South Beach could play host to a three-day music festival that producers envision as Miami’s version of Coachella, with a diverse lineup of artists attracting up to 30,000 people a day during the weekend after Art Basel.
Billed as “Miami Beach Pop Festival” — reminiscent of the name from a 1968 concert at Gulfstream Park where the main headliner was the Jimi Hendrix Experience — the three-day event would be staged from December 14 through 16. The producers’ wish list for headliners includes acts such as Elton, Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, Jimmy Buffett, Justin Timberlake, and Nicki Minaj.
The Miami Herald stresses that nothing has been decided. The city of Miami Beach wants to get public input on the idea before approving any permits.
The proposal immediately raises questions about staging such a festival in a city where some residents loudly resist large crowds that cause traffic snarls and other troubles.