Every year, the III Points line-up gets even more extensive and impressive than the last. The festival, whose age is only in the single digits, ranks amongst Coachella and Lollapalooza by boasting big-name headliners and boosting newcomers, both local and international.
Whether you’re a first-time attendee or an avid III Points attendee, the sheer scale of it all may be a little overwhelming. So, here’s our list for the 10 must-see acts at this year’s III Points (in no particular order):
Crossing the Atlantic for the festival, London-based pop producer SOPHIE has been mastering the electronic scene for years, working with acts like Charli XCX and helming plenty of PC Music label projects. Yet it was the singles leading up to his debut EP Product that recognized his solo power, which churned out the rave-ready, bubblegum sound of songs like “VYZEE” alongside more hardcore, stuttering tracks like “HARD” and “MSMSMSM.”
Set time: 2:20-3:20 a.m., Friday entry
If you’re a South Florida local, you’ll be stoked to know that Lautlos hails from Pembroke Pines. The producer specializes in downtempo electronic music with chill-hop and ambient influences. His Soundcloud releases, appropriately tagged with “turndownforLautlos,” are spacey and even otherworldly, taking listeners for the chilliest ride of their lives.
Set time: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday entry
Canada’s impressive alt-pop scene has given us greats like Grimes and Purity Ring, and of course, we can thank Ontario for the long-active Jessy Lanza. Infusing a bit of funk and dance-pop into her primarily synth-pop sound, she’s a pro at working synths and drum machines to hit the pleasure pop spot.
Set time: 5:50-6:35 p.m., Sunday entry
Thee Oh Sees
Sometimes, you’ll need some good garage rock to break you out of a shuffling-induced rave trance – Thee Oh Sees is here to help. Armed with unclean guitars and unhinged vocals, the late ‘90s four-piece recently released their latest album, A Weird Exits, which is just as riotous and raucous as any enthused push pitter would want it to be.
Set time: 1-2 a.m., Saturday entry
Little Simz – an actress, singer, and rapper from the United Kingdom – is gracing the III Points stage with her self-described “experimental” rap repertoire. Having performed alongside the likes of Estelle and Tinie Tempah, Little Simz has made herself loud and clear: With big beats and a distinct, energetic flow, she’ll quickly make her way up the rap ranks in the U.K., the U.S., and abroad.
Set time: 7:15-8 p.m., Saturday entry
Although Ta-ku, an Australian producer, has been active since 2008, his debut live show was at New York’s MoMA PS1. Now, he’s travelling to III Points to bring his beautiful instrumental hip-hop and R&B, laden with pianos and intricate strings. Between his debut EP, Songs To Break Up To, and its follow-up, Songs To Make Up To, Ta-ku provides a swelling soundtrack to everyday emotion.
Set time: 10:45-11:45 p.m., Saturday entry
By Carina Vo