For day one, I decided to rock this off-the-shoulder romper by Lucca Couture styled with a leather choker and western-esque belt. I found the hat on sale at Forever 21 the night before and decided to keep it on for the festival literally as I was getting into my Uber to head to the stadium. I was worried about getting it dirty, but don’t regret wearing it at all because pulled my outfit together perfectly. I was overdressed for this event per usual, but this is no surprise since I’m forever pretending I’m at Coachella everywhere I go.
I didn’t care about seeing anyone on the lineup until the afternoon, which worked out because it was a typical 90-degree day in Florida. I’m so happy I had a VIP band because I probably would have died of heat stroke standing in the crowd in GA. If you’ve never been and plan on going next year, I recommend shelling out the extra bucks for VIP. The main stage viewing deck is covered and is ideal to hang out at until the sun goes down. I can guarantee people are going to tell you it’s a waste of money, but just trust me on this one. Don’t ever let anyone in GA tell you shit about VIP.
SMF also did step it up this year with their Horizon and Eclipse stages, somewhat mimicking the mega structures found at EDC and Ultra. Nothing compares to the stages at these festivals, but the add-ons mixed well with the vibes of the music.
On Saturday, I saw some artists I haven’t seen before and a few that I have in the past. I was especially impressed with Claude VonStroke’s closing set at the Horizon stage. I gravitated toward this stage thinking it was Seven Lions, but was surprised when I was closer and heard some good deep house. I heard a lot of mixed reviews about Mija’s set – it was very different from what she typically plays at shows, but she expressed on Twitter that she played music she truly loved and I can definitely respect that. I ended the night at NGHTMRE’s after party at the Orpheum in Ybor with a few friends, but was so exhausted I could only handle watching the show from the sidelines on a couch.
Who went to SMF day one? Who was your favorite artist of the day? Let me know in the comments below!