Returning for its second outing, Adult Swim Festival appeared to have ironed out any kinks that got in the way last year. The event switched venues to take place inside Banc of California Stadium, allowing for a fantastic set up that we hope more festivals will emulate. Two side-by-side main stages eliminated the dreaded shuffle between acts on most festival grounds, and allowed for nearly zero downtime between sets, keeping the momentum going all evening. Comedians and Adult Swim creators met with fans at a third, indoor stage.
The crowd appeared to be split between people who purchased tickets because of the musicians on the bill and Adult Swim die-hards who probably would have come for the experience regardless of the lineup. For those devotees of the quirky animation brand–a number of whom arrived in full costumes of their favorite characters–there was plenty to entertain, with rides, installations, screenings, and meet-and-greets.
But the primary draw for most was on the live stages, which, while sparser on the night day of the festival, filled in considerably on Saturday. The audience cheered for Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, Tierra Whack, and Vince Staples, who opened his set by apologizing for not being Frank Ocean. Previously announced headliners Young Thug and Lil Nas X dropped off the bill at the last minute, but were replaced with performances by Rhapsody and 2 Chainz. The night wrapped up with Jamie XX getting the whole area dancing before heading home.
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