After House Of Creatives popped up on North Beach in November and impressed with an assortment of food and drink vendors and a stellar line up boasting names like Cold War Kids, Crystal Castles and The Flaming Lips, festival fans rejoiced when Poplife announced FM Festival would be taking place at the same spot.
Once again tasty treats and cocktails were a staple of the event with big names like Coyo Taco and Gramps setting up shop by the entrance. Over the weekend I sampled a Cuban slider from Ariete and an ice cream sandwich from Night Owl Cookie Co and would highly recommend seeking out both establishments in their respective Coconut Grove and Coral Way locations. Alongside these eats, Brickell bar Better Days were mixing ‘Ready For The Floor’ drinks named after headliner Hot Chip’s 2008 single.
Unlike House Of Creatives before it, FM fest decided to use just one stage on the sand which created an intimate setting for the crowd to wander comfortably from front of stage to live painting exhibit to merch stand and back.
The first act I saw on Saturday was the mysterious masked musician Slow Magic who burst onto the stage in his trademark flashing headgear. Whilst some were slightly bemused with his high energy performance, he certainly got the crowd going and pumped for the main event – London’s Hot Chip. The band’s second album ‘The Warning’ came out when I was fifteen and I’ve been waiting to see them live ever since. I’m pleased to report that they did not disappoint!
The six-piece took to the stage, all decked out in various shades of the Miami Vice color palette. Lead singer Alexis Taylor sported a fabulous pink jacket (which he swiftly removed) and oversized 80s glasses whilst fellow vocalist and synth player Joe Goddard was jamming out in a sweat suit. Opening with ‘Boy From School’ and keeping the energy going with gems from all over their discography like ‘Over and Over’, ‘Ready For The Floor’ and ‘Night And Day’, their every move kept the people of Miami hyped until they bid farewell with their cover of Springsteen’s ‘Dancing In The Dark’.