TORTUGA MUSIC FESTIVAL SETS NEW ATTENDANCE RECORD IN FIFTH YEAR
COUNTRY MUSIC’S BIGGEST BEACH PARTY SELLS OUT, DRAWS 100,000 PEOPLE FOR THREE DAYS OF PERFORMANCES FROM KENNY CHESNEY, LUKE BRYAN, CHRIS STAPLETON AND MANY MORE
Huka Entertainment, producer of country music’s most unique beachfront event, today announced that attendance at the Tortuga Music Festival, a Pollstar Top 20 worldwide festival, topped last year’s record-breaking count. More than 100,000 people donned sunscreen and sandals for the fifth annual event, which featured an impressive array of talent, including Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Alan Jackson, Nelly, Slightly Stoopid, and Maren Morris.
The festival, held annually at Ft. Lauderdale Beach Park in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, attracted fans from all 50 states and 22 countries with more than 50 percent traveling from outside Florida, further solidifying Tortuga as country music’s biggest beach party.
“It’s a tremendous feeling to see Tortuga grow it’s fifth year in a row,” said Evan Harrison, CEO, Huka Entertainment. “The energy from the artists and fans fueled by our festive beach setting truly create a magical experience.”
“We kept the music going” said A.J. Niland, Chairman and Chief Experience Officer, HUKA Entertainment. “We really stepped up our crowd flow this year, from VIP to Super VIP to the new staging, to the newly created Reef viewing area allowing our GA fans an intimate experience with our headline artists.”
Highlights included: Kenny Chesney being joined on stage by members of Old Dominion for “Save It For A Rainy Day,” Chris Stapleton debuting four new songs from his ‘From A Room: Vol. 1’ album, Alan Jackson’s “5 O’Clock Somewhere,” Darius Rucker’s solo material, Hootie and the Blowfish classics and cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain,” Nelly bringing his #1 fan onstage, the crowd singing every word to Maren Morris’ “My Church,” and Daya.
Millions also tuned in on Facebook Live to watch surprise pop-up performances curated by Tortuga and Grand Ole Opry. These “Opry Circle Throwdowns” featured performances by Drake White, Granger Smith, Michael Ray and others.
In addition to the music, an intricate part of Tortuga Music Festival is conservation awareness, and Huka works diligently to leave the beaches in immaculate condition once the music ends. Several beach clean-ups were completed before the Tortuga Music Festival with organizers removing hundreds of pounds of debris from Ft. Lauderdale Beach Park, now in better condition than prior to the festival.
“I love that there is humanity mixed in with the music,” an attendee told the Miami Herald. At the 2017 Rock the Ocean Conservation Village, festival goers learned about marine life and ocean conservation efforts by engaging with more than 30 non-profits and businesses, including the Guy Harvey Foundation, Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (S.T.O.P.), University of Miami, Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation, and Surfrider Foundation.
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About Tortuga Music Festival:
Tortuga Music Festival, produced and promoted by Huka Entertainment, is a Top 20 worldwide festival (Pollstar) and features multiple stages with unparalleled VIP amenities for viewing some of the hottest and most unique artists in country, rock, and roots music. Country superstars Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, and Chris Stapleton headlined this year’s festival, highlighting what was the best lineup yet to celebrate the festival’s fifth year. The event serves to celebrate HUKA’s destination location theme with the festival’s ocean-side setting while still raising awareness of issues impacting the world’s oceans and supporting marine research and conservation, as well as protection of the festival’s namesake – sea turtles that nest annually along South Florida’s Atlantic seaboard.
About Huka Entertainment:
Huka Entertainment is a leading creator and producer of large scale destination-location music festivals, including the Pemberton Music Festival situated on 300 pristine acres at the base of Mt. Currie in Britsh Columbia, and the Tortuga Music Festival on the white sandy beaches of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Best known for creating groundbreaking fan, VIP and artist experiences, the company was the creative force and producer of the award-winning Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL. Based in New Orleans with deep roots in Gulf Coast culture, the fully independent Huka Entertainment also co-produces the Buku Music + Art Project in New Orleans located on the banks of the Mississippi river, and has a growing touring division which promotes hundreds of concerts across North America annually. For more information, visit huka.com.