New Florida Music Festival: Orlando Calling Announces Its Inaugural Line-Up

By Joseph Giannone 2011-07-22 16:54:41
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Florida is known for our beaches, relaxed lifestyle, Miami Heat, Amusement Parks, the heat, the Gators and beautiful women in bikinis. Though all this is a plentiful, one thing we lack and which makes me upset, is adequate music festivals. Tampa, Miami and Orlando have the bigger bands adding venues in those cities to their supporting tour dates, but the smaller “indie” acts never show the light of day in my Sunshine State. That’s why I’m here in great admiration to announce that, for those who join me in music fest deprivation, there is a new one, and it’s going to be big. Orlando, Florida might be known for Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios but it will now be the “music festival capital” of Florida. Festival Republic will be holding their inaugural addition called Orlando Calling which is set to take place on November 12-13 at Orlando’s Citrus Bowl Park.

This is fantastic news for all music aficionado’s in Florida. The only music events we have here are the smaller ones which don’t attract that heavy of a crowd. Sure, Langerado is back, but finally we have something different. What’s even better about is that it’s created by Festival Republic. You might not know who they are, but they’re the group who launched the massively successful Reading & Leeds, and Glastonbury festivals in the United Kingdom. The debut line-up only proves their ambition more, that to create a unique festival experience unlike any other, they’re bound to bring in some of the biggest acts around. Yesterday, July 22nd, the folks at Orlando Calling announced the bill, which includes:

BEN SOLLEE
BLAKE SHELTON
BLUES TRAVELER
BOB SEEGER AND THE SILVER BULLET BAND
BRANDI CARLILE
BUDDY GUY
CHRIS ISAAK
CIVIL TWILIGHT
DR. DOG
DWIGHT YOAKAM
GAVIN DEGRAW
GOGOL BORDELLO
IRON & WINE
JENNY AND JOHNNY
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE
KID ROCK
LOS LONELY BOYS
LUCERO
MICHELLE BRANCH
O.A.R.
PETE YORN
PIXIES
RENEE & THE TRANSLATORS
ROBERT RANDOLPH AND THE FAMILY BAND
THE AVETT BROTHERS
THE DAVID MAYFIELD PARADE
THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
THE FELICE BROTHERS
THE FLATLANDERS
THE KILLERS
THE RACONTEURS
THE ROOTS
THE SUPERVILLIANS
WARREN HAYNES BAND
The line-up is extremely eclectic for a first time fest, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from Festival Republic. The Killers are a great addition and the fact that The Roots are taking time away from their busy schedule with Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, is an amazing opportunity for Floridians. Also, Jack White’s new band The Raconteurs plus Gogol Bordello has me sold. Maybe the only act I really don't care about is Kid Rock, but I remember why they have him playing and it makes sense. If you don’t know, Florida is also known for our rednecks, and damn do they love Kid Rock. Smart move Fest Republic. Nonetheless, this festival is sure to be another staple for Florida visitors. I wouldn’t be surprised if this experiment becomes a full on three day, or even four day festival. Since the line-up is so good this year, I’m excited to see what’s to come. Cinema Blend will be there.
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