Coastline Festival - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach - November 10
The collective of today's finest purveyors of radio-friendly indie played their guts out at the inaugural Coastline Festival in West Palm Beach this weekend like it was the last show of the year because, for many, it actually was.
The young crowd dawned their finest Teen Vogue-approved festival gear and lapped up every act on the bill with delight. Two stages were set up in perfect synergy so as soon as Capital Cities finished up at the main stage, you could run and catch Surfer Blood's full set at stage two. No down time made for a long and exhausting day for those that muscled through without pausing for a "nap."
Kicking things off on Sunday was South African act St. Lucia whose tropical Hawaiian shirt pattern perfectly matched the tunes being cranked out. A true modern twist on '80s synthpop, you could feel the festival rising in intensity around them. Throw in a little sing-a-long for the drummer's birthday, and Coastline got up and running.
Right on time, on the main stage, Capital Cities brought more instruments out than musicians. They played their hits and even taught us the Capital Cities shuffle before covering the Bee Gee's "Stayin' Alive." Hopefully, you had somebody holding your spot in the craft beer line, because there was zero down time after their set till the end of the day.
The groove was good for homegrown boys Surfer Blood who proudly played songs from both albums to eager ears. Even though chances are good you saw at least one member at Respectable Street last week, it's still a treat to hear these West Palm rockers live. Lead singer John Paul Pitts let it be known that his parents were amongst the concert goers, right after completely joining the crowd during his "favorite song in the entire world," "Take It Easy."