Okeechobee Music Festival: Day 2

As the second official day of the festival comes to a close, many went back to their campsites tired, aching, yet yearning for more. It was a day full of good vibes and great energy as the Friday performers gave it their all. 

After seeing Blunts and Blondes throw down his set Thursday night at the Incendia stage, he returned to go back-to-back with DJ Nitti Gritti after a last minute drop from Ski Mask the Schlump God opened up a slot at main stage. Jacksonville native band Flipturn, Destination Okeechobee winners, gave their first festival set their all to the family and friends that came to support them. It was my first time seeing them, and I highly recommend catching their show if they come to a venue near you. After Blunts and Blondes b2b Nitti Gritti, Pouya brought the energy to the Now stage with his XXL freshman potential. Not to mention, he opened up the first wall of death of the festival when the beat dropped during his song “1000 Rounds.”

Making another return to the Columbia Live blog (and another time in two weeks), pop folk band Judah and the Lion. Every college student in the crowd was very happy to hear their cover of Mr. Brightside, me included. However, the highlight of their set were the countless voices in the crowd singing “Take it All Back” to the band as they stopped playing. Soon after, the dance party with the remix to “Take it All Back” led to the majority of the band crowd surfing. Hopefully no one got dropped like most do. 

Even after a long day of attendees head banging and vibing out, the party didn’t stop for Khalid, Bassnectar, and Foster the People. During Khalid, you couldn’t look around without seeing at least one person tearing up during the powerful and moving set he put on. Playing his widely known songs “American Teen,” “Young, Dumb, and Broke,” “Location,” and “Silence,” the crowd couldn’t help but dance along to one of my absolute favorite sets of the day. Soon after, Foster the People made me relive my 7th grade years with songs “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)” and “Pumped up Kicks.” Sadly the Bassnectar set was overlapped, so my group and I only managed to see the last 20 minutes or so of the concert. There was an uncountable amount of totems inhabiting main stage during his set and as much as people hate them, it simply added to the atmosphere he wished for. 

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