Photos & Words | Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival

We packed our camping gear, yoga mats, and cameras to head south for three days of camaraderie and nonstop dancing at the second edition of Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival. This year’s edition was completely sold out and chock-full of moments we still can’t believe happened (like Solange with Michael McDonald). Keep reading for a recap of our experience in the portal.



Driving to Okeechobee was sort of like riding onto the set of a horror film. The long windy roads were desolate, and cell phone service became non-existent. Frankly, we thought we made a wrong turn and got lost as a result. A feeling of panic started to settle in when suddenly our devices began to show signs of life and we knew we had made it to our destination. When we approached the festival gates, we were like kids in a candy store. Grins from ear to ear and hair on its end as we scanned our surroundings. From the moment we set foot into the portal, we could feel the energy. The music was blasting, spirits were high, and the weather was perfect – warm, sunny, and a tad sticky from the humidity.

On Friday, festival veteran Wiz Khalifa moved through his roster of number one hits as his faithful followers took it to another level. On day two, we caught a golden hour set with Griz and his saxophone and watched the crowd go nuts when dynamic duo Rae Sremmurd dropped “Black Beatles”, their single that sparked the viral mannequin challenge. Later that night, we witnessed the entire festival gather to marvel at the low frequencies and bright lights Bassnectar was serving up, closing the night with a performance that was truly one for the books. Throughout the weekend living legends Usher & The Roots, Porter Robinson, Pretty Lights, and others commanded our attention, and of course, we surrendered to the vibe. One thing is for certain, this festival was a huge success, and we can’t wait for next year! If you don’t believe us, keep scrolling. We’ve got pictures to prove it…


Photos: John Paul / UphoricTV