As you walk up S Vermont Ave on your way to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, it’s starts to dawn on you that you’re about to embark on a shit show of a queuing system as you draw nearer to the horizon of youth dressed to the nines in skate and streetwear. After walking like a herd of sheep for about an hour, maybe less (it’s actually not that bad to be honest), you enter into the carnival playground that is Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, the music and lifestyle festival brain child of Tyler, the Creator. Carnival game and food stalls line your path towards the three stages spread throughout the grounds, ferris wheel and drop tower in the background, and a sea of vibrantly dressed kids either rocking straight GOLF WANG gear or anything that looks the part. The event can be argued as the most hyped festival that extends beyond just music, and tailored unbiasedly for both Gen Z and Y; there’s truly nothing quite like it anywhere.
Now in its fifth year running, last weekend was the first time the festival extended to being a much-needed two days long. The reason for its expansion being its success as a platform that cultivates the subculture Tyler and his Odd Future collective have spearheaded. It’s not quite street, yet it’s not die-hard skate either, it’s somewhere in-between with a fair bit of youth angst sprinkled throughout, which is perhaps the most apt description of a huge percentage of millennials that make up the free world today – just look through our visual recap and you’ll know exactly who I’m talking about. We’re part of it too, and you probably are as well. And it’s great. While the lines that once helped maintained the integrity of subcultures are continuously being blurred, having something like Camp Flog Gnaw helps bring that community together to relish in all its facets, from the F*ck That’s Delicious Chinese take out booth, to the GOLF WANG merch shop, the AWGECADE by A$AP Rocky arcade center, and the mini golf area to the insane line-up that saw acts both OG and fresh – from Erykah Badu to Chance the Rapper to Kali Uchis.
The reason for its expansion being its success as a platform that cultivates the subculture Tyler and his Odd Future collective have spearheaded.
While every year since CFG’s inception came correct with a solid roster of acts, this year, and perhaps from its double-up on days, came with an even more impressive list. I mean, mother fucking Lil Wayne headlined on the first day, and with a set list that included old gems like “Lollipop” and “A Milli,” as well as newer hits like “Pop That” and “No problem,” we the audience got to witness why he’s the household name he is. Take it from us, Weezy knows how to put on a live show. And then there was Erykah Badu’s set on Sunday, of which he had no doubt would be captivating. She delivered, as did Anderson .Paak who went all out to the point where he’s got to still be bed ridden from exerting that much energy. To be honest, we could go on with describing how Chance the Rapper got the crowd into a insane frenzy, or how A$AP Rocky and the Mob flipped shit upside down on their retro-console designed set, or even ScHoolboy Q, TOKiMONSTA, The Internet, Action Bronson, Kehlani, Pretty Lights and KAYTRANADA to name only a few who all put on a banger of a performance that each had kids sprinting for all ends to jump in on the chaos.
Lil Wayne headlined on the first day, and with a set list that included old gems like “Lollipop” and “A Milli,” as well as newer hits like “Pop That” and “No problem.”
But alas, and we hate to say it, but you had to be there. Maybe next year? In the meantime, check out our exclusive photo recap throughout to see what you’ve either missed, what you saw but would like to relive again, or what you’re going to see when you inevitably go next time around.