Up and coming Tampa hardcore band Madtown has just announced a seven-date tour through Florida and the east coast with Tampa hardcore staple Adaliah. This is a big announcement for Madtown, as Adaliah is a big act in Florida metal. The tour makes stops in North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina, among three Florida dates. Music photographer Ana Perez created a promotion video for this tour, which can be seen here
In Gainesville music news, many artists and industry workers are preparing for the opening of Heartwood Sound Stage. This new music venue is the creation of David Melosh, owner of Medusa Productions and Recording Studios in Gainesville. The opening event, Heartwood Music Festival, features many local acts. The current lineup features many Swamp Records artists and alumni, such as Bells and Robes, Flatland, and The Delta Troubadours (formerly known as Gritt). Tickets for the Heartwood Music Festival can be purchased in advance for $10.
The Delta Troubadours will also be playing Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival in the first week of March. The Swamp Records team assigned to The Delta Troubadours won this opportunity for the artist through campaigning and fan voting. This is the second year in a row that Swamp has campaigned one of their artists to the Okeechobee festival through voting. Swamp Records is hosting a contest for one student to win free tickets to the festival. By sending $5 to the organization’s Venmo account, you are entered into the raffle to receive a three day pass.
The Changeville social change festival is approaching soon as well. This event takes place from March 2-3 and features Talib Kweli, Big Freedia, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, and several more artists. Changeville is organized by the University of Florida’s WUFT media as well as UF’s Frank gathering. Much of the Changeville festival is arranged by students, making it a major event for music industry hopefuls in the area.