First Coastline Festival is a Huge Success

By Taylor Crehan, West Broward High
3:46 p.m. EST, November 14, 2013

On a bright, sunny Sunday afternoon, hundreds of indie music lovers clad in their best hipster attire watched eagerly as band after band performed at the Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach for the first-ever Coastline Festival.
With two stages set up and several food trucks lined up in the adjacent parking lot, attendees could munch on goodies from local vendors such as B.C. Tacos (which served up some great chips and salsa) while listening to some chill tunes.

The first act of the day, Kids, whose members hail from West Palm, brought some impressive lyrics and guitar riffs to the smaller stage. Following them was Civilian, whose chill sound created a calming atmosphere.

The first act on the main stage, The Mowgli’s, who originated in southern California, had tons of energy and belted out their best known song, “San Francisco” with such passion that they truly got the crowd going and set the mood for the rest of the day. Capital Cities was next, and delivered a truly amazing performance. Their debut album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery is filled with both synthesizers and saxophone, but when they performed they amped up the sax, proving their vocal talent without the need of electronics.

After Capital Cities wowed the crowd with my personal favorite “Kangaroo Court,” another local band, Surfer Blood, played impressively, lead singer John Paul Pitts delivered head-bopping melodies like “Floating Vibes” all while looking cool and collected in a pair of Ray Bans and a Hawaiian shirt.

Back on the main stage, indie soul rockers Fitz and the Tantrums gave an amazing performance, the first band that really made the audience get up and dance. They engaged with the audience, belting out hit songs like “Out Of My League.”

About halfway through the festival, Los Angeles crooners The Neighbourhood, set up on the smaller stage, gave an energetic performance with their mellow, dark pop sound. Despite the fact that some small sound problems made it difficult to hear, the lead singer Jesse Rutherford still managed to serenade the audience with their hit “Sweater Weather.”

Moving along, indie pop duo Matt & Kim engaged the audience with their upbeat personalities just as the sun was setting. Arguably giving the best overall performance of the day, the real life couple had the audience in the palm of their hands as they sang crowd favorites like “Daylight” and “Let’s Go.” Releasing balloons into the audience and dancing to rap in between songs, Matt & Kim were tons of fun and totally memorable.

With an hour break in-between the last small stage act of the day and Two Door Cinema Club, concert goers had a chance to grab dinner and make way to their seats just in time. The quality of the dishes made up for the long lines. When it was time for the two main acts of the entire festival, the crowd could barely contain their excitement.

When Irish alternative band Two Door Cinema Club finally came on, they imminently began playing last summer’s hit “Sleep Alone,” complete with flawless guitar riffs and interesting background lighting. They went on to perform their newest single “Changing of the Seasons” so perfectly that it sounded better than the studio version. Alex Trimble, the band’s lead singer, delivered smooth lyrics while performing old favorites like “What you Know” and “Something Good Can Work” from their debut album Tourist History.

Finally, after a half hour intermission, Passion Pit appeared on stage and wowed the crowd with the upbeat hits like “Carried Away” and “Take a Walk.” Accompanied by dazzling light displays, lead singer Michael Angelakos had attendees jumping and dancing under the stars. His performance was a great way to end the night.

Overall, the inaugural Coastline Festival was a hit. The acts did wonderful, all proving their immense talent. Despite minor setbacks like lengthy food lines and sound problems on the smaller stage, expect a second festival next in 2014.