After yesterday, GIGsoup was expecting a lot from WOOHAH 2019. Friday had impressed with the likes of ScHoolboy Q, Tokimosta and Jarreau Vandal, but Saturday promised to be even more special. The previously closed main stage (sponsored by Snipes, a Dutch clothing brand) was opened up to punters and gave onlookers a great view wherever they were standing. One of the many merits of an almost completely flat country.
Picture by Daniel Wolton.
The late afternoon kicked off with Goldlink. Hailing originally from Washington D.C, he brings a usual blend of incredibly sexy production and, at times, incredibly brutal rap lyrics to the table. He’s the kind of artist that you’ll be dancing to, but then you’ll actually listen to what’s been said and it’ll stop you in your tracks. Covering topics that range from gang violence to unwanted love affairs, Goldlink kept the audience moving, and thinking.
Picture by Daniel Wolton.
Next onto the main stage was Rae Sremmurd, a dynamic rap duo who have arguably produced some of the most ear-worm worthy trap of the last few years. Both wielded champaign bottles like swords as they bounced and hopped around the stage. They screamed their way through their hits ‘Black Beatles’, ‘No Type’ and ‘No Flex Zone’.
Moving swiftly on, we come to JPEGMafia. GIGsoup wrote about this incredibly interesting young man in our Field Day review last month (see here), and he certainly didn’t disappoint this time around. At moments the whole crowd, a couple thousand strong, was one big most pit. Intimidating, but an entirely rational response to the kind of sounds that were being stuffed into their ears. Mainly focusing on tracks from his latest album ‘Veteran’, you can always expect huge amounts of energy from dear old Peggy.
Back on the main stage was Glastonbury headliner Stormzy, who presented a stripped-down but an equally poignant version of his of the aforementioned performance. Stormzy is such a big person that he fills up even the largest stage with his presence. He many focused on his latest album ‘Gang Signs and Prayer’ and brought out the grimey side of WOOHAH 2019.
After a quick lap around the boating lake, GIGsoup was thrown back into the madness which is the lifeblood of WOOHAH. Flatbush Zombies have acquired a die-hard fan base who go absolutely crazy for them. During their Forest Stage performance, the trio mainly focused on their 2018 album ‘Vacation in Hell’- a selection of tracks that inspire a special kind of dread. As usual, moshpits erupted like boils in the crowd, and everyone was swept along with the tide.
To round of the evening was the confusingly named London On Da Track, who actually hails from Atlanta Georga. If you’re in any way enthused hip-hop (why would you be at WOOHAH if you weren’t?) then you’ve probably heard his producer tag over beats from Travis Scott, Ty Dollar $ign and A$AP Rocky, to name only a few. He delivered exactly what you would expect- trap bangers of every shade and hue. The audience was moving, from the front to the back.
After a long day of trapping out, GIGsoup hopped on their bikes and headed back home. Click here to read about the final day of WOOHAH 2019.
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