Miami’s III Points Festival Moves Again—With a Partially New Lineup

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Crowd shot from Tyler, the Creator's previous performance at III Points

A few months ago, with Florida’s coronavirus infections dipping after the initial surge in mid to late March, I spoke via phone with David Sinopoli and Erica Freshman, co-founders of Miami’s trailblazing III Points festival. They had recently announced the festival would be migrating to October 2020, and had been working tirelessly to preserve the fest’s headliners and most of the supporting acts.

Like many of us, they thought we’d have this pandemic under control by then. That said, my last question to the founders addressed the worst-case scenario: Are you planning on the possibility that October might not happen either—if for instance we get a second wave of the virus?

Sinopoli replied, “We need to be very cautious and follow the data and the local and state governments on what they’re allowing us to do. And if there is that chance that our gathering could cause a problem, or be unsafe for somebody, we’re going to plan to pack it up and do May of 2021. But Erica and I continue to hold hope.”

Unfortunately, that time has come. Ill-advised Smash Mouth concerts at biker rallies not withstanding, the world of live music has not returned to even a modicum of normality, and earlier this week III Points made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone once again—indeed to April 31 and May 1 of 2021.

The announcement came with a powerhouse lineup combining previously announced artists with brand-new ones. The Strokes and Wu-Tang Clan retain headlining status, joined this time by renowned Swedish EDM artist Eric Prydz. Artists from the scuttled October festival, including Kaytranada, Green Velvet, Yves Tumor, Ariel Pink and Bedouin, have confirmed for next spring; exciting additions to the lineup include the virtually uncategorizable dance trio Khraungbin, rap royalty Three 6 Mafia, DJ/fashion designer Virgin Abloh and psych-folk singer Devenda Banhart. At least five slots remain “blurred out,” with presumably more top acts to be announced later.

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It is arguably III Points’ most exciting lineup to date, and while it is frustrating to confront one postponement after another, at least Sinopoli and Freshman are managing to improve the lineup with each iteration.

“The work that has gone into moving a large scale production has been no small task, especially twice in one year, but our team, our partners and our city are extremely resilient and we know in our hearts that April 30 and May 1 will be a beautiful celebration of art and music,” the III Points organizers said, in a press release. “2020 has grounded us even deeper with appreciation and love for everyone who has supported III Points. No matter what the obstacles have been, we have always found a way to push forward with continually greater strength, fueled by the beautiful movement of music and art here in Miami.”

Tickets purchased for the 2020 III Points festivals will, of course, be honored next spring. To purchase new tickets, visit iiipoints.com.


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