Riptide Music Festival returned to Florida for the 4th year this past weekend. This year’s lineup looked promising, including names such as The Killers, The 1975, and The Band Camino. In addition to the music, concert-goers enjoyed a warm weekend on the beach, complete with art installations, interactive booths, and a diverse selection of food and beverages.
Day one of the festival kicked off on the Shipwrecked Stage with Swedish folk/pop group Smith & Thell. Shortly after, The Band Camino opened the Underground Stage with their hit song, “What I Want.” Vocalist Jeffrey Jordan made his way down the stage multiple times throughout the set, and at one point took pictures on a few lucky fans’ phones. The band has gained quite a following in the past year, which is no surprise after seeing their live performance. With a near perfect live sound, The Band Camino left a lasting impression for day one.
Following The Band Camino were White Reaper and Morgxn. Another favorite of the day, Morgxn’s indie-pop tunes filled the air with their vibrant sound. Fans watched in awe as the singer danced around in a bright pink fringe jacket. A few fans held up signs to show their appreciation for Morgxn’s ongoing message of acceptance and love.
Next up on the main stage was an acoustic performance from Matt Maeson, a captivating alt-pop performance from Shaed, and a stellar set from well-known alt-rock group Silversun Pickups.
One of the most unique features of Riptide was the fashion show held on the Underground Stage. Queer Eye’s Tan France hosted the show, which featured models showing off some stunning high-fashion outfits. Following the show, the next artist to take the Underground stage was K. Flay. From the start, her explosive energy demanded everyone’s attention. Her indie hip-hop sound was a great addition to the festival’s lineup.
As the sun set on Ft. Lauderdale beach, The Revivalists took the Shipwrecked stage and Judah & the Lion closed out the Underground Stage, both with lively performances. Shortly after, fans packed into the Shipwrecked stage for The 1975, a British alt-pop band with a massive and dedicated fan base. From the first song, the group wowed with their illuminated production and catchy experimental sound. The 1975 always puts on a memorable and lively show, and this was no exception. Vocalist Matty Healy passionately sang the songs as the background dancers danced flawlessly to the music behind him. The 1975’s live performance is a unique experience, and one even non-pop fans can appreciate.
Following the conclusion of The 1975’s set, almost everyone was gathered around the main stage for the final performance of the evening, The Killers. The band came out bursting with energy as they dove right into hit songs, including “Somebody Told Me,” “Shot at the Night,” and “When You Were Young.” A feel-good vibe fell over the festival as everyone enjoyed drinks and sang along to their favorite songs. One lucky young fan was even invited on stage to play drums for the song, “For Reasons Unknown.” After an extensive setlist, The Killers came back out for an encore to play none other than the infamous “Mr. Brightside.” The Killers were a perfect close to the first day of Riptide and left everyone excited for day two.
On Sunday festival-goers flocked back to the beach for the second day of Riptide Festival. Upon arriving at the gates, many were disappointed to hear that New Politics would not be performing. However, a set from Alex Dileo was added to open the Shipwrecked Stage. With just his beautiful vocals and an acoustic guitar, Dileo captured the attention of the early birds crowding into the main stage.
A large crowd gathered as I Don’t Know How But They Found Me took the Shipwrecked stage. Their 90s inspired aesthetic, unique sound, and energetic stage presence made them a stand-out performance for the weekend. The next artist on the Shipwrecked stage was Barnes Courtney, who came out in an eye-catching velvet suit and immediately engaged the crowd with his high energy. A father stood front row as his daughter sat on his shoulders, throwing the “rock on” hand signs into the air. Barnes Courtney’s timeless rock sound was a hit for festival-goers young and old.
Opening up the Underground Stage was Meg Myers, followed by Soul Asylum, Fuel, and Reel Big Fish. The diverse lineup across the Underground Stage offered something for fans of all genres to enjoy.
Switchfoot and Catfish & The Bottlemen both drew large crowds of dedicated fans to the Shipwrecked Stage. Switchfoot vocalist Jon Foreman engaged the crowd as he stood along the barricade and sang with the fans. Everyone sang along as they performed hit songs, including “Meant to Live” and “Dare You to Move.” Shortly after, Catfish & The Bottlemen came out bursting with energy. Dedicated fans jumped & cheered as they dove into “Longshot” and “Kathleen.” The entire band had a lively stage presence and kept the crowd excited all the way through their final song, “Cocoon.”
Despite a little rain, the crowd showed up for the final performance of the weekend, Jimmy Eat World. The band played hit songs from throughout their career thus far, such as “Pain,” “Hear You Me,” and “Love Never.” However no Jimmy Eat World set would be complete without an encore for their smash hit, “The Middle.” The crowd sang together one last time as Jimmy Eat World closed out Riptide 2019.
With such a diverse lineup, fun activities and photo opportunities, and more food and drinks than you can consume in a weekend, Riptide had it all. We can’t wait to get out toes in the sand next year for Riptide Music Festival 2020.