Weekend music festivals: National acts worth splurging on


If Spring Break had come a week later, students would have had no problem attending three of Florida’s major music shows March 24-27. But the absence of a break week won’t stop some students. The Spinnaker found these nationally recognized music festivals that will be the place to be if you’re into folk, into dance or into a little bit of everything.Suwannee Springfest
March 24-27
Live Oak
The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
$180 Regular Weekend Ticket With Camping
$50 Single-Day Thursday, $65 Single-Day Friday, $75 Single-Day Saturday, $50 Single-Day Sunday All Without Camping

Folk music adheres everyone’s souls together. Who needs dancing when head-swaying to poignant lyrics seems like a chill time? The 15th Annual Suwannee Springfest will host so many string instruments that you won’t even need sneakers. Go down with your other bluegrass- and folk-lovers, pitch a tent and spend a weekend basking in the true spring. Plus, it’s not like a band as heartfelt as the Avett Brothers comes to Jacksonville all that often.

Playlist Live
March 26-27
Marriott World Center Resort
$72.73 Standard Ticket + Fee

This one’s for the nerds. If you wanna dance and not care who’s watching, check out Playlist Live. Not only will this festival bring together your favorite names in online video, but both afternoons will feature an eclectic mixture of music for the not-too-judgmental taste. The mainstay, Chicago-based grunge rockers Driftless Pony Club, has just come off a tour in the North and flies out to Orlando just for this event. Make sure to have them sign your Converses.

Ultra Music Festival
March 25-27
Bicentennial Park
Sold Out

Electroids, it’s time to dance – and yes, people will be watching. Where to begin? You’ve got Crystal Castles, Cut Copy, Tiesto and David Guetta all under one roof. Yeah, it’s sold out, but a festival as large as Ultra cannot go unnoticed. Good shoes are imperative. Hang out from the early afternoon until midnight booping and beeping to only the best electronica and remixes out there. And it all happens in the New York City of the South. Downtown Miami serves as the club, and your body serves as a vessel for unadulterated dancing.