Sunset Music Festival Brilliance

Tampa stepped up its EDM game with an explosive Sunset Music Festival over Memorial Day Weekend! Just when you think SMF couldn’t get any better than last year, this year’s festival came around and one-up’d itself. Yes, the lineup was worthy of obsession, but the fans are what pushed the status over the top into the “mind-blown” category.
Costumes, totems, and edm love were the trends among the flashing lights and pyro lit stages. Dancers on stilts and Brazilian beauties added a neon flare to the performances. You also couldn’t help but look up at the incredible stage designs as they cascaded across the sky over the crowd.

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Saturday, May 28th started off right with Lauren Flaxx, Grammy award winner CID, Audien and REZZ. Shaun Frank surprised the crowd with Delaney Jane who sang along to “LA LA LAND” and “Shades of Grey”. J. Phlip and Mija set the tone at the Horizon Stage for closers Justin Martin and Claude VonStroke; while over at the Eclipse Stage Tritonal, Ferry Corsten and Seven Lions played through the night. Sunset Main Stage was alive as fans partied to hits like “Peanut Butter Jelly” by Galantis and “Run Wild” by Hardwell.

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Sunday, May 29 was grandiose with artists like Christian Alexander, John Anthony, and Liquid Todd pumping everyone up at the mainstage. Claptone and Jai Wolf rocked the Horizon Stage; and Sam Feldt had the crowd chanting, “One more song! One more song!” after he played “Show Me Love.” Marshmello, of course, had his mello gang front and center showing their edm love. Cash Cash, Jauz and Jack U reigned in as festival top artists. And lastly, no one could stop talking about The Chainsmokers, or maybe I should say, singing. You could hear thousands upon thousands of people screaming every lyric to every track The Chainsmokers played. There is no denying that duo has a spot, and a song, in everyone’s heart.

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One of the newer features I saw was the Bud Light Lime putting green- so cool! Interactive activities make for a more personal experience. Everything flowed so perfectly; from the offsite early check-in amenity, to the convenient layout of the grounds, and the seamless transition between artists. Even parking was a breeze! There literally was not one feature overlooked. Disco Donnie Presents and Sunset Events really outdid themselves with Sunset Music Festival. It was truly one of Women of EDM’s favorite experiences and we agree with what everyone was talking about as they exited Raymond James: Can you guys create another Tampa festival soon? Once a year is just not enough!

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