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Flaming Lips to headline Gasparilla Music Festival

Hang on to your, well, everything – The Flaming Lips are headlining the Gasparilla Music Festival.

The “fearless freaks” from Oklahoma will bring their over-the-top onstage antics to the expanded two-day festival on March 8 and 9 at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park it was announced Friday night.

Other bands playing the burgeoning 3-year-old fest: Latin Grammy-winning Venezuelan collective Los Amigos Invisibles, indie rockers Delta Spirit, Americana singer-songwriter Jason Isbell and roots rocker Anders Osborne.

The Gasparilla Music Festival has earned a reputation for featuring an eclectic mix of nationally known independent artists and local acts. More than 40 bands are expected to play on four stages with additional performers being announced in the coming weeks.

The stop in downtown Tampa is The Flaming Lips only scheduled Florida appearance. The band’s last appearance in the Bay area, at Jannus Live in 2010, was called a “psychedelic mind-blower” by The Tribune’s rock critic. The band’s elaborate shows routinely feature wild costumes, complex lighting — even puppets.

Two-day general admission “early bird” tickets are on sale now for $40, and will later increase to $60. VIP tickets are $150. Tickets are available at gasparillamusicfestival.com, at Ticket Fly online and at Daddy Kool Records, The Hub, Microgroove, Mojo Books and Music and KT Janes.

“We expect to sell out the festival,” GMF executive director Ty Rodriguez said in a statement.

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