Life in the Portal: 4 Reasons to do Okeechobee 2017
Last March in the heart of Florida, the inaugural Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival touched the hearts and souls of roughly 30,000 music-lovers, locals and travelers alike. A supremely successful introductory year to say the least, but nothing less is expected when Soundslinger LLC is in charge. These mastermind coordinators are the long-standing producers of Bonnaroo Music Festival, and they hit the nail on the head in terms of formulating Okeechobee around diversity, originality, and ingenuity.
In 2016, the lineup included headliners such as Bassnectar, Skrillex, Mumford and Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Odesza and more, and 2017 is looking mighty promising as well. As we all know, having a great lineup doesn’t mean a festival is automatically going to be great; there are countless reasons to fall in love with OMF – the lineup is just the start.
That phase 1 though.
A flyer was found floating around the interwebs that was rumored to be the leaked 2017 lineup, but even for Okeechobee, it seemed too good to be true. However, thankfully, it wasn’t. With nearly 70 artists and bands announced, Okeechobee has outdone themselves and others for one of the most stacked initial lineups of all time. Come March 2-5, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights (live), Flume, Wiz Khalifa, Kings of Leon, Usher & The Roots and more are set to headline, and that’s just a taste. Once again, Okeechobeings can enjoy anything and everything from rap to EDM to rock and more, plus some highly-anticipated group-jams, including another POWOW! guest star mashup and an Okeechobee Gospel Soul Experience. Although we can’t make judgments about the lineup as a whole just quite yet, we’ve got a hunch that it will get even better from here.
Nestled upon acres of land with Lake Okeechobee in its backyard, Sunshine Grove is the picture-perfect scenery to host all of the Okeechobeings and their “homes” for the weekend. Lush, green vegetation stretches as far as the eye can see, and there’s even a mini-beach for sports, tanning, or simply sand-boozin’. The Florida heat can be harsh, but countless shady art structures, domes and trees are provided throughout the site, all hammock-friendly and at your disposal.
Stages/late night music
There are very few festivals and events that have music and activities persisting throughout all hours of the night, especially in Florida. Luckily enough, Okeechobee is one of the few that falls into that category. In 2016, areas such as the Jungle Stage offered all-night music and kept the party going with various types of house and techno music, not to mention the early morning tea ceremonies at the WobeeChobee Chai Lounge. Places such as the Moksha Experience Stage created created a thriving environment for all things spiritual, musically and mentally. My point here is that no matter what kind of mood you’re in, Okeechobee has all of the bases covered.
Typically when people think of Florida, they assume the weather is temperamental and 99.9% of the time, it’s hot and unbearably humid. One of the great things about OMF is that it occurs during one of the driest months for Florida, March. Less rain, less humidity, and the temperatures are (kind of) bearable.
3-day and 4-day GA and VIP tickets are available here for OMF 2017 (March 2-5), but you’d better get on it because there are only 4 days left for earlybird tickets! Also, stay updated with more artist announcements and festival information via the Okeechobee Facebook and Twitter.