III Points isn’t your average music festival. Well, if your average music festival includes meditation classes for when you’re feeling overwhelmed, a van where you can get your nails done while porn plays in the background, and a virtual reality experience that recreates what it’s like to walk on Mars, then, sure, you can categorize it as such.
In fact, when you mention the event, to leave off the art and technology aspect is almost a disservice to what makes it so intriguing. Both are just as essential to the tunes themselves. The makeshift three-day festival, which takes place in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood graffiti-lad art district, is described as a “homegrown festival born through global visions.” Installations were stationed on every corner, from a makeshift VHS video store to a school bus dotted with pink icons that concertgoers could watch shows on top of.
It’s a concert by the people, for the people. It was initially founded as a way to give local Miami’s artists, vendors, thinkers, doers, and idea people a place to release their art. “III Points was created as a home and voice for the ‘other’ Miami,” a description of the festival reads; the one that doesn’t involve South Beach, clubs, or sports cars.
And those who came out were just as eclectic as those on stage. The music devotees showed up, ready to rage, despite Hurricane Matthew temporarily dampening the mood and after LCD Soundsystem was forced to cancel. The shows still went on, most nights until 5am.
The festival is very much the Miami, typical festival antithesis. Where else would the artists be greeted by a care package filled with sage (which was used to cleanse every stage, by the way), incense, rolling papers, a joint, and accompanying matches? Or, see a drone that brings Method Man and Red Man a blunt on stage while they sing “How High”? One thing you will find that’s quintessential to the city: a shit ton of techno.
In between the EDM, house, and dubstep synths, were also performances by big names like Vince Staples, Cam’ron, and Flying Lotus. While guys made up a big chunk of the lineup, it was the ladies who commanded our attention throughout the three days (perhaps, because there were so few of them); many local, some foreign, all worth knowing. Check out some of our favorite standouts ahead.
Lanza’s most recent album is probably one of the most underrated releases of 2016. Pitchfork described the single “It Means I Love You” as “one of Lanza’s most openly inviting, delightful, and arresting pieces of music yet,” and the rest of the tracks fall in the same positive category.
The Canadian electronic multihyphenate sings with the emotion of Jessie Ware and FKA twigs, set to the background of haunting, always-catchy beats.