Tampa's Gasparilla Music Festival plans to return this fall

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The Gasparilla Music Festival in downtown Tampa is officially scheduled for October at Curtis Hixon Park. Exact dates will be announced, but there will be a third day, Friday, for Saturday and Sunday concerts.

Executive Director David Cox told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that the GMF team – who have purposely worked not to outdo each other so they don’t have to track new data – are viewing October as a busy month if current developments continue Should only be on site, but with music festivals in the US

Earlybird tickets for the 2021 Gasparilla Music Festival will go on sale in April or May, and Cox said the festival could have a line-up before the end of summer.

The Gasparilla Music Festival 2022 will take place from March 11th to March 12th.

“The team here at GMF was determined to do everything in our power to bring our festival back as soon as possible. If we can make it in 2021, taking all year off wasn’t an option, ”Cox wrote in an email. “So many of our team members, salespeople, artists, stagehands and other supporting crew members have lost their livelihoods over the past year.”

Seven months to the festival – and CDC guidelines are expected to change – the exact best practices and COVID-19 protocol at GMF 2021 are not yet known, so Cox had nothing specific to mention other than the fact that each During the festival phase, it will also be streamed live.

“We want to make sure that anyone with health concerns can continue to participate,” added Cox.

Because of my previous role as social media assistant at GMF from 2013 to 2016, I’ve known Cox for years and had many intimate conversations with him. I’ve never heard him offer any prayers for anything, but he did include them in his comments on the rescheduling.

“We pray that GMF 2021 will not only be a return to life with live music rattling in downtown Tampa for a few days, but that it will also be a weekend that everyone from our ticket taker to the drummer can enjoy on the amphitheater stage, celebrating a return to our local music and art scene and its livelihood, ”added Cox. “October is here! God willing and the brook won’t rise. ”

The status of GMF 2021 immediately came into question when the Gasparilla Day parade announced a postponement that eventually resulted in a cancellation. After the postponement, Cox announced to CL that his festival “will take place as always after the Gasparilla invasion and related celebrations”.

With the announcement of the dates for 2021, the team behind GMF, who built the festival with basic work on deck, achieved a big goal that makes it 10 years.

“Dozens of festivals have come and gone in Florida since we started. Celebrating 10 years and growing year after year is a great source of pride for everyone at GMF,” said Cox. “We’ve been talking about plans for the 10th anniversary since 2019. But now that we’re here, our greater motivation is to get everyone in our industry back to work. If we can do that in any way, we will our 10th year a great success. ”

This post originally appeared in our sister publication Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.

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