The weather was just right. The Uber prices were unfortunately high, predictably. And the various vendors ensured our nourishment through the surplus of Ciroc mixed drinks as thousands gathered at the FedEx Field for this year’s Broccoli City Festival. It was an exciting week of events leading up to the real treat came over the weekend with Trippie Redd and Trap Karaoke on Friday followed by a slew of talents taking over all of Saturday.
Sadly WizKid never made it out to the event, but New Impressionz, Ade, YBN Cordae, City Girls, Lil Baby, and Gunna brought the energy on the early side. The crowd passionately screamed along to track after track, making their way back and forth between the two separate stages to find good spots for Instagram and Snapchat videos. At first, I was intrigued that the festival wasn’t inside the stadium, but they made great use of the open parking lots to accommodate the various vendors and attractions. The stadium may not have been able to handle all of the craziness.
Ella Mai came on around the midpoint of the day and slowed things down just a bit. Her set was especially good being that she’s already delivered a bunch of songs fans sing their hearts out too. She beamed with a huge smile and it was evident she was equally confident and happy to be present. Teyana Taylor was up next and dazzled the attendees with her dance prowess. Even as the temperature dropped with the evening drawing near, she was committed to giving fans a show and no one was disappointed. Not to mention the tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle.
Then comes Lil Wayne. Weezy F Baby and the F is for fashionably late. Fans waited an hour for Dwayne, but upon arrival, he made sure the truncated set would still be worth their while. 6LACK performed some of his cult hits from debut album Free 6LACK, but the true gem was the a capella performance of “Nonchalant,” his take on J. Cole‘s verse on “Pretty Little Fears” and of course ending his set as he typically does with the banger “PRBLMS.”
Headliner Childish Gambino, as one would expect, danced around the stage like he did in the “This Is America” video. It was admirable to see him shirtless and comfortable with the brisk air and wind taking over. The stage was extended to a t-stage for Donald Glover, and at one point it elevated him several feet above the crowd. He’s truly an eclectic performer, and it was almost difficult to know what was going on which made it even more interesting to follow.
This being my first music festival, I was not prepared for how tiring the day would be. I was pleased to feel good energy amongst the sea of strangers, which furthers my belief that music can bring anyone together. Thank you to the organizers who ensured everyone’s safety and wellbeing. Thank you to the artists for traveling down to Landover, Maryland and giving myself and others a memorable weekend. I walk away more in love with music than I was prior, and anticipating the next time I can eat some falafel chicken cheese fries. Say that five times fast.