I missed the first two Trillectro festivals so I definitely wanted to make this one. As soon as I realized I would be in town and tickets went on sale I imediately secured a spot for myself to attend. I got myself a VIP ticket which actually came in handy. Since it rained most of the morning being able to watch performances while under a tent and out of the elements was pretty nice. I also entered a contest and won some pretty cool swag. A pair of Reebok sneakers, a Trillectro tote bag, and a Tshirt. The package was also supposed to come with an extra set of VIP tickets, however that offer actually never transpired.
There was lot of confusion about how to pick the tickets up. First, instructions were given to pick them up at will call. However, the day before the event an announcement was made that they would be acquired the same way you received your original ticket. I had my ticket sent via mail and an announcement was made a few days before the event that your VIP tickets would arrive the same way. It wasn’t a big deal, however I did offer a ticket (if I was able to get my hands on them) to a friend. Luckily, he wasn’t too upset.
I had a good time hanging out with the One Love Massive family and Seannie Cameras. However just kinda wondered by myself most of the day. Highlights for me was seeing Redline Grafitti. A jazz, electronic, pop fusion outfit from DC that I’d heard a lot about. Another DC group making some noise called Diamond District put on a very energetic performance. DC Hip Hop veterans consisting of producer/MC Oddisee along with MC’s X.O. and yU was probably my favorite performance of the day. Well, with the exception of Soulection artist Goldlink. My friend was telling me how much she had been enjoying his music. The funny thing is, we didn’t even realize he was performing until that day. As she’s describing his sound to me, I look down at the bill and see he’s headlining the side stage. With Tabbi Bonney looking on from the back of the crowd, you could sense buzz surrounding this up and comer.
By this time the rain had subsided and the size of the crowd had increased dramatically. Just in time for Headliners, Migos, Bauer, and Big Sean.