III Points will be making its long-awaited return to MANA Wynwood for its sixth incarnation after moving the festival last year from its usual October date to avoid the always unpredictable hurricane season and close weather calls. With an eclectic lineup filled with huge names and local favorites, I’ve rounded up some can’t-miss acts with our III Points music guide to help out with planning your festival schedule.
The Headliners: Headlining this year’s festival are Tyler, the Creator, SZA, A$AP Rocky and Erykah Badu. Some big names in music who are an obvious can’t miss during the festival.
Beach House: After the release of the critically acclaimed 7, we can only expect to have ourselves transported into the dreamy pop world of one of indie music’s darlings.
Blood Orange: Dev Hynes has a reputation of being one of the most prolific producers and songwriters with his smooth R&B beats laced with electronic funk that will definitely be a treat for festival-goers to experience.
Pussy Riot: One of the biggest surprises on the lineup, the politically charged Pussy Riot, will be taking the stage at this year’s festival and I can only wait and see what these feminist protest punk rockers have in store.
Yaeji: Korean-American electronic artist Yaeji is a star on the rise and will bring her soft electronica that blends styles of house music and hip-hop with soft, mellow lyrics that are either in English or Korean.
Khruangbin: Psychedelic instrumental rock trio Khruangbin are a name to keep an eye on. Their genre-bending sounds and tight composition have garnered them a wide range of fans and will surely be a unique experience for listeners.
James Blake: I’m still riding the high from a few Art Basels back when the III Points team brought the heartbreakingly beautiful British multi-instrumentalist and he’s back this year hot on the heels of an epic album release.
Herbie Hancock: This one is an absolute can’t-miss. Not only is he a jazz legend, but he is also one of the very first artists to record an album on synthesizers–a musical pioneer that about 99% of the artists on the lineup wouldn’t exist without.
Twelve’len: One of Miami’s musical prodigies, Twelve’len, who grew up in Carol City, has shaken up the music scene with his mix of R&B and rock to create a unique sound that has catapulted him into the spotlight and is no stranger to the III Points stage.
Sister System: Alexis Sosa-Toro, better known as Sister System, will be making her III Points debut. A main figure in the DIY scene in Miami, she has produced and performed at some of Miami’s most exciting underground events.
Plastic Pinks: Garage rockers, Plastic Pinks, have been playing some big stages in addition to III Points and are guaranteed to bring their grit and garage rock vibes.
JAIALAI: JAIALAI’s psych rock vibe blended with the sounds from their Hispanic roots are a reflection of the Miami rock scene and will be making their return to the III Points stage.
Millionyoung: Miami’s Millionyoung creates dreamy soundscapes with a combination of acoustic instruments and electronic 80s synth sounds and will perform a DJ set at the festival this year.
Cover photo for VIES Magazine by Daniel W Young.