Over the weekend Vulture Magazine sent young gun writer Garbrielle Wallace and Photography 4 Eternity sassy-snapper Nicole Burr to Supafest in Bris-Vegas armed with nought but a camera and a quill. Here is what went down…
Grey skies and pouring rain were not enough to deter the 17 000 strong crowd at the 2012 Supafest urban music festival. Cancellation of Rick Ross’s appearance was pretty much un-noticed as fan’s clad in mini skirts, urban gear and brightly coloured poncho’s gathered under the threatening sky to hear their favourite tunes.
Faithful fan’s who dared to brave the rain and walk around with wet underwear for the rest of the day were rewarded… the clouds parted and Vancouver’s own urban artist Heatwave not only brought the beginning of the festival but also the sunshine. Although their performance wasn’t actually announced, fans where no less excited to hear them and they responded with screams of excitement. Heatwaves, Emmanuel Matovu returned the love to his fans by hugging them, taking photos with them on his Ipad and handing out signed copies of his latest album.
Big Sean ripped up the stage clad in gold… it was hard to tell where his gold mic finished and his jewellery encrusted fingers started. Despite being weighed down by all his bling he still managed to get the crowd pumped and gave his fans something to scream about.
Old skool rappers Naughty by Nature showed their love to their Aussie fans by wearing shirts with the phrase – ‘Aussie by Nature’ and singing their hit songs as wellas a mash up of songs including Aussie favourite ‘Land Down Under’ by Men At Work and finishing with the chant “Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi!”. Naughty by Nature’s comment “If we book a tour we’re gunna (sic.) show the fuck up” had fans cheering in agreement.
Kelly Roland stole the show as the only official female performer singing fan favourites and dedicating an acapella version of her hit song ‘Stole’ to a fan referred to as “Thomas”.
Lupe Fiasco was a crowd favourite. His energetic performance left the crowd hyped and wanting more. A dreadlocked Fiasco had fans ‘touching the sky’ even calling out to those way back in the “bleachers” to get their hands up making sure that all the fans were involved. Ice Cube fans where not disappointed as he rocked the stage in true old skool style!
Supafest fans begrudgingly sat through Search for a Supastar winner JessLyn‘s performance many of them commenting that they were there for ‘real artists’. Their waining attention was quickly redirected as Ludacris hit the stage. The crowd roared into a monumental chant of “Move Bitch Get Out The Way” and helped belt out the lyrics to ‘What’s your fantasy’ along with Ludacris.
Trey Songz oozed sex appeal on stage. At even the slightest glimpse of his abs peeking from under his shirt fans went crazy. Not only did Songz go out of his way to thank his fans he made a point of individually picking out people in the audience to acknowledge. He also removed his headphone so that he could actually hear his adoring fans sing along to his songs. His charismatic personality shone through and that along with his cheeky smile melted the hearts of fans.
After the soulful serenade by Songz fans were once again hyped up by thenergetic T-Pain performance. With his knuckle buster clad microphone he tore up the stage, even going so far as shuffling for fans. Before he left the stage T-Pain burst into a freestyle rap that not only had fans in fits of laughter but also had the serious faced security team with tears of laughter rolling down their cheeks.
The closing act for the night was controversial artist Chris Brown. Supafest presenters went all out on his performance pleasing the crowd with a pyrotechnics display. Despite Brown’s tight security measures one lucky fan was pulled on to stage for a half naked one on one experience. Brown brought his swagger to the stage busting out his trademark moves.
Despite early fears that Supafest would prove to be an unruly event it’s fans managed to get down and dirty and enjoy the festival with a minimal amount of fuss. Security guards were quoted as saying that it was one of the best festivals they had attended and Supafest fans agreed!
Vulture Magazine would like to extend a big thanks to Nicole Burr at www.photography4eternity.com for donating her stylish snaps of the festival. Hit up Photography4eternity for more photographs of the day.
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