The third and final day of a music festival is often the most chill – but not when Frank Ocean is headlining and brings the blonded pop-up shop along with him. Fans waited hours in line (before and afters doors opened) to purchase custom pressed shirts or opt to have the pop-up crew press one of their own shirts.
After bailing out of line, we started the day with a couple back to back soulful performances from English singer/songwriter Rag’n’Bone Man and Toronto’s own Daniel Caesar. Both artists captured the crowd’s attention but in completely different manners. While Rag’n’Bone Man’s powerful anthems had the audience belting from their hearts, Caesar treated fans to a relaxed, emotional set of standout songs like “West,” “Get You,” “Violet” and recent release “We Find Love.”
From there we rushed over to the main stage to find an eager crowd waiting for North Carolina DJ/producer Porter Robinson. The hitmaker’s set began slowly with climbing melodies evolving into a thrashing storm of electrohouse and dubstep that kept the audience dancing for the full hour.
We were lucky enough to catch most of Alberta twins Tegan and Sara’s performance. Each sister occupied one side of the stage and together, accompanied by T & S balloon lettering, they lead the audience through a particularly energetic indie pop set.
After a full weekend of countless highpoints, we squeezed into the crowd and waited for the most anticipated highlight of the festival – one of a few rare headlining performances from Frank Ocean. The crowd was overwhelmed with euphoria and entirely entranced with Ocean as he sang countless hits including “Chanel,” “Pyramids,” “Nikes,” “Pink,” “Biking” and more. Although the average ear might have described Ocean’s vocals as more than angelic, the famously perfectionistic artist managed to find slight errors and humbly apologize before restarting. The heart-wrenching set was a rare glimpse into the reclusive singer’s personality and a warm reminder of the organic emotions from which his music originates.
TEGAN AND SARA