This weekend, Breakaway Music Festival made its way to Columbus, Ohio and it was an unforgettable live experience of some of the hottest names in music today. With headliners like Halsey, Odesza, Migos and several impressive performances from Flosstradamus, Khalid, Kaskade and Jaden Smith, the festival had no choice but to be a hit.
AXS was there and we witnessed several performances that made Breakaway Music Festival worth the cost of a 3-day pass. Here are five of them:
The Day 3 headliners were probably the most anticipated act of the entire festival. Before they hit the stage, Jaden Smith and Flosstradamus warmed the crowd up with high-energy performances. While waiting for the group to come out, the crowd worked to lull Migos from backstage by chanting their name. Things went black and a deejay hit the audience with a teaser hyping them up for the impending entrance of Migos. When the group finally arrived on stage, they brought with them a collected cool of the finessed professional entertainers they are. Their performance reminded everyone of their extensive catalog of hits and the crowd, in expected fashion, went wild.
Odesza was the non-stop party of the festival. When the Day 2 headliners hit the stage with a full-fledged drum line and their enticing beats, dancing ensued all night. Trippy imagery showed on the screen behind them as the band played all their classics beginning with “Say My Name” featuring Zyra. They are a band worth seeing every time.
It was amazing to watch Halsey’s energy as she sang and danced as if the two were as natural as breathing. With her arresting voice and enviable abs, Halsey commanded the stage as the headliner for Day 1 of Breakaway Columbus. Athletic and sensually strong, she ripped across the stage giving the audience a taste of some of her top hits including an audience favorite “Bad At Love.” The crowd mellowed and introspectively joined her in proclaiming their troubles in love.
Bringing to the stage a smooth R&B feel, Khalid sat during part of his performance and serenaded the audience into an eventual sing-along. A welcomed calmness took over as festival-goers switched from party mode to Khalid-mode. The switch from hype to a positive fun-loving atmosphere was palpable and a welcomed break to rest the dancing feet.
5. London on the Track
"We got London on da track" is something hip-hop fans are used to hearing on many of their favorite songs. When London on the Track took over at Breakaway, festival-goers raced towards the stage. He lured them with irresistible hip-hop beats and provocative bass. There was no hiding from it as the crowd piled in and danced while “London” flashed across the screen. Things got real and heavy dancing commenced.