Today, Athens, GA road warriors Widespread Panic officially announced the details for the 2018 edition of Panic En La Playa, their annual beachside destination event. The 7th installation of Panic En La Playa will take place January 26th – 30th, 2018 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico. In addition to four full two-set shows from Panic, the event will feature a talented lineup of late-night super-jams and “Solo Sunset Shows.” The late-night schedule for the Cloud 9 Adventures-produced event includes a pair of truly star-studded collaborative performances: the NOLA-flavored “Playa Allstars” (Eric Krasno, George Porter, Jr., Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville, Terence Higgins, Eric “Benny” Bloom, and Ryan Zoidis) and the “Zambi Allstars,” presumably a tribute to the late Col. Bruce Hampton featuring several of his past collaborators (Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, Matt Slocum, Rev. Jeff Mosier, and Eric Krasno).
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North Carolina-based sextet Big Something will also perform a late night set. The solo sunset performances will feature several of the most sought-after performers on the road today, including David Shaw of The Revivalists, Marcus King of The Marcus King Band, and singer-songwriter Cris Jacobs.
The event allows fans to enjoy some of their favorite artists in a tropical setting without ever pulling out their wallets, as all drinks, food, concerts, and activities/excursions (like zip-lining, a trip to Tulum’s Mayan ruins, and more) are included in the ticket price.
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Those who have attended Panic En La Playa in past years will get first crack at tickets for the 2018 event when loyalty pre-sale begins on July 10th. Public on-sale opens at 12pm Eastern the following day, July 11th. For more information on Panic En La Playa Siete, head to the event website.
Although Widespread Panic proclaimed last year that they would be significantly cutting down on their famously extensive touring schedule in 2017, the band has a number of dates on the books including weekend runs at Red Rocks this coming weekend, St. Augustine Amphitheatre in July, Las Vegas at the end of October and more, as well as several festival headlining sets this summer. For a full list of upcoming Panic dates, head to the band’s website.
[Cover photo via WSP Facebook]