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Tortuga Music Festival Breaks Records with Sold-Out Weekend

This past weekend, Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival broke records with its sold-out, two-day concert series along Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.

About 75,000 fans lined the beachfront to watch some of the biggest names in country music take the stage while promoting the Rock The Ocean Foundation.

Wrapping up its third year, guests enjoyed electrifying performances from headliners, Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band. Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Little Big Town, Doobie Brothers, and Trace Adkins were among other performers to take the stage.

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The Rock The Ocean Foundation is produced and promoted by HUKA Entertainment and works to raise awareness for issues impacting the world’s oceans and generate support for marine research.

Marine conservation is the primary goal of Tortuga. Informative messages were played on video screens throughout the festival site and stages.

The festival also featured Rock The Ocean’s Conservation Village, which hosted nearly 40 organizations and treated guests to a series of exhibits and experiences along with information and tools to help support the cause.

In 2014, Tortuga’s weekend attendance record was 44,000 and there were only 24 exhibitions in the Conservation Village.

“Each year we look to raise the bar,” says HUKA Entertainment co-founder, A.J. Niland.  “Our attendance this weekend proves that in just three years, Tortuga has grown into one of the most exciting and socially conscious festivals there are.”

Ticket proceeds and donations from the festival benefit ocean research and conservation organizations.

Multi-day, general admission tickets for next year are already on sale at a special price offering in a limited quantity, and Blake Shelton has been announced as the 2016 first-confirmed performer.

For more information, visit tortugamusicfestival.com.

(Photo by Jason Nuttle)