While the lineup at Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2016 was impeccable and featured heavy hitters SchoolBoy Q, Chance The Rapper, A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne, KAYTRANADA and more than a dozen more, there was a lot more to the festival than just the two stages.
Walking into the festival, you knew it would be something different. Tyler, the Creator’s voice played loudly over speakers telling you to “put down your phone,” and “make some friends” as you entered the fairgrounds. Walking in, besides the Camp Stage and the Flog Stage, it felt like you were in a modern-day carnival. There were three ferris wheels scattered throughout Exposition Park in Los Angeles, lights that lined the trees during the walk from stage to stage, carnival games and sounds that immediately bring you back to childhood.
Take a look below at the things there were to do outside of seeing music at Camp Flog Gnaw and check out photos from the festival grounds above.
The Cuisine: One thing is for sure: If you were hungry at Flog Gnaw, you had tons of options. From Mac & Cheese, Action Bronson’s “F*ck, That’s Delicious” Chinese food, Randy’s Donuts, bacon wrapped corn dogs and everything else you could imagine. While of course it will cost you a pretty penny to try some of these and it’s hard to choose which one you want to buy, every option seemed like a good option for the crowd who was clearly starving after standing in the sun, drinking beer and doing “other things” throughout the weekend.
The Rides/Games: Like we mentioned above, the whole festival was carnival themed, and Tyler, the Creator didn’t skimp when it came to making sure the carnival vibe was real. There were games where you could win prizes, an arcade, multiple rides (including the Zipper, swings, a drop tower and the list goes on.) Tyler is so over the top that he even had miniature golf courses set up incase you needed a break and just felt like golfing. The best part, though, was that the rides were free. Instead of hanging around the crowd in between sets, or if you needed a break from making the trek from stage to stage, you could hop on a ride if the lines weren’t extremely long. Best part about the rides: being on top of one of the ferris wheels and checking out the whole festival from above.
The Merch: If Tyler does anything right (well, he did everything right this past weekend but especially this) is clothing. Tyler’s clothing line, Golfwang, was not only scattered worn by half of the crowd, but the actual store on site had a line out of the door for hours. His famous “GOLF” hats, sweatshirts and t-shirts were the most popular item, other Odd Future gear with the doughnut logo plastered all over it and actual Flog Gnaw gear was on point. If you didn’t get anything in the first day or so, you were out of luck.
The Photo Ops: While there were plenty of opportunities to take pictures in front of the ferris wheel or take a selfie on stage, the art surrounding the festival was where the great photos were worth taking. Walking in, “GOLF” was plastered outside of all of the gates, where teens and others alike were snapping Instagram pictures for days. There were also different pieces of artwork of snakes and other creatures with lights posted in front of them so you could even get a picture in the dark.
If the musical lineup didn’t draw you in (which you would be crazy if it didn’t impress you), the atmosphere outside of the stages certainly would. Make sure to hop on getting a pass to this camp next year—it’s a camp you won’t hate going to every year.