If you want an awesome festival built around art, music and technology, then Miami’s iii Points Festival is the place to go, according to Billboard.
Just some of the many acts featured will be Gorillaz, The xx and Brian Eno’s The Ship, which is an audio installation. Other acts include Nicolas Jaar, Bonobo, Richie Hawtin, Kaytranada and Skepta, plus many others . Now unless you have been living under a rock, you know that from a new album, to a T.V. show in the works, to planning their first North American tour in six years, that Gorillaz are back with a bang. The xx will also be hitting the road this summer on tour, so if you won’t be at this awesome festival, go catch them on the road.
The festival is thankful that last year’s close-call with Hurricane Matthew, followed by a cancellation by last year’s biggest headliner LCD Soundsystem, did not destroy the chance to run the festival again. As talent booker for Bardot, the festival’s talent booker and co-founder Paul Sinopoli spent many years starting to build relationships with artists, managers, and agencies in order to land some of the more elusive alternative acts in music.
This is not just about music though, because art and technology must also play a large part in the evolution of this unique music festival. Just last year, NASA teamed up with the festival to put on a 2030 Mars VR experience, which contributed to an overall push toward more large-scale installations (such as Mr. Eno’s appearance at the festival). This year, Reyes says there is even more up his sleeve.
The whole point of this festival is connection. It’s about exploring the relationship between music, art, and technology and how each field interacts with and influences the others. You can be assured that missing this festival is something you want to avoid!
Musically, the festival is a strong mix of genres, from electronic artists like Kaytranada and Richie Hawtin to hip-hop emcees like Danny Brown and Lil B and even a little indie rock from groups like Melody’s Echo Chamber.
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