If there's one thing about Florida that’s extremely unnerving, other than not having a proper urban center, it's our lack of adequate music festivals. Maybe it was the weather that kept festival promoters from investing in a Floridian fan base, or it could've been the devastating amount of “elderly” folks who inhabit our state. Either way, there's still not that many festivals to get excited about.

There are a few of these music oases popping up throughout Florida like De Luna Fest in Pensacola and Orlando Calling in Orlando, yet those festivals require the attendee to not only buy a ticket, but to also spend an even heftier amount of money on room and board. More often than not the experience is not worth the price tag. Unlike those festivals though, Langerado promised to be the defining moment of our festival circuit. The event delighted festival junkies with a unique experience by having famous bands play in the everglades and listeners camp for free among the skunk apes and alligators.

Acts like Death Cab For Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Weezer, R.E.M., My Morning Jacket, and Widespread Panic all played at this epic spectacle of swamp and music, but it wasn’t until long that the promoters completely ruined it. Figuring they could make more money, Boros Entertainment, the promoter, moved this unique experience to Miami in 2009 where each following year saw a decline in ticket sales and overall quality of the acts. In subsequent years, the festival canceled their dates numerous times because of declining ticket sales. Sadly, Langerado October 8 & 9, 2011 has followed suit.

It’s a dark and cloudy day for music fans in Florida. Langerado music festival was promising its best year yet with acts like the returning Death Cab for Cutie, The Trey Anastasio Band, Ween, Portugal. The Man, Arctic Monkeys, Ben Harper, Donald Glover’s Childish Gambino and many others. Whether or not the festival will be returning next year is still unknown. If you bought a ticket already, your money will be fully refunded by calling the number on their website.

It’s obvious that if the festival stays in Miami it won’t happen again anytime soon. It’s been almost four years since the last functioning Langerado music festival, that wasn't canceled, but they still won't pull this once outstanding event from Miami. When will they learn? Bring Langerado back to the Everglades where it belongs, and maybe this event will see the light of day.

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