Benji Madden

Preakness InfieldFest performances were more about the party than the music

Preakness InfieldFest performances were more about the party than the music

When the Preakness established the InfieldFest in 2010 — as a response to it ending its infamous bring-your-own-alcohol policy a year earlier — it aimed to create a mini music festival.

Judging from this year's lineup, which featured country star Sam Hunt and the electronic dance music hit-maker Zedd as headliners, Preakness has achieved this, for better or worse.

America — especially its millennials — is obsessed with wide-appealing music festivals, where attendance seems more motivated by the party than the music. Saturday's InfieldFest reflected this reality, providing a recognizable soundtrack and pleasant enough atmosphere but creating very few actual music...

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