Connection Fest 2016 Photo Essay

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Joshua Taylor and photographer Eric Nopanen braved the oppressive Florida heat to take you on a tour of Connection Fest 2016, held at Metropolitan Park on July 23rd. Check out the photo essay after the jump!

On July 23rd, thousands of Jacksonville music fans made their way to Metropolitan Park for the third annual Connection Fest, braving sweltering summer temperatures and a brief torrential downpour to experience sets by Cage The Elephant, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Against Me!, St. Lucia, Big Data, and many, many more.

Although the Florida weather did its best to shake the crowds, it was the only detraction from an otherwise perfect one-day event.

Spread out over three stages on the banks of the St. Johns River downtown, this year's Connection Festival hosted thirty bands over the course of eleven hours, bringing a wide variety of local and regional acts mixed with some of music's biggest names.

It was a dazzling lineup that trumped their previous two years, proving that Connection Fest is a force to be reckoned with in Northeast Florida. With a momentum that shows no signs of abating, this locally grown spectacle has positioned itself in only three short years as a sure contender to The Big Ticket and Welcome To Rockville.

For more information on the festival, check out their website at, and our curated gallery by photographer Eric Nopanan below!

Against Me! and Taking Back Sunday

Against Me!, originally from Gainesville, FL, brought the early evening bombast to an amped crowd

Laura Jane Grace & James Bowman of Against Me! during the band's powerhouse performance

Inge Johansson of Against Me!, with an electric stage persona perfectly paired to his performance

Taking Back Sunday brought a setlist of new material and classics that elicited nostalgia from quite a few aging pop punkers

text joshua taylor
photos eric nopanen

PAGE 1: Against Me! and Taking Back Sunday
PAGE 2: Whole Wheat Bread and Wu Tang Clan
PAGE 3: The Crowd

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