Spotlight On: 97X Next Big Thing

The annual alternative rock blowout hosted by 97X, Next Big Thing, returns for its 12th year and moves to a more scenic venue: Vinoy Park. Some familiar faces perform at the all-ages event along with a few newbs. Among the highlights are return headliner Bush, the UK post-grungy rock foursome led by Gavin Rossdale, who told CL in an August interview that the band’s 2011 album, The Sea of Memories, began as a way to cure his insomnia and depression at not doing what he loves most. And now that he’s back at it, “It’s just like a burning fire and that fire is the reason I began doing it. I love it.” Anthemic threesome fun. makes a triumphant NBT comeback with two blockbuster hits under their belts since last year’s performance, “Some Nights” and “We Are Young,” and an appropriate move to a later timeslot. Chicago’s melodic hardcore/punk outfit, Rise Against, is also noteworthy and brings some grind to the bill while shoegaze L.A. rockers Silversun Pickups comes with a fill-in for bassist Nikki Monninger, who’s getting ready to pop out twins. The festivities kick off with a performance by a local band as decided in the station’s popular Local Band Search — Teen Wolf-inspired punk rock foursome Wolf-Face.

Details: 97X Next Big Thing with Bush, Flogging Molly, fun., Rise Against, Silversun Pickups, Grouplove, Paper Tongues, The Joy Formidable, Twenty One Pilots and Wolf-Face. Sat., Dec. 1, 10 a.m., Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, $45 advance/$60 at the gate, 97xonline.com.

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