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Riptide Music Festival: What to know before you go

Riptide Music Festival: Here's the deal on the bands, tickets, shuttles and more.

The Riptide Music Festival makes its debut at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4, with a balance of alternative and electronic acts. Here's a look at some of the main performers and how to navigate the festival, which is expected to draw 10,000 to 15,000 fans each day. Performance schedules are expected to be announced Saturday.

Day 1 performers

Miike Snow: The Swedish-American songwriting and producing trio of Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg and Andrew Wyatt (Madonna, Britney Spears, Mark Ronson) released their third studio album, "iii," in early 2016. New songs such as "Genghis Khan" and "My Trigger" follow the bright electro-pop path blazed by their 2009 breakout "Animal."

Awolnation: Best known for the stormy electro-rock hit "Sail," which helped Aaron Bruno's Los Angeles-based band hit platinum with its debut album, 2011's "Megalithic Symphony." Awolnation's full-frontal firepower provided a perfect opening for Prophets of Rage at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre in October.

The Struts: The unapologetically retro British glam-rock band is fronted by singer-provocateur Luke Spiller, who seems to have listened to plenty of Queen and Motley Crue growing up. These guys are so '80s they could slide into Sunday's throwback lineup and get a standing ovation.

Silversun Pickups: The Los Angeles-based alt-rock veterans, led by the hypnotizingly androgynous vocals of Brian Aubert, have outlasted the "next Smashing Pumpkins" comparisons. If you only hear one song on Saturday, make it "Panic Switch." Or "Lazy Eye."

Good Charlotte: Twins Benji and Joel Madden get plenty of ink for marrying well (Benji to actress Cameron Diaz, and Joel to actress and TV personality Nicole Richie), but few bands ruled the punk-pop landscape of the 2000s like Good Charlotte. Their reunion, after a six-year hiatus, includes the summer album "Youth Authority."

Other acts performing on Saturday include Glass Animals, Robert DeLong, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Dirty Heads, Saint Motel, Dreamers and Pepper.

Day 2 performers

Earth, Wind and Fire: The Mighty Elements lost their leader, Maurice White, earlier this year, but the trio of Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson continue to share some of the most beloved hits in pop history, including "Shining Star," "September," "Sing a Song," "Let's Groove," "Boogie Wonderland" and "That's the Way of the World."

The B-52s: It's been 40 years since Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson got together in the music hotbed of Athens, Ga., to create the gleefully suggestive new wave party band that would bless the world with such dance-floor enticements as "Rock Lobster," "Planet Claire," "Dance This Mess Around," "Private Idaho," "Roam" and "Love Shack."

A Flock of Seagulls: Yeah, yeah, yeah, I get it: the crazy hair, all the cliches that pop into your head when you hear "I Ran." But within their layers of synthesizers and Aquanet there was something more going on. No soundtrack of the best '80s music is complete without "Space Age Love Song."

Expose: Straight outta Miami and, in case you've forgotten, the first girl group to have seven back-to-back Top 10 Billboard singles. The freestyle icons can go fast ("Come Go With Me," "Point of No Return") and slow ("Seasons Change," "Let Me Be the One").

Howard Jones: Jones has somehow been forgotten as one of the major artists in the synth-rock heyday of the '80s, but his hits stand up against the era's best both for their inclusive sentiments and the warmth Jones manages to coax from the keyboards on songs such as "What Is Love," "New Song," "Things Can Only Get Better," "No One Is To Blame" and the underappreciated "Like To Get To Know You Well."

Other acts performing on Sunday are the Fixx, Debbie Deb and Lime.

Tickets, parking

The Riptide Music Festival takes place 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd.

Tickets: $49 Saturday, $85 Sunday ($70 with promo code "Cyber"); two-day pass $99; VIP accommodations cost $220 Saturday and $260 Sunday. Private, six-person cabanas, which include a butler, booze and band meet and greet, cost $5,000.

Parking/shuttles: Streets on Fort Lauderdale beach will be open during Riptide, but parking will be limited. Free parking will be available at the Galleria mall, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd, with round-trip shuttle passes costing $10 per day or $17 for two-day passes purchased in advance. Prices will rise on the day of the festival. There will be round-trip Water Taxi service from the GALLERYone DoubleTree Hotel, 2670 E. Sunrise Blvd., for $10 per day or $17 for a two-day pass, plus service fee.

What to bring: Blankets, towels and low-rise beach chairs, which can be set up in a designated Chair Zone. One empty plastic water container up to 2 liters is OK, as are small backpacks.

What not to bring: No food or drink, coolers, picnic baskets, umbrellas, animals, tents, inflatables, Frisbees, footballs, fireworks, drones, selfie sticks, professional cameras or recording devices, baby strollers or wagons. For the full list, see

Big games: The Corona-sponsored ESPN Radio Sports Bar will offer games throughout the weekend, including the Florida-Alabama showdown at 4 p.m. Saturday and the Dolphins-Ravens game at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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