The Best of Riptide 2017

Emily Treadgold #5, Festivals Leave a Comment

As a crazed music fan and avid show-goer, I was looking forward to my first local music festival since moving to Miami two years ago. South Florida doesn’t see a ton of good artists come through (yeah, I said it), so I was looking forward to the sick line-up Riptide put together. The cool thing about South Florida is that despite the festival being in December, we could rock alongside our favorite bands in jean shorts and flipflops right on Fort Lauderdale Beach under a full moon. It was dope. Let me tell you about my favorite acts…


As soon as the band took the stage, nostalgia set in. I recalled sitting in front of my TV after school watching their music videos on TRL. They blessed us with hits like “Island in the Sun” and “Buddy Holly” but my favorite was their cover of “Where Is My Mind?” by the Pixies to announce they’re going on tour together next week. WHAT! YES!

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness 

This band has a special place in my heart. From Jack’s Mannequin to Something Corporate, I love everything Andrew McMahon touches. They had me near tears with “Dark Blue” and “I Woke Up in a Car.”

Cage The Elephant

Dude, Matt Shultz is my kind of modern Rockstar. His outfit was so *fab* and he was engaging the crowd unlike any band at the festival. They had a badass set playing back film of the audience in black and white. With hits like “Aint No Rest for the Wicked” and “Cold Cold Cold” they made the top 3 for me.

  • Leigh Daniels

    My passion for music knows no bounds. I attend concerts solo, drive hours to catch a band I love, spend all my disposable income on tickets and start and end every day with my Marshall headphones or Bose bluetooth speaker blaring my latest favorites. From Cold War Kids to Kelly Clarkson to Queen to Etta James, my taste in music is a hot mess but I wouldn't have it any other way. I got through my first heartbreak with Kings of Leon's album Only By the Night. I have lyrics from Blackbird by The Beatles tattooed on my ribs because my dad sang it to me every night before bed. I got on stage at Wu Tang Clan in high school and had Ghostface sign my favorite dress after the show. My favorite memories are accompanied by a beautiful soundtrack so for whoever invented the first musical note (*opens Google tab*), THANK YOU! Find me on instagram to get a better sense for the kinda gal I am @leighdaniels.

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