Breakaway Festival in Columbus, Ohio last weekend was a wild one. Here’s what happened.
Breakaway Festival: Day 1
On Friday, I ventured to Columbus, OH for Breakaway Festival, a two-day Hip-Hop and EDM oriented experience. In order to obtain the total experience of the festival, I arrived an hour early. When the gates opened, I hauled ass to the main stage where Super Duper Kyle, Lil Yachty, and Travis Scott were going to perform.
The first big name act of Friday, Kyle, hopped on stage with a goofy smile, something you don’t see too often in the music industry. His set radiated positivity into the crowd. Kyle possessed the most energy out of any artist from the festival. He and his crew member broke out in a smoothly synchronized dance to his song “Doubt It.” Unlike other rappers, Kyle got the crowd moving and actually dancing around.
A couple hours later, Lil Yachty came to the stage with his Sailing Team partner TheGoodPerry. Yachty entered rather lowkey wearing his hood over his head and not providing much initial energy. Then, he threw on his banger “Mase in 97” and got the crowd hype for the rest of his set. To hold my spot up front, I bent my knees and anchored my arms around the railing. There was plenty of pushing and shoving as people wanted to get closer to Lil Boat. My ribs were smashed and I had 4 different elbows in my back. But, being me, I was on Cloud 9 in the presence of Yachty.
Next, Travis Scott was up. Going into it, I was only told great things about his performances. The whole day, I was standing next to a guy who was waiting in line since 4 AM to see Travis. The hype was there before he even stepped foot on stage. Then, I was able to see what the hype was all about. Travis came on stage and the crowd let him know why they were truly there. Later in Travis’ set, he got emotional with the crowd, talking about how Hurricane Harvey tore through his city. Travis truly connected with his audience through his music.
Breakaway Festival: Day 2
With the same strategy as Friday, I showed up an hour before the gates opened so I could get the best possible spot for Playboi Carti and Kodak Black. This day was one for the books.
First major performer, Playboi Carti came out to his own song “Magnolia” and got the crowd jumping. There was a downpour, but it didn’t stop the crowd from milly rocking. A layer of steam was rolling off the crowd and you could barely see Carti at times. His set was short, but it was full of high-paced energy.
Ok, now prepare yourselves. When Kodak Black came on stage he and his crew wore glossy red and blue hoodies and sweatpants. Instantly, they took out a handful of 20 dollar bills and started lighting them on fire. Because it was raining, of course they didn’t burn. So, Kodak threw the money out to the crowd and they loved it. His crew beared AK-47 squirt guns and squirted what I presume to be lean.
I’ll skip to the good part. Anyway, as Kodak was on stage a sweatshirt was thrown at him and he threw it back angrily. Again, the sweatshirt was thrown at him and he couldn’t hold back and threw his microphone at the person. He missed, hit a girl, and then left stage abruptly.
— J (@Mr_Jclarke) September 3, 2017
The most interesting thing about the culture of this event was the festival managed to have a tattoo bus. Yes, a tattoo bus. I thought this was an interesting choice and I’m positive most of their customers were too intoxicated to make a coherent decision. Other than that, there were some vape booths and clothing companies, but that was about it. Most people were there to see the main acts and stayed at the same stage for entirety of their day.
Breakaway Festival was wild. I left Columbus with multiple bruises and saw Kodak Black nail some girl with a microphone. To me, that is a win.