Universal Orlando Resort comes alive this spring with its annual Mardi Gras celebration, featuring 20 nights of concerts from the biggest names in music, starting February 8, 2014.
On select nights through May 31, guests will experience a “N’awlins”-inspired, family-friendly version of Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida. There will be Cajun cuisine, authentic New Orleans bands, and an evening parade, all capped off with a concert by a headlining act. All rides will be operational, too.
Several dates are yet to be filled, but here is the current list of headliners:
Saturday, February 8: Daughtry
Saturday, February 15: Barenaked Ladies
Sunday, February 16: Thomas Rhett
Saturday, February 22: Robin Thicke
Saturday, March 1: Collective Soul
Saturday, March 8: Prince Royce
Friday, March 14: Cody Simpson
Saturday, March 15: Foreigner
Friday, March 21: A Great Big World
Saturday, March 22: Gavin DeGraw
Friday, March 28: Kelly Rowland
Saturday, March 29: Weezer
Saturday, April 5: Skillet
Saturday, April 12: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Saturday, April 19: Kool & the Gang
Saturday, April 26: Mardi Gras is not scheduled for this evening
Saturday, May 3: Nelly
Saturday, May 10: The Wanted
Saturday, May 17: The Roots
Saturday, May 24: Cher Lloyd
Saturday, May 31: Huey Lewis and the News
Universal Mardi Gras is included with regular admission, and annual passes. There is also a special Florida Resident Mardi Gras ticket for $69.99, that is good for admission after 5pm.
Universal Orlando has released the complete line-up of performers for their 2013 Summer Concert Series.
Every Saturday night, from June 1 to July 6, the following artists will take the stage at the Universal Studios side of the theme parks:
June 01 – NE-YO
June 08 – Big Time Rush
June 15 – Gavin DeGraw
June 22 – Earth, Wind & Fire
June 29 – Adam Lambert
July 06 – Kip Moore
Access to all Summer Concert Series performances is included with regular admission to Universal Studios Florida.
For guests wanting to visit solely for the concerts, Universal Orlando will offer a special ticket providing one-time access to Universal Studios Florida after 7 p.m. The “Summer Concert Ticket” is priced at $69.99 plus tax and will go on sale beginning May 16 only at universalorlando.com.
I’ve always told my friends that I thought Orlando was a place that needed a huge rock festival.
Oh, sure, we have the Florida Music Festival, which is great for checking out a bunch of indie and local musicians. And we do get traveling shows like the Warped Tour that roll on through.
But we’ve never really had an event on par with Coachella or Lollapalooza…until now.
In a press conference today, July 21, 2011, Melvin Benn, CEO of Festival Republic, stood with Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer and announced Orlando Calling, a two-day music festival to be held on the grounds of the Florida Citrus Bowl.
You may never have heard of Festival Republic, but they’re no fly-by-night company. As the company behind the hugely successful European festivals like Glastonbury and Reading in the UK, they have the experience and connections to make this happen.
Orlando Calling will be held over the weekend of November 12 & 13, 2011. It will feature four stages each day of big name talent like The Killers, The Raconteurs, Pixies, The Roots, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Kid Rock, Blake Shelton and more. The full listing (as of now) can be seen in the poster to the right.
Tickets are rather reasonable for this fest. If you buy prior to September 01, 2011, regular tickets are $80 per day or $145 per weekend pass. VIP tickets, which include the admission plus a VIP area, unlimited beverages and more, start at $165 per day or $285 for the weekend. After September 01, the prices go up about $20 per ticket option.