When DeLuna Fest premiered in 2010, no one could have foreseen that it’d be during a period when the Gulf Coast region was ravaged by one of the biggest eco-disasters in recent history. Despite premiering a festival against those adverse conditions, the Pensacola Beach, FL-based festival proved a success with a lineup featuring Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, and Ed Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes. For its sophomore year, DeLuna Fest now prides itself as a “resort destination festival” and boasts an initial lineup made up of musical heavy weights and up-and-comers.
Set to run October 13th-16th, this year’s festivities leads with Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, and Big Boi. Other highlights include Cut Copy, The New Pornographers, Ghostland Observatory, Matt & Kim, Stars, Ra Ra Riot, Mute Math, Cold War Kids, Ladytron, and Manchester Orchestra.
The initial bill also includes The Airborne Toxic Event, Wanda Jackson, Betty LaVette, K. Flay, Toubab Krewe, Bear Hands, Royal Bangs, PS I Love You, Asobi Seksu, AWOLNATION, The Constellations, The Limousines, The Hood Internet, Grouplove, Free The Robots, Gary Fields, GIVERS, Bad Books, Motonpony, wallpaper., and JJ Grey & Mofro, among many others.
Expanding on last year’s set-up, DeLuna will now feature a total of six stages of music this year, with performances taking place on both the beach and the pool decks of the festival’s three high-end resort hotels (The Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach, The Hilton Pensacola Beach, and the Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach). Lifeguards, beware!
Both the Early Bird and Early VIP ticket packages are sold out. Currently, two packages are available for purchase: the VIP Weekend package, which goes for $800, and the Advanced package, available for a cool $149.95. For complete ticketing information, visit the festival’s website.