There’s a music festival happening in Florida this weekend that isn’t restricted to EDM heads and it promises to bring more to the table than just a great diverse lineup.
Okeechobee Fest is a music festival (smack dab in the middle of Florida) that’s been in the works for two years and is finally coming to fruition. Yes, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, Miguel, Skrillex, and everyone else will be there. But if you just want to go see some headliners for the day, I advise you to skip the drive.
Okeechobee Fest isn’t really in the city of Okeechobee and it takes at least 30 minutes driving through Florida’s great boring flat plains to get to the nearest gas station. That being said, that’s exactly the reason to make the drive. This isn’t a city festival. You won’t go back to your dorm or apartment after a long day of raging. It’s a total immersive experience on a very different playing field.
Nikos Katsaounis, the festival’s creative director and one of its founders, says besides keeping an environmentally conscious mandate and using recyclable materials for all of their installations and furniture, they want to open permanent installations on their grounds of festival art from music festivals around the U.S. At a time when new music festivals are popping up like it’s nobody’s business, this festival’s mission isn’t to compete to with the others… they even want to showcase their art. Katsaounis says he hopes festival goers will come to Okeechobee Fest in the years to come and recognize sculptures or pavilions from other festivals they went to in the past and build on those memories.
Paul Peck, the festival’s chief creative officer and another founder, says that music festivals for him are about these ephemeral snapshots where you totally let go of your daily grind and immerse yourself in these moments with complete strangers and new music and come out the other end understanding yourself a little better. I know that seems like a lot to take in but after spending an afternoon on the strangely enchanting grounds it was hard not to drink the Kool-Aid. These guys aren’t just selling floral crown BS. They genuinely want you to have a good time and enjoy the grounds as much as they have.
So, if they insist…