Last Friday was a treat for music lovers. By the early afternoon, Walnut Park was filled with students amped for arguably the strongest Mayfest yet. Starting off the day was the group, Public. Always fans of performing college shows, the three band members wanted to make the most of this"special thing we get to do." Kicking things off in a big way, they felt their "duty to open up the show and do it well-" and they did just that.
Next up was the electronic act, Louis the Child. Drawing a big audience to dance to the sharp and explosive production, Freddy Kennet of LTC showed he could turn out the "more intimate" environment of the college show even coming off of the massive crowd they drew at Coachella just the weekend before. With a set full of their own original songs, remixes, even a Flume nod and a "random song," Louis the Child could not be missed at Mayfest.
To close out Mayfest was the artist with one of my favorite albums of last year and one of the most exciting young rappers to watch out for, Vince Staples. With a set showing Vince's witty and goofy personality, he had a strong engagement with his listeners who were ready to jump to every song and laugh during every break.
And if this lineup wasn't enough, Syracuse was blessed with a night more of incredible acts. Jon Bellion came first for the night. With feel-good music and messages of love, Bellion had the crowd dancing and enjoying themselves early on.
Making his triumphant return to Syracuse was the man who needs no introduction, Chance The Rapper. Performing favorites off of 10 Day, Acid Rap, Surf,and even The Life of Pablo, Chance proved to us every reason why we should be so excited for Chance 3. A charismatic and joyous performer with a strong bond with fans, Chance is one of the best out here doing it, and we got to see it firsthand on Friday.
Finally, to close out the show with a bang came the electronic dance duo featuring one of Syracuse's own, The Chainsmokers. The audience was all in for The Chainsmokers and ready to be hit by both the feels- in their more emotional tracks and pop hooks- and the bass drops in the heavier pieces of their set. They lit up the crowd and closed out the beautiful night in a big way.
Thank you to University Union for putting on an amazing day of music.
By: Rachel Blackman