GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Those who have fun times, sunny skies and great tunes on their gift lists are in luck this year as Be Live Events is proud to announce the preliminary lineup for debut music festival Lauderdale Live. Scheduled for Sat., Dec. 7 and Sun., Dec. 8, at Fort Lauderdale's beautiful waterfront Huizenga Plaza, Lauderdale Live's headliners include: multi-Grammy Award winner Lyle Lovett, plus multi-platinum hit-makers Huey Lewis & The News. Also appearing at the innovative festival are numerous emerging artists, fan-favorites and critics-darlings including: Indigo Girls with band, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Shovels & Rope, Jason Isbell, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, The Wild Feathers, Holly Williams, Lee DeWyze, Jillette Johnson and more to be announced shortly. On Fri., Dec. 6, an additional night of music, the lavish "Yacht Discovery Experience," will be held across three ships.
The festival site, Huizenga Plaza, is a public cultural space in the heart of the city's nightlife, dining, arts and entertainment scene. Just minutes from vibrant Las Olas –the boulevard known as Greater Fort Lauderdale's "style mile"- the cosmopolitan YOLO Plaza and the diverse FAT Village and Himmarshee districts, Lauderdale Live's attendees will enjoy a fabulous festival, set against the backdrop of scenic waterways, top restaurants and hotels.
General Admission (GA) Weekend Passes, VIP and "Captain's Passes" will go on sale beginning September 30 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Passes range in price from $79 to $379, plus applicable service fees, and are available for purchase at www.lauderdalelivemusic.com. Lauderdale Live has capped the capacity of the festival, to keep fans both up-close-and-personal with the artists and comfortable, so music fans should act quickly before tickets sell out.
General Admission (GA) tickets will be available for $79. GA Pass-holders will have access to the weekend's live performances; varied dining options from regional food trucks, restaurants and vendors; craft beers in the curated beer garden; unlimited re-entry privileges; and more. A stunning festival environment complete with lush tropical landscaping, winding walkways, attractions, restaurants and shops, is complimentary for all.
VIP Passes will be priced at $199 and will include entry to both Saturday and Sunday's festivities. Pass-holders will have access to all the GA amenities, as well as several prime extras: exclusive VIP viewing areas; the ability to skip the beverage lines with access to a private bar; a shady seated chill-out area; and much more.
Those wanting the ultimate festival experience should opt for the exclusive $379 "Captain's Pass." Captain's Pass-holders will have access to all GA and VIP amenities, while reaping such major upgrades as access to a pass-holders only yacht for the entire festival. The gorgeous yacht, docked just outside the festival grounds, features a private bar, restrooms and a stylish hang-out area. Also included is access to a premium seating area in the park, with prime views of all the performances; private restrooms located by the main stage; and complimentary festival merchandise to remember the trip. Further, Captain's Pass-holders will receive entry into two exclusive events: Friday's "Yacht Discovery Experience" and Saturday's official "Lauderdale Live After Party."
Friday's "Yacht Discovery Experience" will be an extravagant celebration where three luxury yachts will be loaded full of new music, drinks and food for all onboard. "Yacht Discovery Experience" attendees will enjoy, in addition to the fun of being turned on to the best in new music, two complimentary onboard drinks and a selection of delectable gourmet finger-foods, all in the intimate setting of Esplanade Park just down the Riverwalk from the main festival site. Entertainment for the "Yacht Discovery Experience" will include Lee DeWyze, the winner of American Idol's ninth season, along with Jillette Johnson, Jackopierce and more to be announced (DeWyze and Johnson are performing both Fri. and Sat.). The official "Lauderdale Live After Party," to be held at Revolution Live, will feature drink specials, DJs and surprise appearances.
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau President Nicki Grossman said, "The debut of this live entertainment event set in a downtown waterfront locale is music to our ears and a formula for success."
"We are thrilled to welcome Be Live Events to the destination as they introduce Lauderdale Live, with a promising line-up of new artist discovery as well as legacy legends – the perfect music genre fit for Greater Fort Lauderdale," said Noelle P. Stevenson, Film & Entertainment Commissioner, Broward Office of Film & Entertainment.
Greater Fort Lauderdale offers more than 34,000 hotel rooms, a diverse mix of accommodations ranging from luxe spa resorts to Superior Small Lodgings, many within walking or biking distance of Huizenga Plaza. Abundant public transportation will also be available throughout the festival. Hop on the city's trolleys or explore in style via Water Taxi, with every trip including an entertaining narrative from the boat's captain. Lodging and travel partner information is available at http://bit.ly/18q5sil.
Members of the press interested in attending the festival may apply for credentials at http://bit.ly/14IaPtJ. Media assets (photos, bios, etc.) are available for download at www.scoopmarketing.com/lauderdale_live.
Festival promoter Be Live Events brings detail and quality to events that create an unforgettable experience for patrons. Visit bemusicentertainment.com for more information on Be Live Events.
For more information on Fort Lauderdale, visit the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau website www.sunny.org
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From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a "beach chic" vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping. For more info, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org.
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