By Arielle Hixson, DC Music Live
At first glimpse it may have looked like the setting of a well-orchestrated Urban Outfitters ad, but beyond the fashionable hippies were a plethora of food carts, bars, tents and even a moon bounce. Let’s not forget the large stage featuring big acts like Flosstradamus, School Boy Q and Body Language. Music was a priority at the Trillectro Music Festival.
More than 1,000 festival-goers gathered at the Half Street Fairgrounds outside National’s Park for DC to BC’s Trillectro Music Festival. The event was unique in all forms, presenting exclusively hip-hop and electronic artists. Bloggers/Promoters DC to BC hoped to bridge the gap between the heart-pumping vibe of electronic music and soulful rhymes of hip-hop.
It started around 1 p.m. and lasted until midnight, and the crowd evolved as the day went on. In the beginning it appeared like a typical Smithsonian Folklife Festival vibe with relaxed families enjoying the moon bounce and indulging in some fried food. By 5 p.m. the 20-somethings had officially arrived to the scene, and some of the headliners were ready to play.
Body Language, the electronic soul/R&B quartet from Brooklyn, emerged with some relaxed indie beats that got the crowd warmed up; but the audience really broke loose once moombahton house music/reggaeton hit the stage. Rain began to fall…but that didn’t scare the crowd away. People let the water hit their swaying bodies as they let themselves go and danced to Tittsworth. Then School Boy Q made an appearance that had people sparked by the vibes of old school hip-hop.
The last act, Flosstradamus, was cut short due to a noise complaint about the event which unfortunately brought the speakers down too low to enjoy. Although, after dancing in the rain for at least a solid hour, the audience seemed satisfied by the outcome of the night. They headed to an after party at U Street Music Hall to exhaust their last bit of energy they may have saved from the electrifying performances.
Overall, the festival was a pretty good addition to the District’s evolving music scene. Wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes an annual summer thing.