SunFest – West Palm Beach, FL – 5.4.18
After experiencing day 1 of SunFest, I was ready to embrace another day of the music and arts festival. Friday was another half-day, with doors opening at 5 p.m., and music starting at 6. Florida natives Brother Sundance kicked things off on the Tire Kingdom stage and warmed up the early crowd. You may recognize their name, as we’ve covered them before at the Riptide Music Festival down in Fort Lauderdale. The group has really improved their performance since then, and know how to put on a show even more than the time we saw them last. They played new and old songs, including a new rendition of their hit “Blind,” which was extremely catchy and lit up the crowd. You’re going to want to keep an eye out for this band, their ethic and evolving sound is starting to catch the public’s attention – don’t miss out.
Dreamers hopped on stage – literally, lead vocalist Nick Wold jumped to center stage – and the crowd roared. This is another group that is quickly gaining momentum in the scene. Dreamers have been dominating festivals and supporting bands like New Politics and The Maine on previous tours. The trio have been around for sometime now, and people really showed up for them on Friday. They opened with “Wolves (You Got Me),” and later performed fan favorites “Cry Out For Me,” and “Painkiller.” I made it back to the Tire Kingdom stage at the tail end of their performance as the first riff from their hit “Sweet Disaster” filled the air. Everyone was off of their feet with a smile on their face as they sang along to the summer track. Clearly, Dreamers were the perfect fit leading up to Incubus, who were up next on that very stage.
For the first time all day, I went over to the Ford stage for a change of pace in genre. Olivia O’Brien performed a laid back, soothing set, which was also her first US festival. A bunch of girls on the front row were die-hard fans, singing with O’Brien without skipping a beat. While it may not be my favorite type of music, she sang perfectly, even better than her songs sound recorded. Everybody sang along once she performed her hit “i hate u, i love u,” which dominated radio waves late last year.
Concert-goers got to close out their Friday night with Zedd, the EDM artist who keeps pumping out hit after hit. His set began with fireworks, sending the thousands who showed up for him into a frenzy. The crowd jumped in unison, making the ground shake simultaneously with the flashing lasers and fog. As if fireworks weren’t enough, pyro, confetti, and smoke were introduced throughout the set, creating a visual masterpiece. He performed snippets of his hits, like “Stay,” “Break Free,” “Clarity,” and his current Top 40 charter, “The Middle.” The hour and a half long set helped thousands kick off their weekend on a high note.