Aug 17, 2016
First Annual Day N’ Night Fest Is A Hit
Orange County CA, Mid August, it's 95 degrees out and 5,000-10,000 people are all crammed into a dust filled park. Why? To see the best of the best currently in the rap game. It was time for the first Day N Night Music Festival which was featuring artists such as A$AP Rocky, YG, Post Malone, Bryson Tiller, Young Thug and many more.
Since I've never been to a music festival, I had no idea what was in store for me. But, right as I walked through the gates, several hours after the shows had begun, I realized things were much different than I would have guessed. Most of fans ranged from ages 16-21 and were wearing nothing more than a bra and booty shorts. The guys were all shirtless and wearing baggy shorts. It made sense given the fact that it was so hot but jesus, it made me feel old!
As I made my way into the photo pit, I immediately understand why the fans were so excited. Every single act came out and gave 150%. Many acts jumped into the crowd and one, Lil Uzi Vert, even managed to leave the stage area and take off running which immediately led to a mob of fans chasing him backstage.
Going into the weekend I was unfamiliar with every artist performing. I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy the music or think it was horrendous. But, to my surprise I ended up enjoying most of the acts. I wouldn't say I'm now a big Lil Uzi Vert fan but I definitely understand his music and fans much better now. There were two performers that did shine above the rest to me. One of them being Russ, who is a on the lesser known side of the game but is a very good lyricist. The other being Vic Mensa. Vic reminded me of a young Nas. He has strong vocals and pushes a strong political agenda. His track 16 shots, which is about the recent police violence against the African American community got the crowd going wild. Another artist that really pushed some political issues was YG. He's a Los Angeles local and is an strong Donald Trump hater. He even has a song called Fuck Donald Trump. If you haven't heard it you should probably give it a listen.
The headliners also came out with a bang. Both A$AP Rocky and Bryson Tiller brought out guest performers. Tiller brought out Travis Scott and A$AP brought out the whole ASAP gang. But maybe the biggest guest performer came as Young Thug closed out the weekend. He ended his performance by bring out Bird Man which got the crowd going crazy.
Since this was the first Day N Night Fest, everyone was asking if there will be one next year, if I had a guess I would say absolutely. But, we will just have to wait and see!