Want to play Okeechobee 2018? The Portal is Open for Florida Artists! | Submissions Close: December 18, 2017!

by • December 6, 2017

Last year, I got to witness some of my very good friends take the “NOW” stage at Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival 2017.

Gary Lazer Eyes won the Destination Okeechobee competition and a bid to play the festival to thousands of new fans. This opportunity is priceless. Okee is the only festival with its own personal estuary from gigging locally to playing alongside national acts. 

SaTiSfY out NOW!

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Witnessing friends get the notoriety they deserve after years on the local circuit, is unreal. Fans I knew, and new friends I just met, gathered at the base of the “NOW” stage as we watched GLE groove in The Grove in larger than life style.

Now, it’s your time.

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is a four-day surreal experience, filled with multi-genre music, immersive art, and transformative events. One (1) ReverbNation band or solo artist from anywhere in the United States and four (4) Florida-based ReverbNation bands or solo artists will be selected to perform at the 2018 event.”


Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival 2018 performers include Arcade FireBassnectar (2 sets!), HalseyTravis ScottKhalidFoster the PeopleLeon BridgesThe Flaming LipsZeds DeadSlightly StoopidTipperBig GiganticSTS9Local NativesGramatikIlleniumblackbearThievery Corporation, and so many more!

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival 2018


150 Florida-based artists and 10 non-Florida based artists will be selected by the Okeechobee staff and entered into an online fan voting competition on okeechobeefest.com At least 20 Florida-based artists with the most online votes will then perform live at a Battle of the Bands in the city nearest to them. The battles will take place in Orlando, Tallahassee, Miami (or Ft. Lauderdale), and Gainesville (or Jacksonville) Five (5) or six (6) artists will battle in each of the four Florida markets. The sole “winner” from each battle will get to perform at Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival 2018.


The non-Florida based artist with the most fan votes will not need to perform in a Battle of the Bands show and will automatically get to perform at Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival 2018.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Submissions open: December 4, 2017
  • Submissions close: December 18, 2017
  • Online fan voting start date: December 21, 2017
  • Online fan voting close date: January 2, 2017
  • Fan voting competition winners announcement: January 4, 2017
  • Battle of the Bands show dates announcement: January 8, 2018


*Visit Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival for Rules, Regulations, and Terms & Conditions

Okeechobee only comes once a year, and this is your chance to seize all of your musical dreams! The Sunshine Grove is a special place where troubles melt like lemon drops… no, sorry, not that place, but it’s pretty close! All of your worries are dropped at the gates and you are immersed in art, visuals, healing, music, and love. Be a part of something great. Step into the Portal.

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