Gasparilla Music Festival is looking for a new venue

For years, the annual Gasparilla Music Festival welcomed bands in February or March with an open-air festival in downtown Tampa, visiting Kylie Gardens and Curtis Hickson Park. But this year things have to change.

Kylie Gardens has been closed due to water intrusion issues and the festival will have to find another venue.

In an email to the Tampa Bay Times, City of Tampa spokesperson Lauren Rozilla said, “Tampa Parks and Recreation is actively working with the organization to find another suitable location for the event.” rice field.

David Cox, executive director of the Gasparilla Music Foundation, said no dates or lineup had been announced yet, as he hoped to have a venue decided by the end of 2022. It still happens, but there are weekends they’re working on.

The Gasparilla Music Foundation, which produces the festival, has emailed this statement.

“Since being informed of the waterproofing problem under Kylie Gardens and the fact that the city is currently not issuing a permit for the Gasparilla Music Festival to use its park, we are committed to creating a great festival experience. We have been working on alternative plans for 2023 in downtown Tampa.Unfortunately there are still some issues that have not been resolved and we are currently working on them.GMF 2023 has some exciting new changes We are optimistic that will be added and look forward to announcing these details soon.

2022 was the best year for our foundation. Our festival has had a great year in ticket sales, sponsorship and membership.We are excited to continue this momentum and grow the festival well into 2023 and beyond.

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