To be honest this is the first year that I’d heard about III Points Festival, but thanks to some of the generous contributors to one of the many pointless group chats that I have muted on my phone, in a few short weeks I’ll be headed to Miami for a well curated weekend of good music. After being disappointed by my lack of awareness about this remarkable event, I thought it might be a good idea to tell more people about it, so here it goes.
This year’s annual III Points Festival will take place February 15-17, 2019 in Miami, FL. From their website: “III Points is an alternative music festival in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. The festival, which was founded by four friends in 2013, arose as a means to represent and unite our unique, diverse south Florida community. III Points is a platform that showcases Miami’s up and coming music acts, along with local artists from many disciplines, by placing them alongside the greatest musical and artistic minds in the world.”
This year’s lineup does not disappoint, featuring an impressive selection of headliners on all three days of the festival: Tyler, the Creator / Beach House on Friday, SZA / James Blake / Herbie Hancock on Saturday, and A$AP Rocky / Erykah Badu on Sunday. This short list doesn’t do justice to the expanse of notable acts on the lineup, including The Internet, Peggy Gou, Pussy Riot, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Blood Orange, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor to name a few.
As I mentioned before, I was partially inspired to attend after some friends of mine had expressed interest in the festival, so of course I had to ask them who they were most excited to see. Some names that arose: DJ Koze, DJ Seinfeld, Ben UFO, Jacques Greene, John Maus, Mall Grab, and David August. Personally I’m excited to visit Miami for the first time, especially during what has been a disturbingly mild but still persistently inconvenient Michigan winter. On top of that, a few of the acts that caught my attention include: Toro Y Moi, JPEGMAFIA, Yaeji, Masego, DJ Stingray, and Egyptian Lover.
I’ve also tried to check out some of the artists that I’m familiar with, and I was especially excited about one in particular: Channel Tres, whose track “Top Down” is an infectious mix of trap inspirations and techno sensibilities that’s been a hit with anyone that I’ve played it for in my car in the past month or so.
In short, don’t take my word for it, check out the lineup and book a ticket to Miami ASAP. Hope to see you there!