TAMPA (FOX 13) -
Christopher Sim gives Big Guava big marks.
"I give it an "A" plus it was really really nice," said Sim.
He has been to Bonaroo and Sunfest, but he is planning to come back to Big Guava.
"As long as the line up stays good the crowd is really good not that expensive i didn't think for a three day festival," said Sim.
It is Big Guava's first year. Bands ranging from indie to rap and hip hop played on four stages at The Florida State Fairgrounds over the weekend.
"It is a change from the other festivals I go to where it can turn into a giant mud pit if it rains," said Sim.
Carnival rides were free, food trucks were brought in, and a chill lounge was set up so visitors could take a break. Despite a rainy kick off the crowds came.
"It was a lot of fun everybody just showed up in some ponchos and the shows went on as scheduled the bands went on and played," said David Harb, the General Manager for Live Nation Tampa.
Live Nation hopes to continue growing the festival, with plans on making it the largest in Florida.
"There is electricity in the air right now. I stood by the front gate and we had about three thousand people waiting to come in right when the gates opened and they charged through and everybody was smiling," said Harb.
The bands were just as happy.
"It was a rowdy crowd. The stage was crazy. People were screaming wild. You'll be at a lot of Guava fests in the future," said Cal and Rez, with the band Time Flies.
The duo said it is about time.
"Tampa has needed this and i think it is going to be great for tampa first off you have the facilities the kids are all ready for this and this is year one this is going to get huge best weather in the country," they said.
Mixed with the crowds, that means Big Guava will be back.
"We are going to be bigger and better next year the big guava is gonna grow we've just planted the seed this year," said Harb.
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