TWO YEARS AFTER BEING SIDELINED BY the coronavirus pandemic, Sun-Fest is set to rock the waterfront.
Billed as Florida’s largest music, arts and waterfront festival, the festival along the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach returns April 28-May 1 for four days of music, art, of food – and maybe just a little alcohol.
Some of the performers, like Melissa Etheridge and Goo Goo Dolls, have been drawing audiences for decades.
Others, like R&B singer Alex Mali and Australian band Selfish Sons, are ripe for discovery.
National headliners scheduled to perform on Ford, Ideal Nutrition and LaBovick Law Group stages include:
¦ April 28 – Sam Hunt, Goo Goo Dolls, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Kidd G, Colony House and flipturn
¦ April 29 — Slightly Stoopid, Counting Crows, Polo G, The Main Squeeze, Fancy Hagood and seeyousoon
¦ April 30 — Lil Wayne, Brett Young, Adam Lambert, Chase Atlantic, Melissa Etheridge, Justin Quiles, Justus Bennetts, Elena Rose, Levi Hummon, DE’WAYNE, Bre Kennedy and Selfish Sons
¦ 1st May — AJR, Black Pumas, LANY, Nelly, SOJA, Boyz II Men, Spencer Sutherland, Mihali, Artikal Sound System, Ric Wilson and Alex Mali.
“We are thrilled to bring the music back to the waterfront and to be in person with our friends at a festival that is central to the stories and memories of so many,” said SunFest Executive Director, Paul Jamieson, in a statement. “In 2022, we are showcasing national and local artists who appeal across generations and musical tastes. SunFest has become a unique time of year that brings together people from all walks of life and of all ages in the perfect setting. For many people, SunFest is more than an event, it’s a state of mind.
Founded in 1982, SunFest is produced by SunFest of Palm Beach County Inc., a private 501(c)3. The non-profit organization consists of a 23-member board of directors; 25 committees; more than 2,800 volunteers; a full-time, year-round staff of four; and approximately 80 corporate sponsors. SunFest is funded in part by the Palm Beach County Tourism Development Board through the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. SunFest is also sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
Additionally, SunFest is partnering with 1909 to spotlight new local artists performing at the festival this year. Area artists performing at SunFest 2022 include the following artists: American Sigh, Andrew Morris, Chris Pierce, Citizen Badger, Crush Company, iDiaz, Indigo Dreamers, Joey Calderaio Band, Matt Brown, Public Sounds, Rogue Theory, Sko Gudiño and Topless in Tokyo.
“There is a very vibrant local music scene in Palm Beach County, and we are proud to be able to offer our neighbors the opportunity to perform at SunFest 2022,” said Jamieson. “Build time into your festival plans to discover these bands and support their efforts to create original music.”
A full list of artists and schedule can be found online at www.sunfest.com/ line up.
On April 29, the festivities begin with the TGi5K. Runners receive admission to the Friday festival, a t-shirt, medals and a post-race beer for $60. Register on www.sunfest.com/tgi5k.
SunFest’s music may attract attention, but as it was in the beginning, SunFest is also about art.
Open every four days, the Art District hosted by the Armory Art Center is a hub of artistic expression and activity. Add a personal touch to huge chalkboard and mobile mural creations or leave it to professionals who include world-class graffiti artists to paint massive canvases live. Clients become art with henna tattoo artists, pixie hairdressers, and more.
The Arts District also features a market of dozens of artist vendors selling fine art, Boho clothing and jewelry, upcycled handbags, and functional art.
It wouldn’t be SunFest without a little booze. Floating bars will return, along with the festival’s most popular dance spots. Captain Morgan is working on an updated atmosphere and specialized libations for these SunFest venues. (You must be 21 or older to visit the floating bars.)
Food will also be available, with three restaurants offering over 115 items.
And, yes, there will be fireworks. The display will take place on the Intracoastal on Sunday, May 1, after the final acts at 9 p.m. ¦