Five Flags Tourism Group announces Sam’s Club as official Presenter of De Luna Fest, a Music Festival that will feature major musical performances on the Gulf Coast of Pensacola Beach.
Headliners Bush, Daughtry and Dierks Bentley have all been recently added to the De Luna Fest line-up to an already impressive list of performers for its inaugural year including performances from Stone Temple Pilots, 311, 30 Seconds to Mars, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Paper Tongues, The Submarines, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Bravery, Rebelution, Better than Ezra and many more.
Additional headliners and performers are yet to be announced for a newly added third festival day. Tickets purchased for the two-day festival will now extend to include the third day. Area hotels will be given a quantity of tickets for the festival to distribute to their guests. The third day of the music festival is free to the public; however, tickets will be necessary. Tickets will be released at the De Luna Fest Web site. Details will be made available at http://www.delunafest.come in the near future.
The three-day festival, now scheduled for Fri.–Sun., October 15-17, 2010 will feature musical performances on three stages directly on Pensacola Beach fronting the Gulf of Mexico. De Luna Fest will be the first major music festival in the Pensacola area in more than four years. In the midst of the oil crisis, the Pensacola area, especially the beach community, has suffered terribly from an economic collapse. The plan for the De Luna Fest was created well before the Deepwater Horizon Spill. In the wake of what has been described as “the worst environmental disaster in our nation’s history,” the festival organizers have made the decision to continue on with the music festival.
“We are thrilled we can support De Luna Fest and the Pensacola community with this event,” said Shane Jeter, market manager, Sam’s Club. “We want to do all we can to support area small businesses and residents impacted by the oil spill as they look to the future.”
“There will be something here for everyone,” said Nick Bodkins, festival organizer, Five Flags Tourism Group (FFTG). “We’re bringing amazing live performances to our area with ticket prices that will encourage people of all ages to support Pensacola Beach while having fun. The beach needs our support now more than ever. Small businesses on the beach need this festival. We will do whatever is necessary to make this festival happen, and the community is working hard to clean up the beach and keep it beautiful.” A portion of De Luna Fest’s ticket sales will be donated to various ecological endeavors including the Emerald Coast Keeper (http://www.emeraldcoastkeeper.org), ensuring the health of the beach for generations to come, and the Gulf Coast Energy Network (http://www.gulfcoastenergynetwork.org/), working to move the nation towards the goal of improving energy efficiency in the workplace and at home.
“This area has been hoping for a festival like this for years,” said Scott Wheatley, FFTG partner and festival producer. “Bring your beach chair, stake a spot in the sand, and be ready to have a great weekend on Pensacola Beach. Also, for us to offer a third day for all of Pensacola at no charge and to bring in big acts is absolutely amazing.”
With performances taking place on three stages including two main stages on the beach, De Luna Fest will feature music across all genres. Festival organizers are working with area restaurants to feature outstanding local cuisine in the bazaar, “Ariola Food Market.”
Festival tickets were made available online starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6th at delunafest.com, and discount tickets are available at Seville Quarter in Downtown Pensacola and at The Bridge Bar and Sunset Lounge in Gulf Breeze. The advance ticket prices are $80 online for a weekend pass and $75 weekend discount passes are available in person at Seville Quarter and The Bridge Bar and Sunset Lounge. VIP ticket-and-travel packages start at $275 and will be available online or by phone at 888-9DELUNA.