7 Things to Expect at HOC Fest
October 19, 2017
Photo by: Liliana Mora for Flood Magazine
Now that the weather has finally decided to calm down a bit, and following the rousing success of III Points’ fifth year, South Florida’s music festival season is finally ready to kick off hard. And after a great first year, it’s always a big win for Miami when a festival returns for another multiple-day celebration of music and life and everything in between. What we’re talking about here is House of Creatives Music Festival which is taking its talents to Historic Virginia Key Beach Park for its sophomore year. But more than just a mixture of local and national acts, the fest has a lot up its sleeves. Check it out:
Because everyone needs some energy for all the hip shaking you’ll be doing. And HOC has taken it up one better, all of their food vendors are local to the region. They’ll have a delicious mix of food trucks and pop-ups, filled with the kind of treats you’ll want to sink your teeth into. Ice cream by Dolci Peccati Gelato, burgers by the Smorgasburg staple now stationed in Miami Burger Supreme, Tacos & Tattoos, and much more.
Because you’ll be needing a dope place to rest your legs after hours of head-bobbing and heavy dancing. You’ll have tons of green grass to lay some blankets and tapestries down and take in the surrounding beauty. But we’re excited for their partnership with La Siesta Hammocks who will be creating a whole area of sweet sweet comfort for your little tootsies and you swing and sway in style.
Because your eyes need to be just as enchanted as those ears of yours. Just like last year, the HOC team will be bringing in a whole slew of artists, both local and national to paint the place silly with some truly sparkling installations around the grounds. If it’s anywhere as cool as the lineup, we know it’s going to look stellar.
Because as locals, we need to educate ourselves about our city’s immensely beautiful history. After sitting idle for centuries and being shaped and re-shaped by hurricanes, what is now known as Virginia Key Beach Park was instituted as South Florida’s first colored-only beach in 1945. Over time, it became a quiet place where locals of all kinds were welcome to enjoy the luxuries of our natural habitat. And is now a frequently loved spot for festivals like this one.
Because you’ll want to spend your money on something other than food and drinks. Aside from their great lineup of bites and sips, they’re also making sure they give local craftsmen and women a chance to share their goods with attendees on a larger scale. They’ll have airstreams like The Wander Shop slinging sweet stuff, handmade goods like jewelry, henna tattoos and so much more. Get your wallet ready.
Because, duh. This one’s obvious but just a piece of the amazing experience puzzle. They’re stepping up their game in so many ways this year, and their musical lineup is definitely one of them. Big acts like alt-J and MGMT are headlining both days, intermingled with great names like Washed Out, Wild Belle, Metronomy, and Sir Sly. Plus, a great selection of local tunes from Private School, Kids, and Tremends.
Because it wouldn’t be a festival in Miami without it. For many of us locals, going to the beach isn’t actually as frequent as many people think so it’s always nice when a festival has the option to take a break and a dip while you’re at it. And for all the out-of-towners who are excited to soak in the sun along the coast, you kill two seagulls with one stone.
Make sure to use the code “PRISMATIC” when buying your 2-day tickets to snag the early bird rate of $99.