MIAMI (WSVN) - More than 100 performers will let the music play all weekend long in the Magic City, as the III Points Music Festival kicked off in Wynwood to big crowds and a few traffic headaches.
Revelers began flocking to Mana Wynwood Convention Center along Northwest 23rd Street, Friday afternoon.
The energy only intensified after the sun went down.
About 27,500 people were expected to step behind the gates on Friday, and roughly the same amount of people are expected to attend on Saturday.
Among them is Matthew Greenberg, who said he’s seeing his top-of-the-line headliners.
“I would say Fred Again and Skrillex, they’re like the two, like, the reason I’m here,” he said. “They’re really talented; they’re kinda what got me into electronic music when I was younger.”
But the acts performing this weekend extend well beyond EDM.
“I haven’t looked at the schedule, honestly,” said attendee Traphouselily, an up-and-coming artist.
Traphouselily said he came to see the shows and catch a couple of good ideas for his future music career.
“Always, always have an inspiration,” he said.
Revelers came from all corners of the country and across the globe.
John Nickolous came all the way from France to attend III Points.
In French we say ‘trois points,'” he said.
He said he doesn’t quite know what he’s gotten himself into.
“We find the festival on the internet,” he said
Nickolous said he did see one familiar name to go off of.
“Skrillex,” he said.
The thrill of Skrillex is calling many people.
When asked to list their three points as to why they came, revelers gave all kinds of reasons.
“Friends, techno, sunshine,” said a man.
“The culture, the temperature and the music,” said another man.
“Techno, sunshine, friends,” said a third man.
“The late curfew, the music and the people,” said a woman.
Attendees who spoke with 7News said they plan to stay up through all hours of the night.
“We’re seeing the sun rise!” said a woman.
“I’m going to try and stay till 4 a.m.,” said a man. “The last [performers are] Black Coffee, but I was telling her, ‘We’re gonna need black coffee if we’re going to make it that long.”
Drivers may need an extra cafecito if they plan on traveling to Wynwood this weekend, because police have blocked off Northwest 22nd through 24th streets between Fifth and Sixth avenues.
Police and firefighters said they want revelers the feel the fun with safety as the top priority.
“We have bike patrols as well, to be able to maneuver into where there is a lot of crowds, if there’s a patient,” said Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Pete Sanchez. “We also have scooters, as you’ve seen driving around, and we have two first aid tents.”
“We’re going to have plenty of uniformed officers, we’re going to have our undercover officers, so you do feel safe,” said Miami Police Capt. Freddie Cruz, “but this is also a good opportunity for the community to help us out. If they see something, just please let us know.”
One thing residents and visitors alike are going to see is traffic, and lots of it.
Police caution attendees who use rideshare apps to make sure to double check license plates and ask drivers who they have come to pick up.
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