What you need to know about Tortuga 2019: Getting there, phone charging, lineup
Tortuga Music Festival 2019 is expected to draw 30,000 country-music fans per day to Fort Lauderdale Beach Park noon-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday, April 12-14, to see a long list of acts led by headliners Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Thomas Rhett. Here’s the latest news on how to navigate Tortuga, including information on tickets, transportation, the daily music schedule, what you can bring, what you can’t.
Single-day tickets cost $135 per day (plus $27 fee), $239 for a three-day pass (plus $34.50 fee). Three-day VIP and Super VIP passes and the upscale Captains Cabanas are sold out. Kids 6 and younger get in free. The box office is at DC Alexander Park, 505 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., across A1A from the festival site. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday, April 12-14. Visit TortugaMusicFestival.com.
Fort Lauderdale beach is undergoing a major remodel in the area just north of the festival site, which will close Las Olas Boulevard to vehicles between Seabreeze Boulevard and A1A, at the base of the bridge. This work has added a new five-story, 650-space parking garage at the corner of Las Olas and Seabreeze, but eliminated a large lot on the opposite corner, and there is no parking specifically dedicated for the Tortuga Music Festival.
Organizers urge visitors to use the Water Taxi, which is running boats 11 a.m.-11 p.m. each day from three locations: the Riverside Hotel (620 E. Las Olas Blvd.), the GalleryOne DoubleTree Suites (2670 E. Sunrise Blvd., near the Galleria Mall) and the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina (1881 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale). Drop-off is across from the festival entrance at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, 501 Seabreeze Blvd. The trip between each stop and the festival site is expected to take 30 minutes. Water Taxi single-day passes cost $12 in advance, $15 day of show; a three-day pass costs $30 in advance, $40 day of show. For more information, go to WaterTaxi.com.
Ride-share services also have drop-off and pickup at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, 501 Seabreeze Blvd.
Here is who is performing when on the Main Stage (M), the Sunset Stage (S) and the Next From Nashville Stage (N).
Friday, April 12: Seaforth (N 1:05 p.m.), Jillian Jaqueline (M 1:35 p.m.), Waterloo Revival (N 1:50 p.m.), Mishka (S 2:35 p.m.), Caylee Hammack (N 2:40 p.m.), Morgan Evans (M 2:50 p.m.), Tenille Townes (N 3:35 p.m.), the Wailers (S 3:35 p.m.), Cody Johnson (M 4:20 p.m.), Travis Denning (N 4:35 p.m.), Elle King (S 5:10 p.m.), Kane Brown (M 6 p.m.), Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (S 7:10 p.m.), Jason Aldean (M 8:25 p.m.).
Saturday, April 13: Natalie Stovall (N 1 p.m.), Mitchell Tenpenny (S 1:20 p.m.), Lindsay Ell (M 1:35 p.m.), Everette (N 1:45 p.m.), Cassadee Pope (S 2:20 p.m.), Lauren Jenkins (N 2:30 p.m.), Raelynn (M 2:50 p.m.), Rachel Wammack (N 3:20 p.m.), Maddie & Tae (S 3:35 p.m.), Claire Dunn (N 4:20 p.m.), Midland (M 4:20 p.m.), Michael Franti & Spearhead (S 5:10 p.m.), Maren Morris (M 6 p.m.), Flo Rida (S 7:10 p.m.), Thomas Rhett (M 8:25 p.m.)
Sunday, April 14: Gabby Barrett (N 1 p.m.), Carly Pearce (M 1: 05 p.m.), Delta Rae (S 1:20 p.m.), Caroline Jones (N 1:35 p.m.), David Lee Murphy (M 1:55 p.m.), Levon (N 2:15 p.m.), Danielle Bradbury (S 2:20 p.m.), Filmore (N 3 p.m.), Michael Ray (M 3 p.m.), the Wheeland Brothers (S 3:35 p.m.), Abby Anderson (N 3:50 p.m.), Chris Janson (M 4:10 p.m.), Logan Mize (N 4:45 p.m.), Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (S 5:10 p.m.), Sheryl Crow (M 6 p.m.), Dustin Lynch (S 7:10 p.m.), Kenny Chesney (M 8:25 p.m.)
Lockers with free phone-charging access can be reserved by the day ($20) or in a three-day package ($50), which allows you to leave your things overnight. The lockers measure 11 inches wide by 13½ inches high and 18 inches deep. A locker rental allows you to leave your phone for unlimited charging with a staff member inside the locker tent. Separate lockers for VIP ($40 for three days) also are available. Visit TortugaMusicFestival.com.
You can register the wristband that serves as your admission ticket on the festival website or at guest services to link it to a credit card, allowing you to make no-cash, no-card transactions with just a PIN. It’s like having your credit card attached snugly to your wrist. Virtually all vendors onsite will accept cashless wristbands.
What you can bring
Snacks in a clear, zip-lock bag up to 1 gallon; small camera (no detachable zoom lens or flash); one 20-ounce sealed bottle of water; empty water container up to 1.5 liters (free fill-ups at water stations inside); small bag or backpack (14-by-11-by-6 inches); personal beach towel; low-profile beach chair, bag chair or inflatable couch (must be set up in the designated chair zone); baby stroller; electronic cigarettes
What to leave home
All bags are searched upon entry and these items will be confiscated: alcohol; glass containers; blankets; cameras with zoom lens; selfie sticks; drones or other recording devices; coolers and grills; large umbrellas, tents or other shade structures; flags or totem poles; laser pointers and glow sticks; balloons, balls and inflatables; iPads or other tablets; musical instruments. Also, no animals (except service animals). Leave your weapons at home, too.
For more information, go to TortugaMusicFestvial.com.