Divers and Snorklers Rock Out to Underwater Music Festival

Playing Reef Madness: Music for Mermaids at Florida's Underwater Music Festival

Thanks to Coachella, Lollapalooza and EDC, summer has become synonymous to music festivals, but even the biggest music lovers may not have heard about the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, which took place entirely below sea level.

Attendees of the Underwater Music Festival — which included mostly divers and snorkelers — enjoyed on-theme tunes like The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” and Jimmy Buffet’s “Fins” during the Saturday event in Big Pine Key, Florida.

The playlist was curated by local radio station US1 104.1 FM and delivered underwater by speakers suspended from boats.

While the event was loved by many, who wore mermaid tails and played underwater guitars, the event’s founder Bill Becker said the festival was held with a bigger message in mind.

"We put music underwater so that the divers and snorkelers and fish and the marine life can enjoy it,” Becker said in a statement. “At the same time, we have a serious message about the coral reef. About preserving the reef, about lessening our own impacts to it and being aware of just how important the reef is to the economy of the Florida Keys and to this country."

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