MoPop music festival returned to Detroit for its fourth year and it was triumphant. The two-day festival was lined up with 22 musical acts, across two stages in West Riverfront park bringing a musical spectacular to concert goers.
The festival was done right. MoPop Festival was a perfect combination of national headliners, up and coming favorites and Michigan must-see artists. The beautiful weather was a delightful match for the crowd-pleasing sets, which sent people into a dust filled dance party alongside the Detroit River.
IMO the festival had a great atmosphere that felt safe, organized and not overly hipster pretentious. Although cell reception was straight garbage, it was not hard to keep up with friends between the two stages. We even took my nephew for his 16th birthday and were able to keep tabs on him.
Day One brought a killer line up of artists that was really brought to life with the surprisingly captivating performance by 16-year-old Billie Ellish. It was a melodious and lighthearted performance from the young artists who even included a ukulele in the show.
The day moved along cheerfully as it moved into night with an energetic performance from Vince Staples. It was a hip-hop show at its hypest. The crowd moved in unison with his rap songs that had concert goers with their hands in the air and ass shaking throughout the whole show.
Closing out an impressive first day was the national headliner, Bon Iver. The artist, Justin Vernon also known as Bon Iver sent vibrations through the crowd with his first performance in Detroit proper. The vocals and bass of the performance was enough to send the audience to their knees. After a long day of festival going, the rhythmic tunes and slow serenade was a perfect night cap.
Day 2: I was a little slow moving after a long day of festival going (and no partying at all) but, the gorgeous weather and superb line-up quickly pulled me from my slump.
Dermot Kennedy kicked off the afternoon for me with his gorgeous Irish self. The soothing sounds his voice echoed across the stage as he alternated between his acoustic guitar and the piano. He delivered a captivating performance that left me swooning for the poetic vocalist.
Let me just say, what happened next was the most dope and hype performance I have seen in a long time. Maybe even ever.
BROCKHAMPTON is the trillest boy band I have ever seen. The crowd did NOT STOP MOVING and rapping along. The group literally owned the stage (and possibly the festival) with an act that screams WuTang meets ASAP Ferg meets boy band. The groups energy was contagious and heartwarming as the group brought out the rainbow flag to celebrate its predominantly gay members.
Next up was my girl St. Vincent, who stood up against tyranny and gave everyone a reason to dance with her mind-blowing performance. Her stage was adorned with a light show and visuals that matched her stunning tangerine vinyl dress. St. Vincent interchanged self-made, hand-carved guitars as she shredded the night away. After giving us the dance party, she promised, she closed out the show with an acoustic performance of “Happy Birthday Johnny,” that gave me goosebumps and moved me to tears.
I wish I could tell you I stayed to watch The National close out the night. The soothing voice of front-man, Matt Beringer is enough to send me into a solo sulk-fest. However, that wasn’t my vibe.
Not too far away, Detroit favorite Haute to Death was spinning up a dance party that was calling my name. When we arrived, the tunes were bumping, people we’re moving and showing off their best break dancing skills. We found our spot amongst the crowd and danced the night away, sending off the weekend with a celebration.
Way to send it Detroit,
xoxo lately with lo