SunFest – West Palm Beach, FL – 5.3.18

SunFest – Day 1
West Palm Beach, FL – 5.3.18
Photos by Alex Liscio

SunFest, Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival, has been going strong since 1982. Since this year was my first to attend, I had no idea what to expect, but I was excited to finally be apart of the madness. The weekend had artists booked for everyone’s tastes, and hundreds were ready for a weekend full of great music and art. SunFest’s opening night began at 5 p.m. sharp Thursday, with performances from LogicBilly Idol, Girl Talk, and more in store.

The first band I got to see was LA-based Sir Sly. The trio have been making their rounds this festival season, performing emotional sets full of their best tracks. Sir Sly opened the JetBlue stage at 6:45, playing for an hour into the sunset. Even though the band played the stage that was furthest away, they generated a crowd that continued to grow as their set progressed. “Altar,” “&Run,” and “High” were staples in the band’s set, and the crowd sang in unison with vocalist Landon Jacobs.

Up next, the iconic Billy Idol took the Tire Kingdom stage by storm, where he closed the stage out with die-hard fans as far as the eye could see. Idol is also no stranger to festival’s this season, as he performed Welcome To Rockville the previous weekend, and had Carolina Rebellion just a few days after SunFest. With that being said, it’s obvious that his set was packed full of fan favorites. The set opened with “Shock to the System,” immediately getting fans off their feet, while simultaneously cheering.  Idol and his band interacted with each other and the fans, causing the audience to roar in excitement. As if the crowd couldn’t get rowdier, Idol then stripped himself of his shirt and sent nearly everyone into a frenzy. The performance was full of energy and made for a memorable experience for those who had waited for Idol since doors opened.

Closing out the first day of SunFest was none other than Logic. The rapper has been dominating airwaves since last year with his own tracks and on features. The last time I saw Logic perform was at Jingle Ball, and he owned the stage then. Obviously, nothing has changed except for the crowd size, which extended halfway to the second stage. Logic closed out the festival on the Ford stage, ending his performance at 10 p.m. He interacted with the crowd, brought a teenager on stage to rap with him (his name is Leo and he killed it), and created a safe space for his diehard fans. Needless to say, Logic set the bar high for the remaining days of SunFest, as his energy and positivity was so infectious it brought a smile to everyone’s face in the crowd.