House of Creatives 2017 Recap

November 13, 2017Ana Rojo

House of Creatives Music Festival kicked off their second year in Miami with a new venue and a stacked lineup of major headliners and local favorites alike. Moving from the North Beach Bandshell and taking place this year in Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, they brought beloved indie groups such as Metronomy and WhoMadeWho as well as the highly anticipated headliners alt-J and MGMT.

Photo of Kids by Stefan Bojilov

Day one kicked off the festival with beautiful weather and the tunes to match with acts such South Florida natives, Private School and Fort Lauderdale’s KIDS who set the pace for the rest of the evening. Caveman, WhoMadeWho (dawning some very interesting matching outfits) and Metronomy, all gave some highly memorable performances and kept festival-goers on their feet. Closing out the first day was alt-J who gave an unforgettable performance, playing songs from their new album RELAXER and also treating audiences to their major hits  like “Left Hand Free” and “Breezeblocks” all while accompanied by one of the most visually stunning stage set-ups we’ve seen in a while.

Photo by Stefan Bojilov

Day two of the festival brought the usual unpredictable Florida weather with waves of rain disrupting the festivities throughout the night but festival-goers powered through until the very end. Chicago brother-sister duo Wild Belle rocked out on the main stage followed by indie-electronic group Washed Out who were cut short by surrounding lightening and rain. While the most highly anticipated act, MGMT, was scheduled for a prompt start following Washed Out, mother nature delayed their performance by over an hour but for those fans who stuck it out, were treated to  the band’s most iconic songs “Time to Pretend” and and 8-minute rendition of “Kids.” Although they only managed to squeeze in a quick four-song set due to sound curfew in the area, the band did not disappoint.

With a new venue, a solid lineup, and a breezy, artisanal vendor experience, mother nature did not dampen this year’s festivities. We loved supporting local DJs at the side Electric Pickle stage on Sunday and chatting with craftsmen and women during the day. We only hope next year’s weather is not an issue and we continue to see the festival grow to the heights it so truly deserves.