Mopop’s lineup dropped this year in Detroit and we were stunned. Hip Hop blended well with indie icons like The National and St. Vincent in a new festival traditional (think Blurry Vision) that some would claim as post-DeMarco core. Mac Demarco is well loved by influential rappers like Tyler, The Creator, who in turn shouts out/collabs with promising young idnie acts like Clairo, or keeps it in the family with Homeshake. It’s a pretty cool cycle. Events like Camp Flog Gnaw for example will be another wonderland of indie/hip hop mashup acts. Let’s get back to how awesome Mopop Day 1 is though, for a prime example of this trend done right. Check below for our must see sets.
The indie wunderkind has taken the world by storm. Be it her often sold out shows and performances with pop acts like Dua Lipa, or her various hip fest appearances, her set is one not to be missed in an early day of awesome weekend festivities.
Rex Orange County
Have you ever seen how hard it is to see Rex on tour? It’s nearly impossible! His shows sell out so fast, you might not even know they’re announced before the event is already listed on Stubhub for twice the price. Rex’s festival appearances are also often hard to find, as he plays all over the world. His set at Mopop is a really amazing occurance and will be among the weekend’s best.
Homeshake was Mac DeMarco’s former guitarist for the uninformed (although he hates being branded that way), and has a stunning solo career and a markedly rare string of festival appearances. The intimate set will be among one of the few occurances that a large group will get to see his emotionally tender and groovy stylings in public. This is a festival highlight of the year honestly, and definitely one for Mopop.
The young star is making waves for her huge fandom and larger than life persona. Think a pop version of Clairo for the indie minded folk who eschew radio stars. This will be a cool performance in the next few years of bigger and bigger festival appearances, so you’ll probably look back on this set and say, “I remember seeing Billie when she was just a moderately huge star. What a show!”
Do you really need convincing to see Vince Staples at this point? A perfect pairing to Tyler The Creator’s more jocular performances, the jarring and pensive Vince will kick off the fest’s first night perfectly.
The festival closer. Go see his set. Most beautifully haunting and dance worthty headliner in the last few years.