SEMA FEST BUILDS PASSION FOR MUSIC & CAR CULTURE
INAUGURAL FESTIVAL TOOK PLACE NOVEMBER 3 & 4 IN LAS VEGAS
CELEBRATED MOTORSPORTS, MUSIC, AND CAR CULTURE WITH MUSIC PERFORMANCES FROM IMAGINE DRAGONS, INCUBUS, WIZ KHALIFA, AJR AND MORE ALONGSIDE DEMOS BY FORMULA DRIFT, HOONIGAN, AND NITRO CIRCUS
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The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), producers of the SEMA Show, the major trade-only automotive aftermarket event held annually in Las Vegas, recently launched SEMA Fest, a two-day festival celebrating motorsports, music and car culture. The Festival made its debut Nov. 3 - 4 at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.
SEMA Fest served as a natural evolution of the passion for all things automotive exemplified at the SEMA Show. The Association started to further highlight and share that passion with the enthusiast public in 2011 with the SEMA Cruise, which evolved in 2014 with SEMA Ignited, the official Friday night after-party for the SEMA Show. Now, it’s evolving again with this new festival format that celebrates the relationship between motorsports, music, and car culture.
The event featured performances from a range of today’s top and emerging rock, hip-hop, pop, indie and country artists. On Friday, Nov. 3, fans were treated to performances from Incubus, Wiz Khalifa, Third Eye Blind, Bush, Ludacris and more. Saturday, Nov. 4 featured a headlining performance from Vegas hometown heroes Imagine Dragons in addition to AJR, Walk The Moon, The Struts--who celebrated the release of their new album Pretty Vicious the day before--Badflower and more.
Friday night headliners Incubus kicked off the show right away with “Nice to Know You,” before launching into powerful hits “Anna Molly,” “Pardon Me,” “Steller,” and “Wish You Were Here,” among many others. They mixed into a few covers as well including “Come Together” by The Beatles, and bits of The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm” and Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.” On Saturday, Imagine Dragons packed their set with a slew of the band’s top hits including set opener “Believer,” “Thunder,” “Shots” and “Whatever It Takes,” among many others. Lead singer Dan Reynolds revealed he’d been recovering from a sinus infection but promised to always give the hometown crowd all that he could, and they delivered. The high-energy show ended with a few crowd surprises including a burst of large colorful balloons alongside “Top of the World” leading into a fireworks display for the show closing “Radioactive.”
In addition to the two stages featuring 22 musical acts, the event offered nonstop entertainment with a variety of unforgettable motorsports demonstrations, a marketplace with vendors and craft food and drinks, an e-gaming experience and competition by NACL, and various custom cars on display throughout the grounds. The high-energy adrenaline atmosphere at SEMA Fest offered something for everyone.
Over the two days Festival attendees viewed world-class drifting demos by Formula DRIFT. Formula DRIFT provides a series for the best professional drifters from around the globe to compete against each other. As the first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting drift fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life, and established itself as the global leader for the sport. Drivers competing at SEMA Fest included Rome Charpentier, Forrest Wang, Daniel Stuke, Jeff Jones, Trent Beechum, Blake Olsen, Kasey Kohl, and Richard Advani.
Hoonigan supplied extreme motorsports action, turning the Las Vegas Festival Grounds asphalt into one of their most epic burnyards ever. The high adrenaline mix of burning rubber, flying trucks, speeding cars, and breathtaking motorsports action headlined by Lia Block and Travis Pastrana kept fans at the rails in-between music performances. Topping it all off were continuous Freestyle Motocross and BMX Big Air shows from Nitro Circus featuring stunts and tricks that pushed riders Adam Jones, Jarryd McNeil, Beau Bamburg, Javier Villegas, Keith Sayers, and James Carter; and BMX riders Ryan Williams (BMX and Scooter), Aaron Wheelz Fotheringham (Wheelchair), Andy Buckworth, Kurtis Downs, Casey Ervin, and Jared Wiedhour.
In the spirit of SEMA Week expanding into SEMA Fest, SEMA and Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) teamed up with Imagine Dragons to create a vintage-inspired 2023 Ford Bronco. The custom retro-styled four-door Bronco Badlands made its debut at SEMA Show before moving to the SEMA Fest grounds to be displayed alongside the band’s headline set. The Bronco will be auctioned off at a future date with all proceeds benefiting Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF), the nonprofit organization founded by Imagine Dragons which is dedicated to supporting children battling pediatric cancer.
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Look for the SEMA Show to return to Las Vegas November 5-8, 2024.
About SEMA Fest
SEMA Fest is an exciting two-day festival celebrating car culture and all things automotive. The event taps into iconic names and brands to create the ultimate automotive playground, filled with cars, trucks, demonstrations, world-class music, food, and vendors. Featuring two stages with 22 different musical acts over two days, including Imagine Dragons, Incubus, Wiz Khalifa, AJR, Third Eye Blind, and Bush, attendees of all ages will be able to see a variety of unforgettable, hi-octane motorsports entertainment, including demonstrations from Formula DRIFT, Hoonigan, and Nitro Circus.
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November 27, 2023 2:50pm ET by Falcon Publicity