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Next Big Thing includes 30 Seconds to Mars, Jimmy Eat World

The upcoming 97x Next Big Thing festival will include 30 Seconds to Mars, Jimmy Eat World, A Day to Remember and Stone Temple Pilots, Tampa Bay rock station 97X announced this week.

The 13th annual fest, known for featuring a mix of big names and hot up-and-comers, returns to Vinoy Park in St. Petesburg on Dec. 7.

The rest of the lineup includes the Dirty Heads, Manchester Orchestra, Frank Turner, the 1975, Sleeping with Sirens and Saints of Valory.

Ticket prices start at $45 and increase as the date of the concert approaches. They'll cost $55 from Oct. 28 to Nov. 28, $65 from Nov. 29 to Dec. 6, and $80 on the day of the show.

Tickets, with the usual service charges, are available through Ticketmaster outlets. Fee-free tickets can be purchased at all floridacentral Credit Union locations.

Stone Temple Pilots will perform with new singer Chester Bennington, best known as the co-lead-singer from the alt-metal band Linkin Park. The band is currently out on its first tour since replacing long-time, on-again, off-again vocalist Scott Weiland.

It will be 30 Seconds to Mars' third appearance at Next Big Thing, having played the fest in 2006 and 2009 at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre in Tampa. The band released its fourth album, “Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams,” earlier this year.

Mars singer/guitarist Jared Leto also returns to his other career this year, playing alongside Matthew McConaughey in the upcoming “Dallas Buyers Club,” Leto's first film role in nearly four years.

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