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Tortuga Music Festival announces 2019 dates on Fort Lauderdale beach

Cowboy hats and leather boots will stomp on Fort Lauderdale beach once more: The Tortuga Music Festival will return April 12-14, 2019, Fort Lauderdale commissioners confirmed Tuesday night at a city commission meeting.

No country-music names or ticket prices have been announced for the 2019 bill, but the first wave of acts is typically announced in November.

The 2018 Tortuga delivered three days of pop-country sing-alongs and diverse sounds to Fort Lauderdale’s shoreline, with a bill topped by Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban. They joined Snoop Dogg, Dwight Yoakam, Cheap Trick, Shaggy, and Michael Franti and Spearhead, among others.

Tortuga has waved the flag for ocean conservation at the festival’s Conservation Village and through its nonprofit Rock the Ocean Foundation, and has set attendance records each year since it began in 2013. The sold-out 2017 edition saw more than 100,000 visitors on Fort Lauderdale beach, but 2018 attendance figures were not available as of presstime.

By comparison, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee averages 80,000 people over four days of music in June. Meanwhile, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival typically attracts 100,000 concertgoers per day during its six days in the California desert, according to the Los Angeles Times.

For more information, go to TortugaMusicFestival.com.

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