Awright! It's totally time for another majorly cool winter music festival to wash up on South Florida's shores. But unlike some other winter beach parties catering to the artsy trend-hoppers south of the county line, this one's got a different location and a way gnarlier vibe. It's Riptide, dude!
Just as Miami gears up for Art Basel, the Riptide Music Festival will take over Fort Lauderdale Beach December 2 and 3, and the initial lineup for the two-day party was just announced.
Saturday will be headlined by the lords of the beach, the kings of the so-uncool-it's-cool, the Beverly Hills-wannabes themselves: Weezer. That's right, Rivers Cuomo will be there to ask the crowd "Do You Wanna Get High?" Say it ain't so! Also performing will be alt-rock radio standbys Cage the Elephant and Portugal the Man (which New Times interviewed the last time the band blew into town).
Sunday, things will get a bit more retro. KC & the Sunshine Band will headline, while Tito Puente Jr. and Loverboy will also perform. Salt-N-Pepa will be on hand to "Push It" in a more hip-hop direction. Two other "major acts" will also be announced soon, according to festival organizers.
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Basically, Riptide is gonna take you back to the '90s whether you like it or not. (You're gonna like it.)
Tickets start at $60 for one-day passes and $100 for two-day, which is surprisingly economical for such a totally radical lineup. Admission also gets you access to other fun festival amenities, such as art installations, a sports bar, a wine garden, an animated photo booth, free samples, snacks, and giveaways, and even (OMG) a puppy kissing both. Tubular.
VIP tickets cost $229 for one day and $400 for both. That'll nab you access to a special entrance, a stage-adjacent VIP area, air-conditioned restrooms, two complimentary drink tickets, and free bottled water all day. The fest also offers ten-person cabanas with even more amenities for a cool $5,000 apiece. Wicked.
Riptide Music Festival. With Weezer, Cage the Elephant, and others. Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3, at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; riptidefest.com. General-admission tickets cost $60 for one day and $100 for two and are available at riptidefest.com.