Okeechobee Music Festival
4 Days of Okee
The augmented reality app “Flarmingos” will help festival-goers to commence with the surreal. Populate Okeechobee with life-size pink flamingos, like those that once wintered in South Florida’s wetlands. Attendees can also visit the Flarmingos tent to sample a wetland fragrance, learn flamingo dance moves, meet the artist, and adopt a flamingo-onsite or through the in-app link. FLARMINGOS is a project of Kristin Lucas, produced through a Tech Residency at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, and made in partnership with Tour du Valat.
Be ready for intimate performances and interactive art throughout ChobeeWobee Village, meditation at Yogachobee, and lake activities at Aquachobee. Participation Row, a social action village powered by Headcount, will also host ten local nonprofits for attendees to interact with!
- 8:30 pm to Midnight: Full Moon Party featuring Thriftworks, Opiuo, and Bassnectar at Aquachobee Beach.
- 5:30 pm: 2nd Annual Okeechobee Gospel Soul Experience with Son Little & Friends.
- 2:30 pm to 7:15 pm: Nonstop Electronic Aquachobee Beach Party.
Life Under The Wheel
The festival also has partnered with Life Under The Wheel. The nonprofit organization focuses on sharing the joys of music festival experience among music lovers with life-threatening illnesses.
Life Under The Wheel’s festival grant program allows music lovers to apply (or be nominated) through the organization’s website. If an applicant/nominee is selected, LUTW provides tickets to the music festival of their choice as well as travel and accommodations to and from the event.
As a dedicated concierge for the festival grant recipient, Okeechobee is excited to announce Jason Egli as the chosen nominee. Jason is a high school teacher and basketball coach who was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer three years ago.
In 2017, Jason was forced to take a leave of absence from teaching to continue his treatment. He was nominated for a LUTW Festival Grant by his mother, Dorris. In her submission, she explained how Jason’s love of music began after suffering a sports injury in high school which left him without the use of his motor skills for an extended period.
While recovering from the injury, Jason learned how to play the guitar. Music performance became a passion that he continues to this day, but music is a love that Jason carries with him through all walks of life. Dorris explained that music is also what helps Jason get through the grueling treatments of cancer.
Jason currently works with Blue Hope Nation, a Facebook support group for people living with colorectal cancer. He also helps run a local support group at the high school where he teaches.
Lineup & Schedule
The 2018 event will host many legendary artists across a vast spectrum of genres. Pearl & The Oysters will begin the festivities at 4 pm on March 1, followed by The Main Squeeze and the Special Full Moon Afterparty with Bassnectar. Day 2 kicks off with Johnny Oz and Flipturn before highly-anticipated night sets from Tycho, Tipper, Foster The People, Lettuce, Bassnectar again, and more!
Performances from G Jones, Travis Scott, Illenium, Big Gigantic, and more continue the event into the third day. Attendees still around for Day 4 will experience amazing sets from Boogie T b2b Squinto, Ganja White Night, Big Wild, Liquid Stranger, Gramatik, Zeds Dead, and Arcade Fire.
Moonlight Oasis will also provide two “After Dark” stages at the event. The Incendia Stage and Pyramid Palace will have secret sets every night starting at 1 am.
Check out the full lineup here.
The Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is an annual four-day, multi-genre music, arts, and camping event produced by Soundslinger, LLC. Soundslinger develops music, art, and lifestyle businesses on Sunshine Grove’s dynamic 800-acre property in Okeechobee, Florida.
Soundslinger has produced two sold-out festivals with Okeechobee, hosting 69,000 attendees onsite to date, featuring more than 225 artists performing across nine stages with acclaimed headliners like Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Skrillex, and more.
The festival’s main attractions beyond music include interactive and immersive art experiences, a wide assortment of health and wellness activities, and diverse food vendors from across the Sunshine State.
Check back here after the weekend for a review of Okeechobee Fest 2018!
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