Summer is approaching quickly, meaning that festival season in Florida is coming soon. Agreeable weather and time off from responsibilities gives young adults and kids more time to participate in the music scene. Florida is a hot spot for festivals and large music events during this time of the year. The month of March is the time when many events are announced.
A local summer induction is the Swamp Records showcase of local artists. The showcase serves to commemorate the end of the spring semester and beginning of summer break. Swamp is working in conjunction with Heartwood Soundstage, the new venue that hosted the Heartwood Music Festival. Although the lineup has not been released, Swamp Records members are hard at work with Heartwood staff to make the venue presentable for a large crowd. Members and staff have been cleaning on weekends and organizing the venue in order for the venue to handle a successful turnout.
In addition to the Swamp Records showcase, Warped Tour has been announced for three dates in Florida. The tour will be stopping at Tinker Field in Orlando on June 30, Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on July 1, and the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater in West Palm Beach on July 2. Florida is one of the most populated stops for Warped Tour, with thousands of tickets sold for each date in the past.
Warped Tour’s lineup release revealed that many of the featured artists are classics. Some of these artists include GWAR, Hatebreed, CKY, Sick of it All, and The Adolescents. While Warped Tour typically focuses on bringing new artists to their fans, these bands represent an older fanbase and the roots of the festival.
Some new and growing artists that are being featured on Warped Tour are Boston Manor, Knocked Loose, Trophy Eyes, and Movements. These bands reached their first successes in 2016, making them fresh to the music scene. Warped Tour provides these bands with the opportunity to grow their success by the sides of classic artists such as the ones mentioned previously. The tour is a system to unite old and new fans and keep the music scene in many locations strong and united across genres.