Tortuga Day Two: Farewell Already?
With day one in the past, Tortugers came into day two of the music festival armed with experience and ready to take on the day.
“Yesterday was a lot of fun, but we needed a better plan if we wanted to survive another day,” said University of Miami junior Sarah Driks.
Driks and her crew learned from their exhausting first day that you simply can’t see every act, especially if you want to have a spot close to the front.
“We really wanted to be up front for Sublime, so we got to the beach at noon and there was so much space at the Sunrise Stage,” she said.
Driks and co. laid out their blankets and were right up front for Colt Ford (with a surprise duet from our newfound crush, UNC footballer-turned-country star Chase Rice), who went on at 2:30 p.m., and then their favorite band, Sublime, at 4:30 p.m.
“We were so close to them! It was almost like a spiritual experience,” she joked.
The Dirty Guv’nahs killed it over on the Sunset Stage in between The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band. Most people listened from the spots they were saving for the final act, while other troopers had trekked across the beach to hear Little Big Town.
The party lasted well into the night. The guy and gals in barely-there swimsuits got a little chilly, and the cowboy boots-and jeans-clad folks felt validated in their outfits for the first time all weekend.
Before Zac Brown Band took the stage for the highly anticipated final act, a very special announcement was made: The headliner for next year’s Tortuga Music Festival is – drumroll, please – Blake Shelton! The crowd erupted in cheers as everyone on the beach made a mental note to set aside $165 for Tortuga 2016.
The excitement carried over to the last act of the day. When Zac Brown Band opened their set with their popular single “Homegrown,” the entire audience sang along, from the first row all the way across the beach to the Sunrise Stage.
Their set included fan favorites such as “Knee Deep,” “Keep Me In Mind” and their famous closer, “Chicken Fried.” However, that’s not all ZBB had in store for us. The band kept the energy going all night by surprising the audience with very unexpected (and seriously well-done) covers such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody;” Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir;” Charlie Daniels Band’s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia;” Metallica’s “Enter Sandman;” and Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.” Who knew they were so versatile?
The end of the night wasn’t as hectic as day one, either because festival-goers wanted to bask in their last few moments of the party by the sea or because they were just too damn tired to put up a fight. It was probably (definitely) a combination of both.
Thank you, Tortuga Music Festival, for kicking off summertime, South Florida style. We’ll never forget the music, drinks and scandalous outfits we experienced over the weekend.
Until next year.