OKEECHOBEE — Following a one-year hiatus due to COVID, the Okeechobee Music Festival will return in March, 2022. Known as OMF, the festival is a ridiculously fun four-day experience, filled with music from multiple genres, art installations, various levels of camping from primitive to luxurious, a Ferris wheel, and all-night parties.
Despite the fact that no lineup has yet been announced, tickets went on sale in early June and are already going fast. If you want to go, get your tickets soon, because if you wait until the artists are announced, you may be too late.
Over the four years of the festival, three of which sold out, an estimated 150,000 people have attended.
Ticket pre-sales are available now. Four-day packages start at $269 and go as high as $3,500 for a glamping package for two or $10,000 for a glamping RV package for five people. While your head is spinning at the price of those top-end packages, realize they will all sell out, as they have in previous years.
The Okeechobee Music Festival was one of the few festivals to take place in 2020, featuring Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Machine Gun Kelly, Bassnectar, Lotus, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Rufus Du Sol, Haim, Sublime with Rome, and dozens more. Very soon after the March 5-8 event, the world shut down, and no event was scheduled for 2021. The 2020 OMF was the last major U.S. music festival, concluding just one week before the CDC recommended all other festivals cancel.
“We stepped out of the portal in 2020 and all watched the world turn upside down,” OMF organizers said in a June 1 email to Hometown News. “We didn’t realize just how precious those moments were when we were all bunched closely together dancing, laughing, partying, loving, embracing and riding all those good Okee vibes. In the past year we’ve clung onto those warm smiles and hugs, the feeling of the bass booming through our chests, and that irreplaceable feeling of jumping up and down in the crowd to our favorite artists as they play their hearts out. We’ve missed being together with each other. We can’t wait to welcome you home to Sunshine Grove.”
The OMF began in 2016, and took a one-year hiatus in 2019 as it changed management. It is now run by the veteran Los Angeles-based production company Insomniac, which produces huge festivals around the world.
To get a sense of what OMF is like, watch videos from prior festivals at www.youtube.com/c/Okeechobeefest/featured.
OMF takes place at Sunshine Grove, 12517 NE 91st Ave., Okeechobee.