Day N Vegas: Three Incredible Days of Rap
Words and photographs by Anthony Perrin
Day N Vegas drew throngs to the Las Vegas Festival Grounds for three days of hip hop, rap, and fun November 1-3.
Day 1 kicked off the weekend, and the weather couldn’t have been any better. Denzel Curry brought the energy early with his energetic performance that included him rapping bar after bar of a plethora of his biggest songs all while jumping and running around the stage engaging with the crowd. Artists such as Lil Mosey, Comethazine, Nav, and Juice Wrld filled the day, and fans could hear hit song after hit song no matter which stage they visited.
Atlanta native 6lack also performed late in the evening. After a travel delay that postponed his set, Lil Uzi Vert took the stage to a crowd that couldn’t wait to see him perform. Again, the set was filled with hit song after hit song. J Cole closed out the main Jackpot Stage with a politically-inspired set design, where campaign posters that said “Cole 2020” were handed throughout the crowd and filled the screens on stage. The performance was the perfect headline act and was a great ending to day 1.
Another beautiful day for the second day of the fest. Due to Travis Scott not being able to perform, as he was a scheduled headliner for Saturday, Day N Vegas added artists Shoreline Mafia, Playboi Carti, Future and Metro Boomin, who had a set together, Trippie Redd, and Young Thug on Sunday. Rich the Kidd and Sheck Wes brought the energy early in the afternoon at the main stage, and Shoreline Mafia followed suit. NLE Choppa drew a big crowd at the Roll the Dice stage early in the afternoon, likely due to him gaining popularity in 2019 after the “Shotta Flow” trilogy of songs blew up early in the year. Dababy also made an appearance at the main stage with a performance that won’t be forgotten. Other artists such as Lil Tecca, Rico Nasty, Lil Baby, Lil Tjay, and Trippie Redd had performances.
21 Savage took the main stage around 8:15pm for a set that was full of his hit songs from recent years. Playboi Carti was switched to the Roll the Dice stage due to scheduling conflicts, but by the size of the crowd he drew you would have thought it was the main stage. His high-energy performance was definitely one of the highlights of the weekend. Migos also performed Saturday night, and finally Metro Boomin took the main stage, getting the crowd ready for Future. About 20 minutes later Future came out, closing out day 2 in memorable fashion.
The first two days had stacked lineups with big time artists, so much so that there was little time between superstar performances, and this didn’t slow down on Sunday. With performances by Dani Leigh and Doja Cat early in the day, Ski Mask the Slump God soon after, Kali Uchis, BROCKHAMPTON, Smino, Jay Rock, and Schoolboy Q later in the afternoon, attendees didn’t have to move more than 500 feet to hear their favorite songs live from their favorite artists.
At night, Megan Thee Stallion brought the heat to her performance at the Roll the Dice stage, and Tyler, the Creator took the main stage, of course in the notorious IGOR outfit. Kendrick Lamar closed out the main stage, and Young Thug shut down the Roll the Dice stage in what was truly a perfect way to wrap up an incredible weekend.
This was more than just a rap festival. Along with having the biggest stars in rap perform all weekend, the festival also had sprinkled in indie/indie pop, electronic, and other acts throughout the weekend. This included Kali Uchis, BROCKHAMPTON, Hippie Sabotage, Miguel, Roy Blair, and Omar Apollo. Day N Vegas was tested when they had possibly their biggest headliner cancel only two days before the event, but they responded quickly, adding five huge artists to the lineup, an exchange that I heard many around the festival refer to as an upgrade. With a perfect mix of underground, up-and-coming, and superstar artists, Day N Vegas had the best festival lineup in 2019 for their targeted demographic. Not only did they have the best lineup, but the weekend definitely delivered and was even better than we could have imagined it’d be.