For The Love Music Festival Returns To FAT Village In March, Aims To Bring Awesome Music Back To South Florida
A Fort Lauderdale festival celebrating music, life and locals will return to FAT Village next month.
Produced by C&I Studios and Exposed PR, For The Love Music Festival will host 30 bands for a day filled with great tunes, artists, local vendors and food trucks.
The event, now in its second year, will take place March 12 from noon to 11 p.m. at C&I Studios properties.
Josh Miller, co-founder of the festival, said that through For The Love, he's hoping to "bring back awesome music to South Florida," an area that doesn't have the same strong local music scene as other cities like Atlanta and Orlando.
"Most major tours stop at Orlando and then head back north," he said. "We wanted people to know that our town has crazy talent in it, and we wanted to do our best to showcase it."
Miller and Sara Shake of Exposed PR founded the festival after working together on other local arts and culture projects, including the Summer Soundtracks weekly music pop-up series in 2014.
"A lot of people were wanting us to do that again, but we wanted to do something bigger," Miller said. "A music festival felt like the right idea, and as we kept talking about it, it became more clear that this was going to be something truly special."
About 1,000 people attended the inaugural festival in 2015, and this year, Miller expects an even bigger crowd.
Headliners will include Pompano-based rock band Further Seems Forever and Philly-born indie group mewithoutYou. Funky Buddha Brewery will be behind the beverage program, and the W Fort Lauderdale will host the VIP lounge area.
Styles of music will run the gamut from rock and indie to hip-hop, rap and acoustic. Bands will perform across three stages, two indoors and one outdoors, and there will also be craft cocktails, beer samplings, live art demos and more.
This year, For The Love is also introducing industry talks, with discussions for local and independent artists about producing music events in the area.
"This festival is for Fort Lauderdale, for everyone that believes in the underdog, the local guy, and that spirit is what has carried this festival further and further," Miller said.
General admission tickets are $35, and VIP tickets (unlimited alcohol, preferred seating, and restroom trailers) are $125.
Check out some of the photos from last year's event:
Photos courtesy C&I Studios
Note: Organizers are currently looking to secure a food sponsor for this event. The post has been updated to reflect the change.