It’s another one in the history books for D.C.’s Broccoli City Festival, an event that has continued to make a steady climb from its smaller origins seven years ago to become one of the city’s biggest music and culture experiences today. Below are some of the biggest highlights from FedEx Field (the first time here for BCFest):
- One person that received his much-deserved flowers is Nipsey Hussle, who performed at BCFest last year. artists like Teyana Taylor and Lil Wayne accompanied the festival’s organizers with each paying a tribute to the fallen emcee and community activist.
- Being in D.C., it only made sense for hometown stars to get some love as well. Go-Go band New Impressionz joined Hip-Hop acts Adé and YBN Cordae as headliners — the latter of whom also brought out Q Da Fool and WillThaRapper for even more DMV action. Kelow LaTesha also joined the growing female-based movement Girlaaa (led by rising DJ Domo) on stage as well.
- As she’s been doing since JT‘s incarceration last year, Yung Miami held down the City Girls name with a slew of big anthems — including the Cardi B-assisted “Twerk” and “Where The Bag At.” Following that, Gunna and Lil Baby kept the party going, both with their individual sets and as one of Atlanta’s hottest groups (just check out “Drip Too Hard,” which was definitely the biggest takeaway from their performances).
- Ella Mai had a solid set, yet seemed to have been cut off at one point, perhaps due to sound troubles. Later on, Lil Wayne showed up fashionably late and gave a live rendering of hits that could’ve probably continued for hours on end (although it seemed like the younger crowd were getting restless, signaling both my own “old” age and the realization that Weezy’s truly one of the old guard veterans in the game now).
- Childish Gambino/Donald Glover is just different. The man kicked off his performance by walking to the front of the stage before a contraption raised him several feet in the air, all the while staying silent while operatic music (“Atavista”) played through the speakers. He then proceeded to perform essentially the same set lucky festivalgoers witnessed at Coachella (and during his past tour), barreling through newer cuts like “Feels Like Summer” and “This Is America” while reaching back to fan favorites from Awaken, My Love! and Because The Internet. All-in-all, this was definitely the right act to close out the festival with, as many who were pretty much tired at that point (like myself) found themselves dancing along with the fast-moving, animated Glover until his close-out.
Check out some additional photos from the event below, and make sure you don’t miss whatever surprises Broccoli City have in store for 2020. In the meantime, you can keep up with their current endeavors here.
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