There are a bunch of great music festivals in the coming months that are totally doable for Floridians willing to go the distance, including this month's Florida Music Festival, right here in Orlando, and other enticing bills arranged in nearby Florida cities Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale and Ybor City. Here is a quick look at those that will be here sooner than you know it, so you can make travel plans as necessary and make sure not to miss your favorite touring and regional bands.
4/23-4/27 Moogfest (Asheville, N.C., 583.1 miles traveled)
Headliners: Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys, Flying Lotus, M.I.A.
4/24-4/26 Florida Music Festival (Orlando, 0 miles traveled)
Headliners: Aer, Less Than Jake, Ed Kowalczyk (Live)
Florida love: The Sh-Booms, Solillaquists of Sound, Matthew Fowler, Roadkill Ghost Choir and way more
5/2-5/4 Big Guava Music Festival (Tampa, 84.2 miles traveled)
Headliners: Outkast, Vampire Weekend, Violent Femmes, Haim
Florida love: Hundred Waters, Jacuzzi Boys
5/9-5/10 Tropical Heatwave (Ybor City, 82.1 miles traveled)
Headliners: The Hold Steady, Joseph Arthur, Bright Light Social Hour, Hayes Carll
Florida love: Roadkill Ghost Choir, Afeefa and the Boy, Cope, the Hip Abduction, Come Back Alice, Good Graeff, Austin Miller, Dropin Pickup, Beartoe, RedFeather, i-Resolution, the Applebutter Express, the Real Clash, Lauris Vidal, the Woolly Bushmen, Die Alps! and way more
5/16-5/18 Hangout Music Fest (Gulf Shores, Ala., 485.2 miles traveled)
Headliners: The Black Keys, the Killers, Outkast, Queens of the Stone Age, Andrew W.K.
7/26 Mad Decent Block Party (Ft. Lauderdale, 212.8 miles traveled)
Headliners: Outkast, A$AP Ferg, Diplo, Dan Deacon
Florida love: Walshy Fire
8/23 Southern Darkness Fest (Tampa, 84.2 miles traveled)
Headliners: Pelican, Phobia, Black Tusk, All Pigs Must Die
Florida love: Centuries, Maruta, Set and Setting, Traitor Crucifix
I, for one, am still crying I missed out on festival passes to Merge 25 before they sold out, but perhaps some of these closer parties can offer a little comfort. If I missed the music festival you're going nuts with anticipation for, let me know in the comments.