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Five things we loved about Tortuga Music Festival 2014

Long lines? Who cares when you get to see country music greats like Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Billy Currington while lying on beach towels just a few sandy steps from the ocean. There’s nothing quite like it, even if you are used to the sun and the sand as a South Floridian. 

We braved the crowds on Saturday, including the rowdy beer station line that was more of a free-for-all than a nice and neat queue, to share with you the best moments of this year’s second annual Tortuga Music Festival. The festival wrapped Sunday.

  1. It was a packed line-up. We were wiped by the end of Saturday’s concerts that included Chase Rice, Billy Currington (who rocked it playing for a massive beach crowd Saturday afternoon), Hank Williams Jr. and headliner Eric Church. Church, who was back on the beach for the second-year-in-a-row, shouted to the crowd after his nearly two-hour set that if he was invited, he’d 100 percent come back to play for a third time. Now, that’s true love.
  2. And if Saturday’s line-up was good, Sunday’s was even better. The schedule on the main Tortuga stage began with Frankie Ballard and lasted all day with artists Brett Dennen, Sheryl Crow, Brantley Gilbert and headliner Luke Bryan.
  3. If you were at the festival, you obviously love country music. But at least three stages meant it wasn’t just one popular radio country song after another. The concerts were varied with artists like Train, Delta Rae and Ziggy Marley. And, the festival included non-music events at Conservation Village like chef tastings from local restaurants like S3, OceanAire and Piccolo’s.
  4. Forget cheeseburgers, fries and basic festival concert food. At Tortuga, there’s food that you actually want to try like rice and chicken bowls from Dos Caminos, roasted sweet corn from local barbecue vendors and gourmet ice cream popsicles from food truck HipPOPs. Yumm.
  5. Best of all, the festival organizers thought of everything – like FREE water stations with multiple spigots, hand sanitizer and hand washing stations and even a designated shade area. Those little things go a long way when you’re spending a full day on the beach. 

Check out tortugamusicfestival.com to make sure you don’t miss next year’s toes-in-the-sand good time.