Machine Gun Kelly, Muse, The 1975, Jack White, The Used, Jimmy Eat World and More Headline Audacy Beach Festival in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Second Annual Weekend Concert Supports Audacy’s Commitment to Mental Health Awareness
PHILADELPHIA, PA – December 5, 2022 – Audacy (NYSE: AUD) hosted its second annual “Audacy Beach Festival” in Fort Lauderdale, FL on December 3 and 4. The two-day show featured performances by Machine Gun Kelly, Muse, The 1975, Jack White, The Used, Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional, Phoenix, YUNGBLUD, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, GAYLE, The Maine, The Struts, BoyWithUke, Waterparks, Mayday Parade, Sueco, half•alive, Story of the Year, Beach Weather, Wheatus, Talk, and Giovannie & The Hired Guns.
The event, in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), supported I’m Listening, Audacy’s commitment to more mental health conversations, reminding us all, Talk Saves Lives.
“After a successful first year, we were thrilled to gather with our fans for another fun-filled weekend on the sand with some of the biggest acts in alternative,” said Michael Martin, Senior Vice President of Programming and Music Initiatives, Audacy. “We’re looking forward to continue growing this event and can’t wait for more jams on the beach in 2023.”
The tone of the weekend was set by energetic performances from half•alive, The Maine and Talk, the latter of which engaging with fans through his Tik Tok-favorite hit “Run Away to Mars.” Making his return to Audacy Beach Festival, YUNGBLUD flew around the main stage, even jumping in the crowd to sing and dance with attendees. ‘Cameraman’ might be in the artist’s future, after he borrowed a photographer’s camera to capture the scene. No band’s name encapsulates the festival better than Beach Weather, who, as the Florida sun was shining down on the event, rocked the crowd to their top hit “Sex, Drugs, etc.” Jimmy Eat World, BoyWithUke, Phoenix and The Struts carried the event through the evening portion, paving the way for a fantastic finish to Day 1. Blowing fans’ minds with blistering guitar riffs, Jack White had fans roaring to his current rock hits as well as anthems from his White Stripes days, including “Seven Nation Army” to wrap his set. Muse then brought Saturday to a close with powerful performances of fan-favorites “Supermassive Black Hole,” “Uprising,” “Starlight” and more.
Day 2 kicked off with Giovannie & The Hired Guns, who got the crowd ready for the day ahead with their top hit “Ramon Ayala” and even a surprise cover of Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks.”Wheatus welcomed the entire crowd to sing along to their fan-favorite and recent TikTok trending hit “Teenage Dirtbag.” GAYLE then got the crowd going with some songs she wrote during the pandemic, including her ultra-popular “abcdefu” – the ‘angrier’ version no less. In front of lead singer Dan Marsala’s mom, who was in the crowd, Story of the Year performed new song “Real Life.” Waterparks, Sueco, Dashboard Confessional and Mayday Parade each had special sets for festival attendees during the afternoon, with Dashboard Confessional welcoming The 1975’s Matt Healy onstage to help perform the band’s “Hands Down.” As if performing in front of thousands of fans wasn’t enough, Andrew McMahon crowd surfed in a giant inflatable llama during his set, before turning the event over to The 1975. The 1975 serenaded the crowd to some of their best tracks, including “The Sound,” “I’m In Love With You” and “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You”). Machine Gun Kelly then closed out the two-day event with an epic performance powered by jams like “my ex’s best friend,” “I Think I’m OKAY,” and “forget me too.”
“I’m Listening” is the flagship program within Audacy Serves, the Company’s social impact platform that raises awareness of social issues and brings communities together for good. Audacy unites with its listeners and brands to support sound communities through Audacy Serves Pillars of impact: the environment, mental health, veterans and service members, children’s health, civic education, and diversity, equity and inclusion.
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