The music industry can be an intensely male-dominated space. Tyler, the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw carnival made sure that wasn’t the case. Although we’re only talking about five of them, the festival lineup was at least 20 percent women, whose musical styles ranged from r&b to pop to dj sets.
Syd is one of the few artists who can say they’ve been performing at the festival since the beginning. As an original member of Odd Future, she’s seen the festival grow along with her career. Syd had two sets, one by herself and one with her band, The Internet. In some ways, the sets meshed together, making Syd’s identities seem inseparable. But her solo work is sexier and more personal, making us more excited to watch her grow along with the festival.
Kehlani‘s career started to take off after she and her group PopLyfe made it to fourth place in America’s Got Talent. Her performance at Camp Flog Gnaw mirrored her career in some ways: a little rocky at first, but a great show overall. She battled some sound equipment mishaps, but came through with strong vocals and a carefree attitude. Kehlani didn’t let anything stand in her way during her set, proving that she has the spirit of a survivor.
Jorja Smith lit up the stage with not just her voice, but also her appearance. First off, her skin is flawless. So flawless that it’s distracting. And dressed in yellow, Jorja was already hard to miss. Drake gave her his cosign when he put her on “Get It Together,” featured on his More Life album. She keeps those dreamy, pop vibes alive during her set, making the crowd feel good all over.
Lana Del Rey is classic California festival music. She makes you want to get high, lay in the grass, and think about all of the boyfriends you could have and how to break their hearts. As a headliner, she put concertgoers in the mood to chill, something that was really needed after such an exciting day of games, rides, and music.
Kelela is basking in the release of her new album, Take Me Apart. Each song was performed with eagerness and excitement, and the crowd could feel her endless energy. Kelela’s sound is as diverse as the crowd was, and her music made everyone it touched feel good about being in her presence.