeechobee wowed a sold-out gathering of open-minded music fans with a weekend worthy of its position as the first major event of the music festival season.
“While an incredible lineup featuring everyone from Mumford and Sons and Kendrick Lamar to Robert Plant and Skrillex kept us Okeechobeings on a dynamic and literally nonstop musical journey over the course of the festival’s four nights, it was the overall experience — the camping, the art, the beach, the costumes, the nature and weather, the yoga and spirituality, and of course the smiling, chilled-out people from all walks of life — that made the festival the magical bubble in space-time it was.” – Miami New Times on Okeechobee 2016
Watch the Okeechobee 2016 After Movie
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.
“We are excited to build upon the success of OMF 16. This year’s lineup is great and we have more surprises to come. We are opening up more of our amazing property for people to explore, and continuing to invest in art and the overall festival experience. Can’t wait to open the doors on March 2nd!” – Kevin Collinsworth (Soundslinger CEO)
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.
Additionally, organizers of the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival (OMF) recently announced their Okeechobee community partnership initiatives in advance of the festival. Specific initiatives build on the partnership with the local community fostered from OMF’s inaugural 2016 festival and include increasing local nonprofit partners to 10 total, all with presence on-site at the festival, partnering with local businesses to enhance the OMF 17 experience, and continuing to employ the community in festival-related jobs.
OMF 16’s community partnership initiatives included cash donations of $52,000 to three partner nonprofits and county support of $78,000. OMF 16 also created hundreds of local jobs and increased sales revenue to Okeechobee County and surrounding communities. OMF 16’s sold out festival brought an unprecedented increase in retail and hotel business, selling out every hotel room in a 2-hour radius for the duration of the festival. Total economic impact from OMF 16 was $16.4M with $1.5M in state and local taxes generated by the festival.
OMF 17 nonprofit partners include Treasure Coast Food Bank, Martha’s House, The Warrior Center, Home Builders Institute, Drug Court Advocate, an initiative of the Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition, United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 69 and For Okeechobee, Inc.
At this year’s festival, community efforts will also include a Nonprofit initiative called “Participation Row” to encourage and foster interactions and engagement between festival attendees and nonprofit partners.
“Nearly a dozen local nonprofits will be featured in the ‘Participation Row’ social action village at the festival, organized by the nonprofit organization HeadCount and sponsored by Orlando-based solar power investment firm Clean Energy Advisors,” commented Headcount Executive Director Andy Bernstein. Bernstein added, “‘Participation Row’ is a place where festival attendees can meet representatives from each nonprofit, take positive actions that support their missions, and enter a free drawing for a D’Angelico guitar signed by the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival headliners. In addition, the nonprofits will receive proceeds from a VIP signed memorabilia auction.”
OMF 17 organizers, in partnership with Treasure Coast Food Bank (TCFB), will also be collecting leftover food from concessions and consumers in an effort to supply as many meals as possible to local soup kitchens post-festival.
4-Day GA Passes for the festival include parking, tent camping, and access to all four days of the festival. 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 package called The Grand Kachobee. These ticket and lodging packages are customized to give each fan an experience that they will never forget. Detailed information is available on the website.