More people, more stages, more food and more music!
– review of day 4 of the festival (downtown West Palm Beach).
As always, Saturday brought in an expanded setup and a much larger crowd. There were also more vendors and prize giveaway booths than ever before, meaning that just about everyone was going around collecting all kinds of merch, from bandannas to umbrellas. The art installation got a bump as well, with some great collaborative art pieces and live mural painting taking shape. Even the food got upgraded with things such as a lovely little winery setup from Dark Horse, as well as more areas to sit down and eat, more chilling spots and more of just about every comfort.
The first half of the day was dominated by a heavy dose of reggae, as back-to-back sets from Stick Figure and Dirty Heads got everyone nice and mellow. At the same time, the newly opened Jet Blue stage was hosting Breaking Benjamin to provide a counterbalance or grungy rock n’ roll and early 2000’s nostalgia. Over on the floating sectors, DJs were keeping the party bumping with remarkable consistency – one could get three clubs worth of turned up over there, and plenty did.
After a brief break from the music, the evening sessions got started, as usual, with some rising local talent. Orlando artist Ryan Mckenzie delivered some excellent soft rock and vocals. Thoughtful tracks like Before the Light Shines and Run to You set the mood perfectly. It will be interesting to see this young artist’s career progress. His 30-minute show was followed by two other short sets from local rockers Rocket to Anywhere and indie chart topper Meresha, who sang some covers, such as an interesting rendition of The Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face as well her own hits like New Revolution.
Famed rock group Filter took the Tire Kingdom stage next to perform in front of the biggest crowd of the day until then. With a huge discography spanning two decades, they played a balanced selection of older and newer songs. From We Hate it When You Get What You Want to their famous Take a Picture, as well some quality shout out to American ideals, the band delivered a great show and engaged the audience.
Around 9, the last set of acts for the day got their start. Over at the Jet Blue Stage, former American Idol contestant Tori Kelly showcased why she has gone so much further than most who went through that show. Impeccable vocals on songs like Unbreakable Smile, Anyway and Dear No One kept the crowd cheering the entire time. It easily the best vocal act of the weekend.
Moving away to the middle stage, it was 3 Doors Down throwing down, however this act was somewhat diminished by the only real instance of sound bleed to be encountered during the festival. The reason for this, was that EDM mega-star Marshmello had started his set and was pushing the stage’s bass to the absolute limits. In what was easily the most elaborate set of the weekend, full of fires, lasers and bright rainbow visualizers, the (sorta) mysterious producer finished up the nice in storm of dance and lights. High-energy songs like Stand Up and a remix of OOkay’s Thief were interspersed with more mellow fare like Me Myself and I and Miss You. The set was a perfect way to end the day on a high note, as slightly dazed attendees filed out into the streets, not quite yet ready for another day.