By Patrick Skidmore
As we previewed earlier this month, the Sunset Music Festival happened Memorial Day weekend in Tampa. Minimal clothing wasn’t just a fashion statement this year but more of a necessity, as temperatures reached the upper 90s for both days of the festival. That didn’t seem to hinder the success of the show as approximately 25,000 fans packed the area around Raymond James Stadium on both days. Overheated fans were sprayed with water hoses throughout the day to cool them and those who were able to make it through the brutal heat were treated to two days of great music. A cashless purchasing system at the festival went down causing some headaches for festival goers, but the problem was fixed and fans were able to continue using their bands to pay for items.
Fans were able to navigate between three stages to see acts spread out through the day. On day one fans who were able to endure the heat were able to see Denver area based ILLENIUM, whose 2018 appearance at Sunset Music Festival was cancelled due to weather. The night was capped with an energetic set by Grammy Award-winner ZEDD whose music and light shows always have a way of impressing his fans. Fans who survived the festivities Saturday and were ready to tackle Sunday were treated to sets from Zed’s Dead, Alison Wonderland, and Dog Blood, a collaboration between Skrillex and Boys Noize. With the success of the show I would be surprised if the annual festival doesn’t continue to grow and next year bring more world renowned acts to the area.