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The SunFest Lineup is Here!

February 28th, 2014 by Cassie Morien

Oh, it’s a great week! SunFest’s 2014 lineup just dropped and my stomach is filled with butterflies over the thought of seeing so many great acts in one week.

Ellie CirlceEllie Goulding is coming to South Florida! The first time I caught this English singer-songwriter bombshell was at the House of Blues in Orlando, Fla. I love her second studio album “Halcyon,” irresistible vibrato, bold stage presence, and Instagram feed. She is known worldwide for her sensual synthpop hits, including “Lights” which was nominated for “Best Pop Song of the Year” at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.

And just a few days ago the deserving artist won “Best Female Solo Artist” at the 2014 BRIT Awards.

Goulding is one of those fantastic female singers that is dearly loved by men and women of all ages. Her breathy singles are romantic, empowering, and beg your limbs to move. She should not be missed on our waterfront stage. It will be one of the best concerts you will see all year.

Also coming down to our sunny slice of paradise is the Goo Goo Dolls. If reading their name doesn’t instantly conjure up memories of you singing “Slide,” with the windows down and the breeze in your hair, I don’t want to know how you spent the 90s.

This multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated rock band formed in upstate New York in 1985. Since then, they’ve released nine albums, and have had 14 singles reach the Top 10 charts.

I would bet money that you can belt out every word to “Iris,” “Broadway” and “Black Balloon,” right now. In fact, you should go ahead and add “Dizzy Up The Girl” to your Spotify playlist. You won’t regret it.

The Goo Goo Dolls most recent album is entitled “Magnetic” and was released last summer. You can expect to hear their some of these new tracks this May, as well as all of our favorite tunes. This trio will draw a massive crowd of all ages, so be sure to snag your spot early!

The last band I’ll mention for the moment is the rising California act Young the Giant. Once known at The Jakes, this indie rock quintet formed in 2009 and have already graced stages at SXSW, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, and the MTV Video Music Awards.

I caught them in Austin for ACL in 2011. The magical city had not seen rain in weeks, and as Young the Giant took the stage the skies blessed them with a freak monsoon. I’ll never forget watching the rain hit the hot stage and evaporate into this ethereal misty cloud. Young the Giant was incredible– banging tambourines, singing above the storm, soaking wet and running the stage. I look forward to seeing them again.

(Please don’t do your rain dance here, boys. You’ll get a hurricane.)

 If you haven’t heard their sounds before, start with “My Body,” below. I hope you love it.

This lineup may be SunFest’s best ever! I hope you sail through this weekend on a music high. Let the countdown till April 30 begin!