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#TBT: Sold Out Day N Vegas show leaves mark on Las Vegas music scene

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J Cole at Day N Vegas Credit: Day N Vegas{ }

Welcome to a showcase of the new generation of hip-hop.

Day N Vegas brought the heat to a chilly weekend in Las Vegas with a lineup boasting, chart-toppers, to underground performers, to some newcomers playing their very first show.

With festival season coming to a close, Day N Vegas, sought to close it out with a pretty big line-up starting at noon and ending at midnight at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.

Original headliners included Kendrick Lamar, J-Cole, and Travis Scott, who was replaced with Future x Metro Boomin, after a knee injury. Although these names took the latest set times, this lineup was stacked with heavy hitters drawing out thousands of people for a sold-out show.

The setup was a bit different than other Las Vegas festivals like EDC at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway or Life is Beautiful which takes place Downtown. These festivals encompass art, interactive experiences, rides, games, and other activities for attendees along with the music.

Day N Vegas was set up more like a block party. There were three stages, “Jackpot” (main stage), “Roll The Dice” and “Hunnid”, the smallest stage. There was a spacious VIP area with access to up-close viewing and a “Super VIP” area with portable suite-style boxes. There was also a collection of carnival-style, food and merchandise vendors. It was a simple set up, and it was packed.

Set Highlights

J Cole

If you don’t know who you are voting for in the 2020 election yet, maybe you’ll opt for J Cole. The chart-topping artist announced his 2020 campaign, “The Fall Off” during night one of Day N Vegas. Ok, it's a mock campaign, promoting his new album, but he was most definitely not short of supporters bringing out campaign gear.

The heavyweight lyricist, set the tone for the rest of the weekend, performing his own hits and showing love to the whole Dreamville Records family as well as surprising the crowd by bringing out Da Baby to perform his hit song, “Suge."

Harry Mack

Harry Mack is the art of entertainment. This lyricist, musician, comic, and overall talented rapper was one of the first performers to kick off the Day N Vegas festival Friday at Noon. The guy can freestyle like nobody’s business, incorporating the audience into his set. The up and coming freestyler released his freshman album, “Contents Under Pressure” in January 2019 and is gearing up for a long and successful road ahead. Mack took a few minutes after his set to chat with News 3.

Megan Thee Stallion

The young female rapper took the “Roll The Dice” stage Sunday night, attracting a huge crowd that could have arguably filled the main “jackpot” stage. The “Hot Girl Summer” rapper, donned a school girl type fit, entertaining the crowd with hit songs including her platinum record “Cash ****” featuring Da Baby. The “hotties” as Megan calls them showed out, including a few groups hand-selected by Megan to come up on stage, and well...show the crowd, why they are hot girls, and hot boys (there was for sure one hot boy, breaking it down)

Lil Meech

The Young BMF Entertainment rapper, played his very first show on the Day N Vegas “Hunnid” stage. The Detroit native is the son of Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, who started BMF Entertainment and promoted big names like Fabolous and Young Jeezy.

The young rapper had the full support of his BMF entertainment family, his mother and fans in the crowd during his daytime set. While it’s his first show, this young rapper is sure to make a mark in the new generation of hip hop.

Lil Keed

The 21-year-old rapper hailing from the ATL and brought an energy-packed show to Las Vegas. The Young Thug affiliate rapper, rocked a metallic outfit, icy chain, and fur boots during his set.

During an interview with News 3, the young rapper who is currently signed to YSL records, and 300 Entertainment says he would like to work with Drake and Meek Mill in the future. He also says after a start of playing open mics, in his hometown of Atlanta, GA he’s come a long way, but Day N Vegas marked his very first night show.

Takeaways

Every new festival has its victories and hiccups. After speaking with multiple attendees, the biggest takeaways from the festival was that the lineup was absolutely insane, but some thought the organization needed some work.

Attendees felt lost if performers were late, or if stages had set times change. Parking was also an issue. There was no on-site parking, many surrounding casinos closed their doors to festival-goers and rideshare seemed to be a sole option.

Overall, the show made waves for the Las Vegas music scene. The sold-out hip-hop show was the first of it’s kind in the valley, and attendees are looking forward to year two.

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