Wonderfront Fest 2024: Day Two

Despite the persistent May gloom, Wonderfront Festival 2024 in San Diego managed to keep spirits high, enveloping fans in its unique and captivating atmosphere. The festival grounds buzzed with a sense of community, a shared excitement and joy, as attendees delved into a myriad of vendor booths and interactive installations, each offering a distinct experience.

Wonderfront was a treasure trove of vendor booths. From the futuristic Celsius to the refreshing non-alcoholic mocktails at Recess, the offerings were diverse and innovative. However, the standout was the enchanting Garden Groove, a musical wonderland where festival-goers could experiment with various instruments, adding a playful and distinctive element to the event.

Saturday’s lineup was a testament to its inclusivity, catering to all ages and musical tastes.

It included, but was not limited to, IDKHOW, Q, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Milky Chance, Carly Rae Jepsen, Dominic Fike, and Weezer, offering a little something for everyone.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra took the stage with a mesmerizing performance; their psychedelic rock sound wove a spell over the crowd. Their intricate guitar work and ethereal vocals transported the audience to a different realm. 

Germany-based Milky Chance brought their laidback, folk-infused sound to the festival, spreading positive energy. With songs like “Stolen Dance” and “Cocoon”, they had the crowd swaying and singing along, making everyone feel relaxed and happy.

The adorable pop star Carly Rae Jepsen lit up the stage with her sweet tunes and high-energy performance. Hits like “Call Me Maybe” had everyone dancing HARD. Her bubbly personality and catchy songs made for a super fun and memorable set.

‘Euphoria’ star Dominic Fike showcased his versatility with a dynamic set that blended rock, hip hop, and pop.

His unique sound and charismatic stage presence captivated the audience. Tracks like “3 Nights” and “Phone Numbers” highlighted his musical range and had the crowd jumping and cheering throughout his performance.

Closing out Day Two was Weezer, who delivered a lively performance filled with nostalgia. Playing classic hits like “Buddy Holly” ,”Say It Ain’t So”, and “Island in the Sun”, the band had long-time fans and new listeners alike singing along at the top of their lungs. Weezer’s chipper set brought the day to a glorious close, leaving the crowd peppy and delighted.

Day Two of Wonderfront 2024 was a thrilling success, blessed with a lineup that thrilled attendees of all ages. The blend of electrifying performances, engaging vendor booths, and interactive experiences created an atmosphere of pure exhilaration, further solidifying the fest’s reputation as a must-attend event while setting the bar high for Sunday.

Photography by Olivia Valdes

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