The Greatest Day Ever Review
rBeatz Photographer, Brian Benton, was at The Greatest Day Ever Saturday and Sunday, 7/15 and 16, in the Bronx. Below are the acts he saw, along with a brief description of Brian’s thoughts on each set. Brian’s a photographer and videographer though, so his photos will probably be better than his words. Nevertheless, we listen and appreciate his efforts with some A+ shots. Pictures say 1000 words, so in that sense, this is a really long post.
The Festival Grounds
The Greatest Day Ever was set up as a carnival theme. There was a ferris wheel, mini roller coster, zipper, and carnival style games with prizes that were a nice distraction from the main stage. The food served was also carnival style: funnel cakes, hot dogs, tater tots, ice cream truck, fried oreos, and snow-cones.
DAY 1 Saturday, July 15th
Future’s DJ and producer played a bunch of Future’s songs and popular trap. He even played covers of Future hits with his own lyrics. The energy was high as DJ ESCO ran up and down the divider, pumping up the crowd.
KYLE brought out the positive vibes. He performed a unique and upbeat performance. At one point het told the crowd to “Close your eyes and imagine I was Drake,” then he proceeded with an emotional song.
After two rappers, Anna Lunoe was a change of pace at the beginning of her set. She typically plays more deep house/techno. She began playing hip-hop towards the middle of her set, leading off with Kendrick Lamar’s Humble. – Brian was impressed by her improvisation abilities and versatility behind the board.
Because the festival was running a bit behind, Mr. Carmack’s set got cut down to 20 minutes. He STILL killed it.
Bro Safari hit it hard with the heavy dubstep and trap. For the second half of the set, he brought on about 20 people from the crowd to dance on stage. This certainly added to the energy, as some of these dancers were wiling out!
Dillon Francis was the concert of the night. His graphics are always very cool/weird/funny. At one point, he had a live feed of a shot behind him with the crowd. He played less of his own music and mixed in a lot of other DJ/Producers’ music including a remix of Luis Fonsi’s Despacito that got people going crazy. There were a LOT of people coming out for Dillon with his face plastered on T-Shirts everywhere and a couple of piñatas that looked a bit like Dillon’s Gerald.
DAY 2 Sunday, July 16th
GoldLink has a lot of underground support, showcasing a lot of his more technical skills during his set. He put on a very genuine set, not coming across as your typical label rapper.
This was the only show with live instruments that Brian saw for the entire weekend. They had an Odd Future/Supreme vibe to them.
Post Malone’s set is always super upbeat and super happy. You can tell he likes performing, and was genuinely happy to be there. Fans were singing along to all his songs as Post was smoking blunts throughout his set. Maybe that’s why he was so happy?!?! This was his first set in the US after finishing up touring all across Europe. Diplo was watching Post’s set from the side of the stage, and Post came up for Diplo’s set for a bit. Please, please, please collaborate!
What So Not
HYPE set with a lot of trap and dubstep. The bass was super heavy for What So Not‘s set which isn’t surprising.
Diplo set was hype as usual. He played 3 Justin Bieber songs, Fade by Kanye West, and a variety of Major Lazer songs including their Despacito remix (which got everyone going crazy) and the infamous Express Yourself, where Diplo invited 40 people on stage to express themselves through dance.
Diplo also played the official afterparty in Williamsburg at a Schimanski. At that show he played Blink 182, Panic at the Disco, and Rage Against the Machine. You can tell he was having a good time with his set, playing with the crowd a bit, crushing the throwbacks.
What did the fans look like?!?! Check for yourself below 🙂