It’s been a few years since I’ve been to a large, multi-stage festival like Riot Fest. Unlike the old Rock The Bells festivals I used to go to, the Riot Fest had a mix of multiple genres, which meant that it was much easier to plan my day with fewer artists I was familiar with/interested in. All of the Hip-Hop at Riot Fest was conveniently put together on Day 2 of the festival, and all on the same stage. Riot Fest also had a good amount of Hip-Hop, as opposed to other recent festivals like Bestival, which only had one or two well-known Hip-Hop acts.
Going into Riot Fest, I was excited to see Yelawolf, Tyler, The Creator, Atmosphere, and the Wu-Tang Clan. It would be my first time seeing Yelawolf, who is fresh off his new Love Story album, as well as my first time seeing Atmosphere. I had seen Tyler, The Creator perform at The Sound Academy in 2013, but this would be my first time seeing him since he released his new Cherry Bomb album. Then there’s the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, one of my favourites who I’ve seen three times as a group (including 2013 at The Kool Haus) and several solo shows by its members. In 2015 alone I’ve seen Ghostface Killah perform with BadBadNotGood, Ghostface, GZA & Cappadonna perform together, and Raekwon and GZA each perform solo.
For the first time ever, I was able to secure a press pass through another site that I write for, CulturedVultures.com, and so this concert review will be hosted on their site. Head over there by clicking the link below to read the full review on how the festival went!