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|Rock the Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival|
|Genre||Country, rock, roots|
|Dates||April 7-9, 2017|
|Location(s)||Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States|
|Founded by||HUKA Entertainment, Rock The Ocean|
Rock the Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival is an annual music festival held at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Founded by Huka Entertainment and the Rock The Ocean Foundation, the annual spring festival aimed to raise awareness and support for ocean conservation. A portion of the ticket proceeds goes to charity, and as of 2016 over $300,000 has been raised for ocean conservation.
The festival features multiple stages of live entertainment with a focus on country, rock and a variety of roots music. Past performers have included Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. The 2017 edition announced Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, and Chris Stapleton as headliners.
Each year, the festival features an area known as Conservation Village. The area holds interactive booths that contain games, exhibitions and displays with the focus of raising awareness of issues impacting the world's oceans and supporting marine research and conservation. The festival also aims to raise money to protect sea turtles that nest annually along South Florida's Atlantic seaboard. Past Conservation Village partners have included: Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center, Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program, The Nature Conservancy, University of Miami Marine Conservation Program and many others. At the Conservation Village, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation has also worked to raise ocean awareness with marine life artist and conversationalist, Guy Harvey. More than a dozen organizations were issued over $60,000 in funds by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and the Rock the Ocean Foundation.
The 2017 Tortuga Music Festival took place April 7-9 with a lineup that featured:
The 2016 Tortuga Music Festival expanded to 3 days, and it took place April 15-17. Early bird tickets sold out in 45 minutes. The lineup included:
The 2015 Tortuga Music Festival took place April 11-12, 2015, and sold out, with an estimated 75,000 patrons attending the festival. The lineup consisted of 26 acts, including:
The 2014 Tortuga Music Festival took place April 12-13, 2014 and drew over 44,000 people. Its lineup featured:
The inaugural Tortuga Music Festival took place April 13-14, 2013, and drew over 25,000 people. The Broward and Palm Beach county New Times named it as their "Best Festival" in their "Best of 2013" issue. The lineup included: