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DeLuna Fest to Feature Football Lounge

By James Hagan

Patrons at DeLuna Fest nervous about missing the action of their favorite football teams are now able to combine their two passions with the announcement that the festival will host the NBC Sports Group Lounge.

The Sports Lounge, located on the festival grounds on Pensacola Beach, will feature over 12 big screen TVs broadcasting Saturday’s college football action and Sunday’s NFL games.

Billed as the first of its kind, the Sports Lounge will feature a full-service bar and offer a view of the Main Stage so that patrons can keep one eye on the game and one eye on such headline performers as the Zac Brown Band and the Foo Fighters.

While this will alleviate the issue of not having a television around when your favorite team is lining up for that game-winning field goal, DeLuna attendees must still coordinate their music and football schedules in order to not a miss a minute of their favorite performers and teams.

Needless to say, college football passions run high in the South. This will certainly be true when LSU takes on Auburn on Saturday. The Tiger versus Tiger showdown will surely have the Sports Lounge rocking with vociferous boosters on both sides cheering on their SEC team. The currently scheduled afternoon game will take place during the sets by such favorites as Paloma and Motopony on the WindCreek Stage. No word on if the “Honey Badger” Tyrann Mathieu, kicked off LSU this season for unspecified rules infractions, will make an appearance at the Fest, but if he did he could catch the set of a country star everyone is starting to care about, Maggie Rose on the Dock Stage.

Other Southern football powerhouses playing that afternoon include FSU playing Clemson, and Florida playing Kentucky. With the recent disappointing seasons of both Florida teams, undecided fans may choose to enjoy the sure-to-be-fantastic set of local favorite Chris Staples and the performance of the legendary Joan Jett and the Blackhearts instead.

The evening’s showcase game will see Michigan play Notre Dame during the sets of Band of Horses and Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers. With a band name like Barbecue Swingers it is unclear how anyone could choose football, however.

There is no major football game scheduled for Diplo’s late night set on the WindCreek Stage  because it has been proven that the superstar DJ is greater than football.

Sunday’s noon NFL action will see the Atlanta Falcons play the Cam Newton-helmed Carolina Panthers, and the Tim Tebow-led—at least spiritually—New York Jets against the San Francisco 49ers. While both games promise to be intense affairs, festival-goers may instead choose to watch the much-anticipated reunion set by Twothirtyeight.

The New Orleans Saints play in the 3 p.m. game against the Green Bay Packers. While sets by The Corin Tucker Band and The Wallflowers promise to be great, all football-fanatics will assuredly be in the Sports Lounge rooting on the “Who Dats” to defeat their NFC rivals. If you see suspended Saints Head Coach Sean Payton hanging around the festival, however, be sure to buy him a beer. He’s having a tough year.

The evening will conclude with the sets of Florence and the Machine and the Zac Brown Band during the defending champion New York Giants’ game against the Philadelphia Eagles. This is a fitting conclusion as the Super Bowl champs of football converge with the new Super Bowl of music festivals.

With a smorgasbord of both musical and football goodness on tap for DeLuna Fest weekend, there is no shortage of options for sports junkies and those just looking to take a short break from rock-n-rolling. While gambling on football is illegal, it is a sure bet that the teaming up of the Sports Lounge and DeLuna Fest will prove to be a winner for everyone in attendance.

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