Tortuga Music Festival 2017 sets record attendance
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The Tortuga Music Festival has long been one of Florida’s most well-attended events, but, this year, the 2017 edition of this beachside country music festival smashed attendance records.

According to Ben Crandell of, Tortuga broke the 100,000 attendance mark for the first time in its storied history. The event drew fans from all corners of America and even from overseas to witness one of the best lineups the festival had ever fielded.

The names that were on Fort Lauderdale Beach during Tortuga was staggering. The lineup was a true mix of the all-time favorites, the new, and the future. Representing the all-time favorites were country legends Alan Jackson and Darius Rucker, two country bad mama-jamas who command a crowd anywhere they go, whether it’s at Tortuga or at a small-town festival.

But they weren't the only headliners on the stage at Tortuga. Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan, two of country’s modern day kings, also did their thing on the stages of the festival to the throngs of bikini-clad women and shirtless guys who filled up the beach for a weekend of music and fun-in-the-sun.

Fans who made it to Tortuga also got a treat when hip-hop star Nelly made a fresh appearance at Tortuga. Add to the mix the sheer number of up-and-comers who rocked the stage in their 15-minutes of fame, and you had the perfect storm that would upbringing in a record number of attendees to Fort Lauderdale.

Speaking of Fort Lauderdale, let’s not lose the fact that this year’s Tortuga was a major windfall for the city. Fort Lauderdale still has the scars of the airport terrorist attack that shook the city to its core, but the city has been resilient and has soldiered on.

The Tortuga Music Festival played an instrumental part in helping the city recover even more, and, thanks to the festival’s record attendance, the city has recovered and then some. The news of the attendance record is even more proof that the Tortuga Music Festival is one of the premier country festivals in the world, and here’s hoping the Tortuga Music Festival has another record-breaking event next year.