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The crowd got there early for a Friday afternoon start. Despite the questionable rain clouds hovering over the park all day, the music festival was still filled to the brim with eager music goers.
Vince Staples was not his usual spunky high energy self, but he still killed his set. He performed mostly songs off his latest album, Big Fish, and audience members still cheered and rapped every lyric.
Thurston Moore, the ex-singer, songwriter and guitarist from Sonic Youth, held his own with his band. He brought the festival back in time for a moment with his multiple jam solos on his guitar as he reminisced on his days in the 70s.
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Danny Brown strutted onto stage with his recognizable hair all chopped off. All he had to do was stand on the edge of the stage and put his hand up to make the crowd go nuts. The hype for his set only continued from there.
DJ Vision warmed the crowd up before Kamaiyah brought her California vibes to the Blue stage. Some technical trouble cut her set short, but the crowd didn’t stray. Kamaiyah is one of the newest additions (and only female this year) to XXL’s Freshmen list. It took her a few songs to find her own beat as she performed beside her hype man that took over most of the stage initially.
Beginning acoustic with opening beats from dual saxophonists, Dirty Projectors morphed their set as they turned their song backwards and dove head first into their 2017 Pitchfork set. Their sound was cohesive and ethereal.
LCD Soundsystem literally cleared the clouds and ended day one with an incredible performance. With a giant disco ball and funky LED video designs, James Murphy held the immense crowd’s attention until the very end of the set, and had everyone in a dizzying spin of excitement, barely pausing to speak between a few songs.
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