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Widespread Panic to play two Azalea Festival concerts


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Get ready for Panic at the 2014 North Carolina Azalea Festival.

Widespread Panic will play two concerts during the 67th annual event in April, festival organizers announced this morning.

"We are thrilled to bring Widespread Panic back to the Azalea Festival and our new downtown venue," Azalea Festival President Steve Coble said in a news release announcing the concerts. "Having them headline for two nights, Friday and Saturday, will give fans a chance to experience Widespread in Wilmington in a way that's never been done before."

The southern rock legends will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, on the festival's outdoor stage at the Cape Fear Community College parking lot on N. Front St. between Brunswick and Hanover streets across from the Schwartz Center and WWAY NewsChannel 3. The festival moved its concerts to the venue last year with sold-out performances by the Avett Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Tickets for the concerts are $60. Order online at to purchase and print tickets beginning Saturday at 9 a.m.

Tickets also available at the Azalea Festival office at 5725 Oleander Drive beginning Monday at 9 a.m. and continuing Monday–Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

All tickets are general admission, standing room only. This is a rain or shine event. All tickets are non-refundable.

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WP Invasion

I can't wait to see these shows like many others who will travel. This will be a nice early beach vacation. You should be happy to see a great Southern band with over 20 years experience headline the festival. They could bring another Yankee like Brad Paisley.

Typical Wilmington!

"The southern rock legends will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, on the festival's outdoor stage at the Cape Fear Community College parking lot on N. Front St." (Unquote)

That kills me from laughter. Wilmington has a Convention Center that's high and dry...and these guys play outside possibly in the rain??? there a "Tie Your Shoe" contest going on that day at the White Elephant CC? Better known as "WECC" :-)

Classic Wilmington Redneck remark below:

Submitted by Billbert (not verified) on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 3:52pm.
Darn dirty hippies, cut your hair and stay off my lawn!!
(Be sure and not swaller your backer Billbert!)


$60 to watch from a parking deck? Bet the sound will be wonderful. If it rains? You guessed it, gather under a tarp.

forget widespead panic.....

Bring GWAR!

Who is WSP?

Think Allman bros, The Band, Grateful Dead... a bunch of great players, and for your $60 they go for almost three hours.

That being said, I prefer to watch them on youtube where the smell of pachouli isn't so strong.

Who is wsp? You need to

Who is wsp? You need to learn your music before you sound like an idiot. Stay home and watch your YouTube videos, you don't deserve to be graced with the presence of JB and the boys

better luck

Let's hope they stay together and don't split up the week before like their coverband did during the Downtown Sundown concert this past summer.

fingers crossed

Agreed. The breakup of a Widespread Panic cover band could TOTALLY affect whether the ACTUAL band will stay together or not. Let's keep our fingers crossed that doesn't happen! *facepalm*

Can we bring back the Azalea festivals of the 80s/90s

Where is the diversity? Everyone in Wilmington isn't 62 years old or love country music. Where is the diversity in bringing younger music for younger people with a different genre of music. I would love to see some hip hop, pop or r&B come to Wilmington. Are the people in charge even looking at the genre or picking entertainers because they themselves are old or either love country music.

Not a bit of this makes

Not a bit of this makes sense. There is no way you could bring that many people that would pay enough money to hear hip-hop. Just sayin. There are not going to be a bunch of drug arrests in town. Hell, we have a huge hard drug problem in town as it is. All we would get with a huge hip-hop show would be a bunch of fights and possible shootings. Agree or disagree, it's the way it is.

talib kweli

Love hip hop. talib kweli is at ziggies tonight.


That's silly. Lots of ages like wsp. I'm 27 and pumped about this!!

Get your point

WSP is rock, however point taken, the planning commission are older people, they take no thought into the younger citizens in the city. There focus on the older population is one of the big issues with this city growth....They think only black thugs and the like listen to Pop, RnB, and Hip-Hop, in an calculated effort to exclude them they never include those genres of music into the Azalea Festival Activities. Dollar for dollar 14-29 spends double during azalea festival then 49-65

Are they gonna give out the whippits as well

Lets bring little wayne and make this a real bunch of junkies....smh

Yippie, spreadheads...

You think there is a drug problem downtown now, just wait until all the spreadheads come out of the woodwork for this event. At least this will generate some added revenue(massive drug arrests, will be like shooting fish in a barrel)to help offset the city's overspending.

Umm what kind of drug

Umm what kind of drug problem do you think your downtown has??? It's tiny what are they cooking meth downtown??? Drugs have become a rural problem across the country! Name one major city with a downtown drug problem??? You can't gone are the days of empty crack vials on the streets of NYC, Chicago,etc.! Oh wait you must think pot is a drug and is a problem! If that's the case then Hell yeah buddy it's coming to your town! Stupid ignorant comment!

Umm, what's with

all the ??? and !!!, are you twelve years old? Did you even re-read your comment before posting it? You look to be the stupid ignorant one. Yes, pot is a drug and I could care less if people use it or not. You obviously are very naive or haven't been to many WP shows. Mushrooms, ecstasy, acid, mescaline, cocaine, etc., you name it and you will be sure to find groups of people doing it.

Great band and I'd love to

Great band and I'd love to see them but there's no way my wife and I can afford $120?? It cocerns me that a community event like the Azalea Fest has become just a big giant get out your wallet event and have now price us out of attending. I really think the community leaders need to do some "soul searching" ?

Re: Great band and I'd love to

You might need to do some "logic searching."

Who priced you out of attending what?

This concert is one part of many things going on that comprise the Azalea festival.

You are the one without $120. Where do you suggest the community leaders (which don't set ticket prices btw) price these tickets? $119, $110 per pair?

You should be thankful. If you can't afford this, then you certainly can't see the band in Raleigh or Charleston when gas, food, and lodging are a factor in addition to, low and behold, $60 tickets.

Or, for FREE

stand outside. Since it is being held in the CFCC Parking Lot, you can be anywhere and HEAR the music. If you want to HEAR the concert, it's free to listen. If you want to be mobbed and in the MOSH PIT, lol, pay the money.

Yay!!!!!!!! Thank you

This is the coolest thing to happen to Wilmington since the Riverwalk and a cleaned-up downtown. Thank you Festival Organizers! Now, just be sure that the beer is a little better than the fare offered at the Avett Bros show, the Panic crowd is picky! Come one come all.

Very excited will be coming

Very excited will be coming from western Kentucky to see Widespread Panic !

also excited and coming.

i'm excited to come from Greenville Loop. solid choice, over-priced a bit but who cares, talent doesn't come cheap. count me in for at least one night!

and here's some extra punctuation for those of you who hate life and want to act like a 90 year-old mizer:


I don't think.....

I don't think that anyone hates life....they just want to hear decent music for the money they have to shell out. I would think that the powers that be would have chosen a person or band a tad bit more generally recognized and professional. For $60. you can see someone who's actually famous and talented in Myrtle Beach. I wonder who makes these decisions.

I think

I think you don't get any more famous, talented or professional than widespread panic.

Who ?

Widespread who?

Wilmington Observer

They are the

Worst rock band ever. Lead singer’s voice – fingernails on a chalkboard.
Lemming like followers. It’s not music, just noise. Painful to listen to.


Never heard of them

According to the newscast

According to the newscast Widespread Panic is a southern rock legend.

I am allsome

I am allsome