Rock the Ocean Tortuga Music Festival Returning April 12 and 13, 2014
Rock the Ocean Tortuga Music Festival is returning April 12 and 13, 2014 and presale tickets go on sale this Friday, October 18 at 10:00 a.m. EDT.
The 2013 Tortuga Music Festival, which drew more than 25,000 fans to Fort Lauderdale beach last spring for two days of concerts highlighted by Grammy-winning headliner Kenny Chesney, is returning with a goal of making it bigger and better for 2014.
Niland says 2014’s Tortuga Music Festival lineup will feature a lineup similar to its first year, where over 25,000 festival attendees enjoyed three stages in the sand north of the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel. A diverse lineup that featured Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, the Avett Brothers, Grace Potter, Jake Owen, Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite, Gary Allan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Eli Young Band, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Donavon Frankenreiter, G. Love and Special Sauce, the Wailers, Sister Hazel and Mac McAnally.
“I can’t imagine a better lineup in our first year than the one we had,” says Niland. “But we’re dedicated to making sure our next bill is even more impressive, if that’s possible, and have already confirmed top-caliber artists for 2014.”
A Tortuga insider expects several 2014 headliners to be announced next month.
The Tortuga Music Festival was created by Rock the Ocean Foundation, the brainchild of Nashville music veteran and former Fort Lauderdale resident Chris Stacey, and New Orleans-based HUKA Entertainment, which also handles the popular Hangout Music Festival and the Concerts for the Coast series featuring Jimmy Buffett, Bon Jovi and Brad Paisley.
Beyond the music, Tortuga is dedicated to healthy-ocean education and gathered nearly two dozen marine research and conservation organizations into its Conservation Village last year. Among those represented were the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Shark Savers and Sea Turtle Oversight Protection.
“Guy Harvey is a rock star in his own right, and it was such a pleasure to have him here in 2013 signing autographs and meeting fans in the village to discuss conservation” says Stacey. “That’s a hard act to follow, so we’re pulling out all the stops this time around.”
Additionally, in 2013, festival-goers were encouraged to collect garbage at the event site to minimize the festival’s impact on the environment. “Over 1,000 bags were filled with waste by fans in our first year, which tells us that our cause is as important to music and ocean lovers as it is to us,” says Stacey.
"One thing we heard repeatedly this year from both the artists and the fans was how much fun everyone had with their feet in the sand and the sound of the waves blending with the music,” says Niland. “That makes it hard to forget who the true headliner of our event is – the ocean – and what we can do to make sure it returns every year.”
A limited quantity of Early Bird Presale tickets for the 2014 festival will be available online only at www.tortugamusicfestival.com this Friday, October 18 at 10:00am EDT. This public presale allows early supporters of the festival to purchase discounted tickets, including two-day general admission for $145.00 each, two-day VIP for $599.00 each and two-day Super VIP for $999 each (shipping and handling fees may apply to each ticket type). A four-ticket purchase limit will be in effect.