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Coastline Festival bringing Passion Pit, Matt & Kim, more to Tampa


Published:   |   Updated: July 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM

TAMPA - Another giant music festival will debut at the Florida State Fairgrounds this year.

The inaugural Coastline Music Festival will bring a long list of indie-minded rock and pop stars to the MidFlorida Amphitheatre on Nov. 9, including Passion Pit, Two Door Cinema Club, Matt & Kim, Fitz & the Tantrums and The Joy Formidable.

Live Nation is promoting the daylong fest as a "musiculinary experience," featuring a locally focused "Craft Beer Cove," with 25 varieties of brew; a "Food Trucktopia," featuring an eclectic mix of ethnic and vegetarian eats; and an "Isle of Art," where attendees can engage with art and artists from Florida's progressive art scene.

The Mowgli's, Surfer Blood and St. Lucia and the Royal Concept will also play, with performances spread over two stages.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. July 19 at coastlinefestival.com. Tickets will be sold on a tiered pricing plan that will increase the cost as the festival date nears. Lawn tickets will cost $20 to $30 and reserved seating will run $35 to $45. General admission pit tickets are $55. All tickets will include general admission for the second stage.

More special guest performers and the full lineup of food trucks and craft beers will be announced leading up to the event, according to a news release from promoter Live Nation.

The Coastline festival, which also stops in West Palm Beach on Nov. 10, is the third major Live Nation festival to debut in the Tampa Bay area this year. In May, the Funshine Festival combined a carnival midway with concerts by Train, Smashing Pumpkins and others at the fairgrounds. In January, the Sunshine Blues Festival, headlined by Tedeschi Trucks Band, debuted in St. Petersburg.

Headlining synth-pop band Passion Pit has not played Tampa since a sold-out performance at the Ritz Ybor in 2010. Since then, the band scored a hit album with the long-awaited "Gossamer" and made headlines by becoming one of only a handful of independent acts to sell out New York's Madison Square Garden.

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