Coastline: A good day for a fun festival

Between some good weather, happy fans and bands who definitely got into the spirit of things, the first-ever Coastline Festival came away as a worthy addition to our growing local music mega-concert schedule.


  1. Surfer Blood, a quartet from West Palm Beach, gave early concert-goers a lot of reasons to celebrate: Not only did they provide a great soundtrack for both a lively bunch of fans and the long lines for food trucks, but they also showed why it looks like this group has the chops to last.
  2. Mcm, John and Thomas, these two lovely boys from Surfer Blood
    Mcm, John and Thomas, these two lovely boys from Surfer Blood
  3. Bands which performed early in the day also included California group The Mowgli's, hip-hop collective The Neighbourhood and Fitz and the Tantrums, which had a high-energy show. (On a personal note, I'm glad I finally saw the Tantrums play "MoneyGrabber", which is about as awesome a live song as there is these days.)
  4. If there's anyone who's happier to be on stage doing her thing than drummer Kim Schifino of the Brooklyn-based duo Matt & Kim, it might be too much to bear. Schifino was absolutely glowing as she and Matt Johnson played the final show of their tour.
  5. Speaking of ebullient performers, those who have yet to discover the Welsh trio The Joy Formidable have yet to experience the force of nature that is guitarist/lead singer Rhiannon "Ritzy" Bryan. Ritzy and her two bandmates have a genuine affection for their fans -- and the result was an absolute madhouse at the second stage.
  6. 🎸 the joy formidable 🎼🎶🎼 this ladder is ours 🎸
    🎸 the joy formidable 🎼🎶🎼 this ladder is ours 🎸 
  7. The night wound down with two more pop-rock acts with a wild fan base -- Two Door Cinema Club and Passion Pit. Both had well-received sets on the main stage.