III Points 2014: Winners & Losers

III Points 2014: Winners & Losers
Photo by Alex Markow

Looking back at last weekend, the second-ever III Points was a real big winner.

It was bigger and more ambitious than its predecessor. Attendance was up -- way up. The move to Soho Studios was the right one. And between Shake Shack, La Latina, and Panther Coffee providing festival-goers with food and drink, there was no reason to ever leave the grounds. (And unlike almost any other festival, III Points 2014 had a very liberal in-and-out policy -- which is a good thing, if you ask me.)

Still some people and things were "winning" bigger than others. And, well, there were some losers in this batch too. So let's look back at III Points and break it down for you.

See also: III Points 2014: Miami New Times' Complete Coverage

Thank you, Tiga, for a DJ set that didn't suck.
Thank you, Tiga, for a DJ set that didn't suck.
Photo by Ian Witlen/theCameraClicks.com

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Let us start with the winners ...

1. DJs

Confession: These last few years, I've really fallen out of love with the DJ. Why? The popularization of EDM has turned dance music in a homogeneous genre with little tolerance for experimentation. Even DJs who used to come out of left field have chosen EDM and the almighty dollar. But at III Points, I discovered my love for the DJ once again. Tiga, Jamie Jones, Duke Dumont, Cashmere Cat, and others took plenty of risks in delivering sets that would have never worked at a traditional dance club or major music festival. That's the great thing about III Points -- the festival is so new that no one knows what to expect. This frees DJs from having to play the "hits" and allows them to unleash new tracks, even works in progress, on the crowd.

III Points 2014: Winners & Losers
Photo by Ian Witlen/theCameraClicks.com

2. Shake Shack

When I go on death row, my final meal will be a Shake Shack burger, cheese fries, and a concrete. I'm the kind of person that hates chain restaurants, going out of my way to avoid them, but I wouldn't protest the opening of a Shack somewhere in the Midtown/Wynwood/Edgewater area. And it seemed like everyone at III Points agreed, because I never saw that line less than ten people long.

See also: Duke Dumont at III Points 2014: A Video Interview



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