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December 5, 2022

Scenes from Audacy Beach Festival 2022

We were thrilled to be back on the beach for our 2nd annual Audacy Beach Festival! In case you couldn’t join us this year, not to worry…here’s what you missed!

Sunday

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.”

Saturday

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. 

(Photos by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA)

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