This weekend, the second annual Tropicália Music and Taco Festival took place at Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, Calif., and despite some last minute lineup changes, the festival continued to go on for a successful weekend, which brought a diverse group of music—and food—to Southern California.
Initially, Cardi B was supposed to close out Sunday night, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the rapper had to drop out but the festival provided an amazing alternative—R&B star SZA. In addition to SZA on Sunday night, Morrissey closed out the main stage on Saturday and other artists included Empress Of, Toro y Moi, Kali Uchis, Mac DeMarco and many more who made festival goers forget that Cardi wasn't headlining anymore.
The weekend as a whole was a hit, but below are a few moments that stuck out throughout the weekend. Also, take a look at a gallery of photos from the festival above.
Empress Of's new music
Lorely Rodriguez, aka Empress Of just released a new album, Us a few weeks back, so her set at the festival was bound to be impressive, and it was. Her songs were a mix of songs where you could dance and sing to, as well as just watch her impressive production. She played a heavy mix of songs from her new record, but snuck some old ones in there, and overall was one of the highlights of the weekend.
Mac DeMarco in a turkey suit
When Mac DeMarco went on stage 30 minutes before his set to set up a picnic table and a MacBook, fans were unsure of what he was going to do, and it's highly unlikely that they could have guessed what he actually ended up coming out on stage looking like. Mac came back out on stage after setting up his own equipment, dressed in a full turkey suit. He gave the crowd a good laugh, and ended up narrating his set by playing his songs from a laptop, a switch up from him usually playing with his band.
Diverse food options
While the name of the festival included the word taco in it, there were plenty of other options to choose from on the festival grounds. Not only was there of course an amazing choice of tacos, but pupusas, burritos, mac & cheese and more were scattered throughout, giving the festival goers plenty of options to choose from. On Saturday night, after 5pm, the festival also went full vegan in honor of the Saturday night headliner—Morrissey.
Kali Uchis' graceful set
In the past year, Kali Uchis has transformed into an R&B star. Between playing multiple festivals including Coachella, collaborating with Tyler, The Creator, selling out shows across the country on her first U.S. headlining tour and releasing her debut studio album Isolation, it's hard to keep up. But, every time Kali Uchis graces the stage, the crowd gets captivated by her, and Saturday at Tropicália was no different. She announced that Camp Flog Gnaw 2018 will be her last performance of the year, so it was a treat to be able to see her again before a break.