VIDEO TOUR OF THE PREMISES
If you couldn't trek out to the festival, or couldn't wake up in time, festival photographer Barbara Corbellini Duarte documented the sunrise Friday morning over the festival grounds. Check out the first video in the playlist above.
Festival correspondent Talia J. Medina tours the colorful campers and tents in Okeechobee. Check out the video above and stay tuned for more videos on the culture of this festival.
LOOKING GOOD FOR NEXT YEAR
Steve Sybesma, an organizer of the festival, said it's pretty unusual for a first year festival to sell out on the second day.
"I think it's a good reflection of the community, a good reflection of this state," he said.
He's learning a lot from the first year of the festival and is considering increasing the size of the festival next time.
"This year, we limited it to where we are, about 30,000, and wanted to make sure we could handle it.”
The Okeechobee Sheriff's Office will have their hands full at the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival as they deal with the flood of about 30,000 people into their area.
Since the start of the festival Thursday, Sheriff's Undersheriff Noel Stephen said his deputies have been handling the crowds well with a small portion of the population being jailed.
As of 2 p.m. Friday, 36 people have been arrested. The arrests includes drug possession, trespassing and drunken disorderly charges, he said.
And in addition to guns being confiscated from festival goers, deputies are confiscating water guns. In other music festivals, people have been filling water guns with human urine and spraying law enforcement officers.
OKEECHOBEE SELLS OUT
At 11:30 p.m. Thursday, the festival announced that the last available pass for the 30,000-capacity event had been sold. Festival spokeswoman Cyndi Putnam says that contrary to previous reports, no single-day passes will be made available.
KENDRICK LAMAR DROPS ALBUM
Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival's Saturday headliner Kendrick Lamar released an album titled "Untitled Unmastered" on Spotify and iTunes Thursday night. The studio release includes versions of untitled songs the Compton rapper performed on shows such as "The Colbert Report" and the recent Grammy Awards broadcast.
OKEECHOBEE FACTS AND FIGURES
Random things to think about if you are on your way to the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival on Friday:
The festival grounds are located 2 1/2 hours from downtown Fort Lauderdale. You will encounter six miles of construction on the Beeline Highway west of Palm Beach International Raceway, though it didn't cause any traffic slowdowns on Thursday.
Mind your speed, especially about a mile past Indiantown, and after you make the turn onto Southeast 128th Avenue. There were police sitting behind trees, just like in the movies.
A convenience store is located at Southeast 128th Avenue and Highway 70, about five miles from the festival. It sells most everything you’ll need.
Pack appropriately: Security will search your car as you enter, and some cars were being subjected to random searches. Glass bottles and even a large spoon were seen being confiscated.
Many camping spots filled up Thursday night, so be prepared to wait to park and camp.
There are good food trucks, but maybe not enough once everyone is here. Stock up.
Phone service is very spotty.