With music festivals becoming an integral auditory exercise for music lovers over the past decade, people are flocking to desert towns, sunny islands, and the core of their cities to experience a mashup of artists from different genres, and to meet other music lovers who don’t mind a little dirt on their shoes, in exchange for checking multiple artists off their bucket lists.
FVDED in the Park, a two-day festival put on by Blueprint Events and Live Nation, saw thousands of fans taking to Holland Park, the home of snoozier, family friendly festivals, to check out 34 emerging and well-known hip-hop and electro acts. Taking place during the first weekend of July outside of Vancouver, in the suburbs of Surrey, BC, this year saw a huge increase in numbers, with over from 20,000 festival goers to more than 40,000 this year.
This year marked some changes, namely the FVDED Lab a third stage showcasing local talent like rapper Tommy Genesis and Pomo, a Vancouver based producer who’s been a force on SoundCloud, with his remixes reaching millions of hits.
FVDED’s set list was curated with breakout artists garnering a lot of traction in 2015 and maintaining the momentum in 2016. Stand out sets included: Jazz Cartier, Kaytranada, Tommy Genesis and Metro Boomin. The festival welcomes an all ages crowd, with plenty of underage boobs and booty shown off over the the weekend. Many of the artists on the roster perform at nightclubs when in the city, so this was a chance for teenagers to experience artists like Zedd, who puts on a light show equally as impressive as the music. FVDED is a unique festival in that it’s bringing internationally renowned talent to the suburbs, and providing a reasonably priced experience to a growing city.
Jack Ü headlined the first night of FVDED in the Park and had a beat and rhythm for everyone to find, no matter what their preference. Diplo and Skrillex weaved their way from dancehall, soca, bhangra, top 40, back to their own tracks. Their collaborative music mirrors their performance style and they often meshed their songs during their 90 minute set. Jack Ü understands the diversity of their audience and they switched up from periods of frenetic electro to let the crowd breathe during a sweet medley that included Cinema and last summer’s hit Lean On. Other hijinks included Skrillex coaxing the crowd to wake up a dead Diplo, and the duo premiering a new coordinated dance routine atop a giant platform on the FVDED stage.
Metro Boomin took the stage on day 2 and treated his set like a victory lap celebrating the hits that he’s produced over the last three years. He teased the crowd with his intro from Kanye’s Father Stretch My Hands Part 1 but didn’t deliver on the drop until much later. His work on major mixtapes from Drake to Future (and Drake + Future’s WATTBA) last year drew the biggest cheers from the crowd. His Gucci Mane tribute was nostalgic, making you realize Hard To Kill was released 10 years ago. Metro’s stage presence is more that of an emcee than a DJ and he was one of the most hype acts on Day 2 of FVDED. The droves of people sprinting to the front as he started that infamous “Young Metro” tagline, and his command of the stage show that he’s definitely one of rap’s most promising young talents.
00:00- 06:04 The Line by DVSN
06:05-09:40 Opera by Jazz Cartier
09:41-12:12 100 Roses by Jazz Cartier
12:12- 14:40 Uber Everywhere by MadeinTYO
14:41-19:12 Neva CHange by Schoolboy Q ft. SZA
19:13-24:37 Tookie Knows II ft. Traffic and TF
24:38 We’ve switched over to a once a month format while we work on Vellum Wellness. We’ll be extending our show past 11:00 p.m. so we can have a long, luxurious show!
24:54 We discuss our time at FVDED in the Park
31:21 We’re attending Osheaga festival from July 29th – 31st in Montreal. Follow us on snapchat @thescreengirls
32:00 Lana Del Rey and Future’s sets conflict at Osheaga. Let us know which act you’d see.
32:27 We play our interview with Noodles