After being cut short two days in a row for severe weather, North Coast Music Festival (NCMF) ended its ninth season on a strong note — without rain. Sunday was the only day of this year’s festival without cancellations.
Friday and Saturday Single Day ticket holders were allowed admittance into the festival Sept. 2 to make up for the evacuations, and Union Park was more packed than the previous two days. Festival-goers basked in the sun, sat on picnic blankets and soaked in music from artists, including “The Midnight,” “NoMBe,” “Gramatik,” “Moon Taxi” and “Jamiroquai.”
Festival-goers’ energy was at an all-time high Sunday, as everyone was making the most of the last hours of “Summer’s last stand.”
Cofresi, known for his ability to combine acoustic percussion and electronic music, opened Coast stage with a dynamic performance despite a couple minor setbacks.
The artist was met with challenges five minutes into his set when his computer overheated. The artist assured the audience he would do anything in his power to get the show back on the road, saying he’d put ice on his laptop to cool it off.
Ten minutes later, Cofresi was mixing beats for a cheering crowd ready to start their day dancing. In his usual style, Cofresi simultaneously played digital drums and DJ’ed to songs, including “Coldheart,” for which Marcus Atom made a guest appearance to sing.
Noah McBeth, known by his stage name NoMBe, took to the North stage ready to dance and have a good time with Coasties.
The artist showcased his melodic and milky voice by singing songs from his recently-released album, “They Might’ve Even Loved Me,” including “Freak Like Me,” “Drama,” “Man Up” and “Can’t Catch Me.” Before performing “Wait,” the artist explained the meaning behind the song, which is dedicated to a girl he had a crush on in high school in Germany.
NoMBe was in his element on-stage, moving to the music in fluid motions, as if he and the music were one. Audience members were ecstatic when the artist made his way to the barricade to perform inches away from his fans.
Taking the Attendee stage mid-afternoon with a sizeable crowd, Chicago rapper KAMI opened his set with his freshly-released single “Reboot,” featuring Chance the Rapper and Joey Purp.
Kene Ekwunife, better known by his stage name, KAMI, kept the audience engaged by teaching them lyrics and asking, “North Coast, are you still there?”
The artist performed songs from his album “Just Like The Movies” such as “Home Movies,” “Miami: White Limousines,” “Foundation” and “World.”
There was a suspicion among the media that Chance the Rapper would join KAMI on-stage, but the hometown hero wasn’t in attendance.
To the audience’s delight, Joey Purp appeared on-stage during the encore of “Reboot.” The two rappers performed off-stage at the barricades, spraying water onto the crowd. Joey promoted his new single, “Bag Talk,” which was released Aug. 20.
Modern and sleek graphics met the eye, and a heartbreaking island sound captured listening ears as Mura Masa kicked off his set.
Mura Masa’s lead singer, Cosha, previously known as Bonzai, accompanied the artist on-stage, opening the set with crowd-pleaser “Nuggets.”
Mura Masa’s performance was set apart from the other acts because of Cosha’s presence. While Mura captured the crowd’s attention with his mixes, Cosha added a unique component to the set with her vibrant energy and electric dance moves.
After 13 years of attempts to get Jamiroquai on the NCMF lineup, the English band finally performed its set and packed the North stage with music enthusiasts and longtime fans.
Jamiroquai’s set marked the first act scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. that didn’t get cancelled. The band, with Jay Kay as the lead vocalist, exceeded all expectations with their eclectic sound combining funk, disco, dance and rock music.
Jamiroquai closed out Coast stage with an invigorating performance to a full house. Crowds packed the north end of Union Park and let loose for one last show. Inflatable unicorns surfed through the crowd, beach balls were tossed around and festival-goers danced with hula hoops to songs including “Cosmic Girl,” “Shake It On,” “Space Cowboy” and “Alright.”