Tyler, The Creator’s 6th annual Camp Flog Gnaw 2017 was an incredible experience. Not only was the lineup stacked, the whole vibe of the Carnival was refreshing. Flog Gnaw was a safe space for everyone. No matter where you looked you saw people being their true self and simply enjoying life.
It’s also not every day you can ride multiple carnival rides while hearing your favorite artist play. There were even classic carnival games for guests play and win exclusive GOLF merchandise. When attendees wanted to take a break from the madness, they headed to the Illegal Civilization Theater. The silent theater had headphones for guests to relax and watch short films under the neon-lit trees.
Now let’s talk music. On day 1, BROCKHAMPTON, the new all American boy band, lit up the stage by giving a voice to all the queer people in the crowd. The topic of the day was guessing who the special guest would be performing on the main stage. It turned out to be no other than Mac Demarco.
Syd graced the stage during her solo performance. It was beautiful to see her come into her own as an artist. She even had to take a moment to soak it all in.
The man of the hour, Tyler the Creator also reached a new level in his career. It was obvious how comfortable he was on stage performing songs from his new album, Flower Boy.
Lana Del Rey ended the night with a spiritual performance singing favorites like “Off To The Races”. She even took a request from the crowd who wanted to hear “West Coast” off her new album, Lust for Life.
The lineup for Day 2 was filled with back to back talent. Jorja Smith literally brought the sun out with her bright yellow outfit and beautiful voice. Steve Lacy also shined during his solo set. He later came together with The Internet to perform a feel-good set highlighting his, Syd, and Matt Martians solo projects this year. Kehlani kept her set causal as she laughed off technical difficulties and when she forgot the words to her new song “Honey”. The queen her self, Kelis, graced us with an electrifying performance. She also was cooking throughout the festival in her bountyandfull food truck.
If you’ve never seen Solange live, you’re honestly missing out. Her unapologetic pro-black lyrics and fluid dance moves give you an out of body experience.
Early last year Kid Cudi checked himself into rehab for depression and suicidal urges. A year later he closed out the festival with the biggest smile on his face. He made a speech to the crowd saying “I’m here. I’m happy. I’m alive”
Overall Camp Flog Gnaw did not disappoint. I can't wait to see what Tyler and his team have in store for next year!