After FM festival kicked off with such a bang on Saturday I didn’t know if the second day would be able to compete, especially when the skies opened up and Miami was experiencing downpours on a similar scale to those I brave at festivals back home in England. However, the promise of Ghostface Killah and Bomba Estéreo lured in a brave crowd that were ready to party whatever the weather.
With all the same stars of the food and drink village returning, it was set to be a great evening and I checked out Wove Print’s pop-up shop which was a collaboration with a Tiger beer live painting also at the event. The St Pete brand have started to become more prominent on the live event circuit and will also be hitting the upcoming Okeechobee festival in March.
Ghostface Killah’s performance was a serious stand out on Sunday. Regularly chatting with the crowd and exclaiming ‘I appreciate y’all for coming out’, he tore up the stage alongside fellow Wu-Tang Clan member Cappadonna with a combination of solo tracks and old school Wu-Tang. Calling for everyone to put their ‘W’s up and ‘take it back to the 90s’ fans were treated to classics like the Clan’s ‘C.R.E.A.M.’ and the late Ol Dirty Bastard’s epic ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’ alongside solo tracks from Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna. The duo expressed their gratitude for those who have followed their group through all their ‘trials and tribulations’ and given the number of hands up in the sky, the appreciation was flowing from both sides of the stage.
Bomba Estéreo closed the festival with a blast of bright lights, big beats and front woman Liliana Saumet’s mesmerizing moves. Invoking a non-stop dance party, the miserable rain that North Beach faced just hours earlier was suddenly a distant memory. Storming through their set with big tunes like ‘Soy Yo, the Colombian dance act showered us with flower petals and indulged the swarm of shouts for ‘otra vez’ with a brilliant encore.
I sincerely hope FM Festival returns to Miami next year as it proved there is plenty of love for a varied line up of alternative, electronic and hip hop music and a showcase of local food, drink and art.