Despite the rate rainy Los Angeles weather, on Saturday the second Soulection Experience took place at the Shrine's Expo Hall and Grounds, where Soulection founders curated their biggest, most impressive lineup to date. The bill included GoldLink, "Boo'd Up" singer and rising popstar Ella Mai, Soulection founder Joe Kay, Mr. Carmack, up and comer Snoh Aalegra and more. The sold out festival had to make some last minute adjustments due to one of the stages originally being outside, but even though all attendees had to pack inside, the one-day festival or "experience" went off without a hitch.
AXS compiled a list of the best moments from Soulection Experience 2019, and check out our photos from the event above.
Pusha T joins GoldLink on stage
GoldLink closed out the event on Saturday night, and in addition to his impressive stage setup—a raised platform with his name on the front—he surprised fans by bringing out Pusha T—one of the only surprise guests of the night. King Push came out and performed "I Don't Like" and "If You Know You Know" (his biggest hit from his latest album Daytona). Pusha T's energy matched perfectly well with GoldLink's, and no one expected him to make an appearance. Check out a clip from their performance here.
Dedicated Soulection supporters
When walking around the Shrine, it was hard not to look around and see someone in Soulection merch. In addition to fans wearing the merch that they just bought (and it was almost sold out by the end of the night), people in attendance showed their support for the brand. Hats, backpacks, t-shirts—it was impressive how about half of the 5,000 guests sported some sort of Soulection apparel.
The women headliners
This year the lineup featured two impressive women headliners—Ella Mai and Snoh Aalegra. Snoh played first at around 7:30, and her amazing vocals, along with her talented backing band set the mood for the rest of the evening. Her visuals were also on point and it was impossible not to stray your eyes away from them. Later in the night Ella Mai, who rose to fame in the past year proved just why she is nominated for two Grammys this year. Her vocals filled the huge space as she of course performed her most popular song, "Boo'd Up."
Carefully curated DJ sets
Being a DJ in this day and age can be tough—everyone wants to remix the same songs. On Saturday, though, it was rare if you heard a song more than once. Mr. Carmack, Joe Kay, Andre Power, Monte Booker and more all put time and effort into their sets, making transitions smooth and keeping fans guessing on what was going to play next.
Saturday was another successful Soulection event for the books and with its sold out crowd, it wouldn't be surprising if next year they extended it for two days. They certainly have the fanbase and the artists to back them up.
Check out photos above, all taken by Tamara Syed.