Moonrise Festival Review
rBeatz Photographer Brian Benton was in Baltimore, Maryland this weekend shooting for Moonrise Festival. Below are some shots from him, along with a review of each act that he saw. Scroll to the bottom for crowd and venue shots.
Run The Jewels
El-P and Killer Mike were one of the few rap acts to perform at Moonrise and were spotted to perform early in the afternoon. During their set, the crowd slowly grew until a solid-sized crowd developed for their encore of 2013’s self-titled track Run The Jewels. The politically-minded duo also talked about the importance of acceptance, respect and tolerance at the festival and in the world as a whole.
Lil Uzi Vert
The young Philadelphia rapper performed in 76ers shorts and made nearby Baltimore feel like home. The highlight of his set was of course XO Tour Life, but he also played older tracks before playing his best known song twice in a row to close out the set.
With live vocals/percussion and the first fireworks of the night, Porter Robinson’s set was a masterful deep dive into his discography. Gathering probably the biggest crowd of the night, he played mostly music from 2014’s Worlds, including Flicker and Sad Machine.
Moonrise had smaller production and less backline than some other festivals, so his headlining set felt a bit underwhelming. Although he did reach a explosive closing, the live set seemed to get less of a reaction than some of the weekends other trap, house or dubstep artists.
The big room house DJ best known for his track Tsunami closed out Moonrise’s tent stage with a heavy set. His crowd rivaled Pretty Lights’ in size, and the deep, heavy bass could be felt throughout the festival grounds.
The highly anticipated set Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus was collaboration made for a festival. The pair dropped everything from Green Day to DJ Snake and played to a big, young crowd of ravers. Fireworks, pyrotechnics and confetti were let loose as the artists performed high above a sea of flags and totems to close out the weekend of music.
Moonrise Festival Venue/Crowd Shots