Riptide Music Festival bills itself as the "biggest two-day alternative and classic hits music festival to ever land on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale." It not only takes advantage of the beach but is also bringing a lineup impressive enough to keep our eyes off those tan lines.
Here are the ten acts we're most excited to see at Riptide.
When this Los Angeles indie-rock band played Culture Room in January, we said the show deserved consideration for the best South Florida concert of 2016. With a return engagement on Saturday, the quartet — which brings American angst to British shoegazing — has a chance to do even better.
The Athens, Georgia, new wavers are celebrating their 40th year as a band. Their hits like "Love Shack" and "Rock Lobster" have aged as gracefully as their fashion sense. Try not to shimmy as singers Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson scream, "Roam, if you want to/Roam around the world" — I double-dog dare you.
Neither a misspelling nor a solo artist, Miike Snow is a Swedish indie-pop trio that loves playing South Florida. After Ultra Music Festival and a May gig at Faena Theater in Miami Beach, this is its third South Florida date of the year, and with hits like "Animal" the group never fails to inspire.
Earth Wind & Fire
It's been a tough year for this classic soul band. Its founder, Maurice White, passed away in February. The current iteration performs all of its classic funky tracks, from "Let's Groove" to "Boogie Wonderland."
This Miami legend will help you time travel back to your rollerskating days when she sings bassalicious, booty-shaking favorites like “When I Hear Music” and “Lookout Weekend.” She's been covered by Gwen Stefani and sampled by Pitbull, but now you have a chance to see the real thing.
The Huntington Beach, California, band has developed a cult following for its infectious live shows that mix hip-hop, ska, rock, and pop. In an interview with the New Times a few years ago, Dirty Heads' frontman, Duddy, said Florida brings out the best in the group's music. "It's rough with the weather and humidity sometimes, but it's beautiful. The fans down there are always really good."
The British quartet has a hard-on for classic and glam rock. Its influences include Aerosmith, Def Leppard, and, more recently, the Libertines. The Struts' show has impressed none other than Guns N' Roses, which hand-picked the band as openers on its 2016 tour.
A Flock of Seagulls
It's a toss-up whether this British synth-pop band is best known for the 1982 smash "I Ran (So Far Away)" or singer Mike Score's bizarre hairstyle. While the hairline has long since receded, that song, with its addictive chorus of "And I run/ I run so far away/ got to get away," is as danceable as ever.
The L.A.-based electronic rock band broke into the Top 20 with its 2015 sophomore album, Run. Singer Aaron Bruno, though, says the group is working on new music that will change format slightly. The songs will be less electronic and more guitar-driven. Awolnation's Saturday slot will give fans a chance to check out this new direction.
Fort Lauderdale Beach
The sea, sand, and sunshine shouldn't exactly be treated like chopped liver. People travel from all over the world to bask on Fort Lauderdale Beach. At Riptide Music Festival, you can do the same while listening to a premium live soundtrack.
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