Event: Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival
Where: Sunshine Grove
When: March 2-5, 2017
Get tickets HERE.
With its mantra “Be Here Now,” the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival has become a mecca for living in the moment. Music and art lovers from all over the world will journey to the farmlands of Florida to focus only on the present – but for now, we’re all looking toward the future, waiting for March of next year. The 2017 installment of the fest comes after a successful inaugural year, boasting a massive line-up of music, art and, of course, yoga.
Located in the serene Sunshine Grove, Okeechobee Fest aims to be your surfboard over the “cosmic wave of time,” as stated on its website. So get ready to get spiritual – your soul just might leave your body.
But don’t be afraid to give yourself to the rhythm. From Solange to Bassnectar to Badbadnotgood, the musicians announced for 2017 are some of the best names in contemporary music, many of which just released albums this year. Whether they’re big-name artists or barely known bands, every name on the festival flyer is worth more than just a walk-by listen.
With such a genre-diverse offering, the festival is like a perfectly procured playlist. There’ll be raunchy rock from acts like The Growlers, electropop from Bleachers and Joywave, and night-long, pounding DJ sets.
All of it takes place over just four days, which may seem a little overwhelming at first. Yet with opportunities for yoga breaks, sampling from local food vendors and taking a dive into the Moonlight Oasis, there’s plenty to do to recover between sets. There’s also the option of heading back to your tent if you’re staying on the campgrounds, which is included in all general admission ticket options. So when you’re packing up your camping gear and best light-up outfits, leave your usual festival-induced stresses at home.
Currently, the 2017 festival map and schedule are unreleased. After last year’s mind-bending PoWoW! event and the galactic Jungle 51 area, it’s exciting to see what the Okeechobee organizers will put on next. Will Usher team up with Porter Robinson? Will actual aliens perform next year? We don’t know but we will keep you posted!
Don’t wait to grab your tickets ASAP – early bird packages have already sold out. Treat yourself for the holidays and pick up a pair; it definitely won’t be something you’ll re-gift next year.
By Carina Vo