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10 Things to Expect This Weekend at the Tortuga Music Festival

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It’s time to mentally prepare for what might just be the greatest weekend of your life. Whether you’re a first-timer or seasoned pro, here’s what you can expect at Tortuga Music Festival, Fort Lauderdale’s largest country concert series.


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1. Large crowds

Praise the heavens that you’re not claustrophobic because the fact that so many people can fit into such a small area seems to defy the laws of physics.

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2. If you have a festival plan, no one will stick to it

Sure, it’s great that you’re prepared and all, but that plan goes out the window five minutes in when every member of your group wants to do something different. 


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3. Someone might get lost

Actually, someone will get lost. 

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4. But it’s okay because you’ll make instant festival friends

Nothing says “BFFL” like dancing in the front row with a complete stranger as you belt out the words to The Band Perry’s song, “Chainsaw.”


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5. You’ll drink a lot of water

It’s hot, it’s sunny and it’s South Florida. You’ll reach a point where you’ll be willing to sacrifice your first born for a sip of ice-cold water. 


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6. Drinking so much water is a blessing and a curse

Now’s about the time when you wish you splurged on VIP tickets for the air-conditioned bathrooms.

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7. Make-shift sand furniture

All those years as a child spent building sand castles at the beach has prepared you for this moment.

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8. A lot of people still own CamelBaks and Fanny Packs

Comfort over style, that’s all I’m saying. 

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9. You’ll discover new artists and bands

Going to a music festival is a lot like being in an open relationship; enjoy your musical freedom. You’re not cheating on Josh Turner if you choose to see Chase Bryant instead.  


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10. You will be a victim of post-festival depression

There’s no way of avoiding it. Just savor your memories and take comfort in knowing that Tortuga will be back next year.