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Sweetlife Festival 2016 defined by rain, rising talent

Sweetlife Festival 2016 defined by rain, rising talent

In recent years, and in the absence of the Virgin Mobile FreeFest, the Sweetlife Festival has become the premier area music event, especially to see a wide range of up-and-coming artists on a single bill.

But Saturday’s seventh annual festival, which once again took over Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, will be remembered for its weather just as much as the music. As Long Beach, Calif., rapper Vince Staples performed songs from his “Summertime ‘06” album at around 3 p.m., the rain came -- and only grew stronger over two hours. The crowd of mostly teenagers and college aged-students scrambled to throw ponchos over their summertime outfits (wishful...

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