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SunFest 2024: A new beat for Florida’s beloved waterfront music festival

Scheduled to take place from May 3 to May 5, SunFest 2024 will feature a diverse lineup of national headliners, including Nelly, Billy Idol, Shaggy, Cole Swindell, The Revivalists, Rebelution, and more. While the announcement has sparked mixed reactions, with some expressing disappointment on social media, the festival's Executive Director, Dianna Craven, remains optimistic about the milestone year.

SunFest, Florida’s cherished waterfront music festival, has unveiled its 40th-anniversary lineup, promising an extraordinary celebration of music, art, and community on the palm-lined West Palm Beach waterfront. Despite financial challenges in recent years, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers are determined to deliver a memorable experience, blending seasoned national headliners with vibrant local talent.

Scheduled to take place from May 3 to May 5, SunFest 2024 will feature a diverse lineup of national headliners, including Nelly, Billy Idol, Shaggy, Cole Swindell, The Revivalists, Rebelution, and more. While the announcement has sparked mixed reactions, with some expressing disappointment on social media, the festival’s Executive Director, Dianna Craven, remains optimistic about the milestone year.

We are thrilled to unveil this year’s lineup of seasoned and emerging musical artists for SunFest 2024, embodying the vibrant and fresh atmosphere that defines SunFest and attracts people from all over to the West Palm Beach waterfront,” said Craven. “It’s not just a festival; it’s a shared experience where fans create unforgettable memories.

SunFest is partnering again with 1909 to support homegrown talent to highlight the Fresh Local Artists series, sponsored by Florida Power & Light Company, and give them a platform to showcase their skills. Local artists scheduled to perform at SunFest 2024 include Brothers Within, Fox Maple Band, Killbillies, Kritikal, Matt Corman, Seranation, SloFunkPump, Steven James, and The Lubben Brothers.

Despite criticisms of the festival’s lineup, SunFest organizers are encouraging the community to be part of this year’s event and support the local talent. Festival admission tickets are currently available at the lowest price, starting at $60 for a 1-day pass and $120 for a 3-day pass.

To enhance the festival experience, SunFest offers more than just music. Attendees can explore the Art Village, featuring interactive art and activities, and enjoy the iconic Floating Bar (for guests 21 and over). The festival also boasts a diverse selection of eats, with over 100 food items available.

SunFest will feature a Community Stage showcasing hyper-local groups and performers, adding a new dimension to the festival. Environmental consciousness will also be a focus, with SunFest participating in the BYOBottle Campaign to reduce plastic waste.

SunFest 2024 promises to be a celebration of art, music, and community spirit, embodying the essence that has made it an iconic festival for four decades. As the 40th edition of the festival approaches, let’s show our support to ensure SunFest’s continued success.

For more information about SunFest and to purchase tickets, visit www.sunfest.com.

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