Bands for the 35th year of Tropical Heatwave makes it one of the longest running festivals in the country. This year, Tropical Heatwave moves into the heart of Ybor City with ten stages along 5 blocks.
Over the years Tropical Heatwavehas become an annual rite of spring for fans of eclectic music, with excitement, mystery, and legend contained in memories of the annual extravaganzas for longtime Heatwave devotees. And every year there are first-timers who discover that Heatwave is one of one of the most fun weekends and best musical experiences they have ever had. The festival is often described as a manifestation and celebration of the sense of community that WMNF has created.
The main criteria used for booking bands/artists for Tropical Heatwave has always been musical excellence, strong visual appeal, fun, and high energy. Each year, attendees look forward to not just a series of great performances, but also expect a fun and collective way to discover new artists who may have been playing in this area for the first time. Tropical Heatwave is also a showcase for great local and regional talent. WMNF deliberately handpicks great bands that are ready to compete for audiences with the nationally known acts.
With multiple stages, Heatwave ensures that each person creates their own unique experience. Some people hang out at one or two stages where they know some of their favorite bands are playing. Others try to challenge themselves to keep moving and see as many bands as possible. Some just go with the flow. It’s like creating your own personalized festival. Many bands have been chosen by their ability to do exciting live sets.
Reserve wristbands in advance on the web. Here are this years bands, click on band names to view bios, show info and more, we discovered some cool videos….
For more information and full band list, please visit http://www.tropicalheatwave.org/