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Nick Jonas performs his set during the third day of SunFest.

Nick Jonas performs his set during the third day of SunFest.

Haley Johnston

Haley Johnston

Nick Jonas performs his set during the third day of SunFest.

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Soaking in the sun, swaying to songs, and sweating through setlists: these are just a few of the compelling activities audiences took part in during South Florida’s most recent music festival, SunFest. The annual festival took place from Thursday, May 3 to Sunday, May 6. It was located along Flagler Rd. in West Palm Beach, with three stages set up throughout the day, and over 50 performers in various musical genres. Fans have been anticipating the shows since the lineup was released in late February. This year’s musical artists gave noteworthy performances with several different highlights.

 

Thursday: Logic

The American rapper sympathized with the crowd on a personal level during his set from 8:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. He brought a fan onstage during an older song titled “Under Pressure”, and later on spoke with a fan in the VIP section of the show. Logic performed his hits “Fade Away” and  “1-800-273-8255” as well as a new single titled “Everyday”, showing emotion throughout the entirety of his set.

Haley Johnston

 

Friday: Zedd

Lights dance with the music as smoke and pyrotechnics amazed the audience. Bass rumbles through the ground, plastic cups litter the lawn as people jump up and down, and mosh pits begin to form. Zedd, the German-American DJ, took the Ford Stage on May 4 in a set that hyped the crowd from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., with upbeat mixes of songs including his own songs “Clarity” and “Stay the Night”, and songs by other artists, such as “Rude” by Magic, and the classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.

 

Saturday: Grouplove

Guitar solos blasted from the JetBlue stage, and drew an audience to this set. The American alternative rock band kept the audience engaged in their performance from 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. with shout-outs and little anecdotes between the performance, and a casual stage presence. They performed a variety of songs both old and new, including their hit single “Tongue-Tied”, and the first song they wrote as a band: “Don’t Say Oh Well”, during which the crowd swayed with smiles on their faces.

Haley Johnston

 

Saturday: Nitebox

Nite Box opened their set with a cover of MGMT’s “Fated To Pretend” at the Tire Kingdom stage. The crowd consisted of a majority of teenagers, but the band attracted more and more people throughout the set from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Even through the drummer was feeling sick on stage, the band kept their energy high and crowd interactions consistent. The performance was impressive for a student band here at Dreyfoos, and gave festival attendees a new artist to listen, ending with their new single “Those Days”.

Haley Johnston

 

Saturday: Nick Jonas

Jonas performed at the Tire Kingdom stage from 9:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. The former member of the Jonas Brothers Band started the show with some of his most popular songs of his solo career. He later gave the crowd a pleasant surprise by bringing his older brother Joe Jonas, who would be performing the following day, on stage to sing the song “Love Bug”. The surprises didn’t end there as he later performed his hit song from “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam”: “Introducing Me”. Jonas ended the show with some of his most well-known songs including “Levels” and “Jealous”.

Haley Johnston

 

Sunday: DNCE

The Jonas Brothers fever rolled over into Sunday at the JetBlue Stage, from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m., as Joe Jonas’ band hit the stage. The performance featured high-energy jumps, screams, and dance moves. The music mostly consisted of feel-good, groovy tunes such as “ToothBrush”, “Cake by the Ocean”, and a cover of “No Scrubs” by TNC. Further engaging the crowd, the band threw homemade T-shirts out to fans. Nick Jonas was spotted supporting his brother from the crowd as he danced and sang along with the tunes.

Anamaria Navarrete

 

Sunday: Pitbull

Hands waved in the air as different Latin anthems boosted the energy of the crowd. Hundreds gathered at the Ford stage from 7:30 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. to dance and jump to the songs. The Cuban-American artist kept the show entertaining with various light and smoke features throughout his set and backup dancers moving to every one of his hits. The crowd enjoyed the performance, with “Mr.Worldwide” interjecting inspirational lines such as “any day above ground is a good one” between songs.

Haley Johnston

 

As fireworks marked the end of the festival on Sunday night by the Waterfront, crowds settled and the night life of Clematis returned. South Florida’s residents await next year’s lineup with anticipation, and another year of “sunfestivities” with excitement.

 

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