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III Points Festival (Finally) Drops 2017 Lineup with Gorillaz, The xx, and More

For it’s fifth consecutive year, the III Points Music, Art, and Technology Festival is taking over Miami once again this fall. The official dates are October 13th - 15th and it will take place in Wynwood, Miami. This fully immersive experience is set to include “lectures, labs, tech talks, music & gallery showcases” and more. If you think you’re ready for this life-changing festival, keep on reading.

The full lineup, released today by Billboard Dance, includes over 85 different performers and multiple stages. Headliners The xx, Gorillaz, Nicolas Jaar, Richie Hawtin, and Brian Eno's The Ship. Various other acts of different genres will also make an appearance, such as Bonobo, RUFUS DU SOL, Thundercat, Willow Smith, Lane 8, and Kelsey Lu.

Co-founders David Sinopoli and Erica Freshman have been working within the party scene of Miami for some time now. One of their goals with this festival is to open the doors for the city by encouraging new artists to play there. In the past, they were tested when they faced multiple challenges that they had to work to overcome, but that didn’t stop them from returning in 2017. Last year, Hurricane Matthew closed in on the Festival at one point and LCD Soundsystem even decided to cancel their set. Their hard work is paying off though because according to Sinopoli, “All of our passions to this project run really deep as far as our team and our partnership. It really put that on a test, and it almost felt like a weird rite of passage for us to get to this next level.”

Music isn’t the only thing that the festival focuses on bringing to the public, hence the name III Points. Art and technology are also of high importance and this year, the promoters are working on a few really exciting installations. First, a live presentation titled Close, that had its debut earlier this year at Coachella, will be brought to Miami. Created by Richie Hawtin, this exhibit uses multiple cameras to give viewers a very personal view of an artist at work. Additionally, Brian Eno’s The Ship is a sound-oriented installation that uses speakers installed in different parts of a room to give people a unique sound experience.

Overall, the co-founders are trying to keep this festival as rare and exciting as festivals get. With the sharp increase in the amount of different festivals in existence, Sinopoli and Freshman have to be constantly thinking of new ideas and adapting III Points to continue drawing attendees in. In the words of Sinopoli, the family aspect is also very important. “I think people feel when they come into the festival that it's a family, a tight-knit, small team that's putting on a very boutique but very impactful festival for the people that choose to go.”

For the full lineup, tickets, general information, and a countdown to the event, head on over to their official website!

Image Credit: Jason Koerner

H/T: Billboard