Points III and the three rules for hosting a music festival [Event Review]

Points III and the three rules for hosting a music festival [Event Review]

It sucks when you wake up the next day at home after a music festival.

Imagine this.

You’ve coordinated with ideal friends to leave work early, what’s happening to see, and who will be the designated driver each night. Then you get there. Past security and entry, you begin to see stunning fashion that you won’t see anywhere else. You hear some of the smaller stages playing a song you’ve never heard before, but will catch up with you on day 2. You start exploring this multi-million dollar playground built for your looks.

As soon as you start dancing on the first set, time starts ticking. And then, you are at home in your bed. It’s finish. You’re in pain and you’re thinking about missing work tomorrow. The day after the music festival looks like a real loss. You knew it was a fleeting moment, but it felt like the biggest thing you’ve done this year. You saw your favorite musicians and artists in one place in a scenic location. And now you can’t go back.

That’s what an amazing music festival does. You’re depressed you’re still not there the next day.

That’s what III Points did last weekend.

Last Friday and Saturday, the music and arts festival pulled off its smoothest iteration in recent memory. It has to do with three key factors.

1.) Selection of artists

This year’s lineup was more heavily electronic than previous years. From big headliners to opening acts, many of III Points 2022’s musical talents have incorporated electronica into their art. For instance, LCD audio system headlining with divine renditions of hits from across their discography. From “Daft Punk Plays In My House” and James Murphy riffing on drums to a great take of “You Wanted a Hit”, each song had its rock edge intertwined with synthesized sounds. This similarity in soundscape allowed many of the diverse acts present to be more viscerally connected than previously thought.

The venue festival also made 11 different stages. This is how III Points was able to have a scene with Tycho with a niche at sunset, joji take bathroom breaks halfway through (jokingly), and Rosalie serving up an earth-shattering set, while also being able to catch techno legends like Orbitalproducers love Kenny Beatsand bands like Wife without getting lost in the literal noise. Even stages that were traditionally dedicated to one genre have suddenly been revamped and included artists of different styles. Saturday’s RC Cola stage certainly did that with a curated lineup of Black coffee which included himself, Busta Rimes, Moscoman, and more. They cannot normally meet at other festivals. But at III Points, these acts certainly do.

Meanwhile, game times have also been implemented brilliantly. For one thing, several stages, including the main stage known as Mind Melt, had quite large gaps between each set. This allowed a few things to happen. Festival-goers could roam freely anywhere with less anxiety about getting back in time for the next headliner. Meanwhile, the smaller stages had a chance to lure potential listeners in with some unexpected gems. Walking from the Mind Melt (main) stage to the RC Cola stage, there was a DJ set up near the bathrooms where the DJ was throwing the heaviest techno. This happened around noon on the first day of the festival and it may have been bad winter Where Generous B. Either way, bumping into a kind of seductive, focused vibe was the norm at III Points.

2.) Suppliers, utilities and activities

Apart from musical acts, III Points also outdid themselves in other departments. There was a large collection of food stations, merchandise and bars without worrying about long lines that might sacrifice time at one of the stops. Utilitarianly, the site also had a decent lavatory layout for general admission and VIPs, easy access to free water, and a clear presence of medical and military personnel. order.

At the activity level, this is where things get a little more interesting. There was a mini-replica of the downtown Miami cityscape. The inflatable model was just the right size to take great photos pretending to be Godzilla. There was also a limo parked in one of the only indoor sections of the festival. Around it were two bouncers, a red carpet and velvet rope barriers. Inside were a group of people having a great time laughing and smiling. I wasn’t sure if this was a special five-figure VIP option or if it was an art installation with very dedicated actors. Either way, it looked cool as hell.

But without doubt and by far the most amazing facet of the evening was the Skate Park. Next to the Mind Melt and Outer Space stages was the building complex called Mana Wynwood. There, III Points organized a roller skating rink with a DJ booth in the tower in the middle. They even had assistive devices for novices that looked like PVC walkers but on wheels. This allowed guests who had never skated but wanted to try their luck with a version of training wheels. It’s something I can’t think of at any other music festival.

3.) A little luck

Some elements of a good festival are beyond the control of the event organizers. They can swing in ways that can completely harm or ruin an event. In other cases, the conditions can ride so well that they elevate the experience from awesome to divine. Sometimes a little luck goes a long way.

For example, the weather was perfect. Miami’s famous humidity wasn’t going anywhere, but the temperature was cool mid-70s to low 60s (a South Florida rarity, even in late October). Past years have faced heavy rains or been canceled due to invading hurricanes. And while this iteration of III Points still got some rain, it felt like a drizzle that felt more refreshing than anything compared to the torrential downpour the previous year.

Meanwhile, the crowd was incredibly relaxed and friendly. Some music festivals can have hyper and immature audiences, especially when certain queues contribute to overcrowding and claustrophobia. None of these problems were III Point problems.

Two sets come to mind that highlight this. In sector 3, the Marias played a set that drew quite a crowd pouring into the streets on Day 1. But rather than huddle together, most fans found a comfortable spot, sipped their beers, and rocked out to their indie pop cadence . Meanwhile, Surmono ordered the Main Frame stage with a more robust and dense crowd. But even that crowd was easily navigated compared to other shows held in the same space over the years.

III Points is almost 10 years old at this point. It was born out of a community need to see the kind of acts you wouldn’t just see at Ultra Music Festival or Rolling Loud. Since then, it has become one of South Florida’s must-attend events and this year continues to reinforce that truth. With impeccable roster, superb organization and everything else falling in the right place, III Points probably had their best year yet.

See you next year.

All pictures of Adinaev

Gerald R. Schneider