How a Music Festival Managed a Serious Attendance Boom
Miami's III Points Festival switched venues to accommodate its 14,000 attendees.
III Points Festival, only in its second year, has developed a niche with its unique blend of art, technology, and music. The proof? About 14,000 came to the Wynwood festival October 10 to 12, a serious boom in attendance from the 3,000 attendees its first year.
Festival co-founder Erica Freshman and her team were prepared for the spike and evolved their vision for the festival's second installment. This year, III Points incorporated more venues for its event schedule, as well as adopted a new home base, Soho Studios.
"We envisioned the festival to be malleable," Freshman said. "We wanted to stretch our imagination and not be tied to one location. This year Soho Studios felt like the right choice, with multiple areas for staging, while still offering the warehouse atmosphere."
More than 80 musicians, a dozen artists, and 50 activations drew visitors to the hot Miami arts district. Headliners included returning DJs Jamie xx and Jacques Greene, along with Lykke Li, Flying Lotus, Duke Dumont, Hot Natured, Kaytranada, Cashmere Cat, Metronomy, and Chet Faker.
Upon entry, guests walked through a courtyard with psychedelic, futuristic art installations curated by Design Build Collective's Stephan Shaw. Standout production elements inside the venue included a larger-than-life disco ball at the festival's Mainframe stage, courtesy of the Adrienne Arsht Center, lighting and III Points projections by Everlast Productions and Jason Boogie AV8, and, new this year, a custom roller-skating rink, complete with skate rentals.
The festival also added familiar food vendors such as Shake Shack, Pinkberry—which offered stage-side frozen yogurt delivery—Panther Coffee, and Coconut Cartel, which served cocktails in coconuts. "We wanted brands that reflect the essence of III Points [and] were comfortable to be a vendor within an art installation," Freshman said.
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