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Outkast, Vampire Weekend headline Big Guava Music Festival in Tampa

The newly reformed Outkast will headline a bill that includes Vampire Weekend, Foster the People and close to 40 other artists playing the first-ever Big Guava Music Festival in Tampa.

Promoter Live Nation announced the acts coming to the MidFlorida Amphitheatre and Florida State Fairgrounds on May 2 to 4 for The Big Guava Music Festival at a news conference this morning.

“We can sit back and wait for bands to call us and play, but this is a little more exciting trying to create an event,” said Neil Jacobsen, president of Live Nation Florida, which partnered with the Florida State Fair Authority to create the music festival. “We wanted a big festival in mid-Florida and the great thing is you have Tampa, Orlando, Ft. Myers, Sarasota and a lot of great cities to draw from.”

The four-stage music festival will also feature food trucks, craft beers and a fair-style midway with unlimited thrill rides. Promoters said they hope to make the festival a yearly event.

Jacobsen said the festival’s name, the Big Guava, was the brainchild of an employee.

“I had a contest in the office, whoever picks the best name gets dinner, and one of my guys came up with the name. And there’s a little historical element to guava in Tampa so that makes a lot of sense.”

A limited quantity of early-bird, three-day tickets go on sale for $99 through Live Nation at 5 p.m. today. On Saturday at 10 a.m. the price for a three-day ticket goes on sale for $165. Three-day, general admission tickets will include parking and unlimited rides.

A $499 Super Guava ticket will include premium seating, food, access to lounges and other upgrades.

News broke last week that Grammy-winning duo Outkast, comprised of Andre 3000 and Big Boi, would reunite to play the Coachella festival in April. The duo parted ways in 2007 to pursue solo projects.

Here’s the full lineup for the Big Guava Music Festival:


Vampire Weekend

Foster the People

Slightly Stoopid


Violent Femmes

Girl Talk

Earl Sweatshirt



Twenty One Pilots

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience

Chance the Rapper

Walk the Moon

Blue October

Band of Skulls

ZZ Ward

Ms Mr


Hoodie Allen

American Authors

Deap Vally

St. Lucia


Bear Hands

Morning Parade


Magic Man

Jacuzzi Boys

Gringo Star

Unlikely Candidates

Vic Mensa

Terraplane Sun

Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas

Fly Union

For a full list of acts, visit www.bigguavafest.com

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