Adult Swim Festival is back! This time, the two-day festival took over Banc of California Stadium, deemed Los Angeles’ newest entertainment venue. Following last year’s success at The Row DTLA, 2019 proved to be an even bigger expansion combining live music, comedians, dank food,and endless on-site activations.
On Friday, November 15th, one of the most highly-anticipated acts on the bill was Captain Murphy, Flying Lotus’ alias. Beyond an explosive set bringing out guest rapper Azizi Gibson and Thundercat on the bass, it was the moment he tricked fans into thinking MF Doom was in the building — disguised as Hannibal Buress. While we laugh about it now, it was definitely a huge tease to all hip-hop heads in the arena.
Another standout performance was Leikeli47, an amazing female MC who covers her face with ski masks… at all times. The “Money” rapper had the crowd jumping as she incorporated LA classics, even paying tribute to Nipsey Hussle, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac.
Inside the stadium was a small stage strictly for comedy lovers, where individuals were able to do live stand up. Attendees were free to dress up as they pleased, with Rick & Morty being the most popular costumes. As far as the fun, there was a gigantic slide shaped like Morty’s head, a cat jousting area, a Hot Dog bull riding machine, a Meatwad Dome featuring an Adult Swim 360-degree screening experience, and more.
Saturday, November 16th aka Day Two proved to be the funnest yet. The creators of Robot Chicken did a Q&A called Robot CHicken Intergalactic Power Summit while Freddie Gibbs & Madlib tore the stage down, performing the majority of their Bandana album. Meanwhile, Rapsody held it down performing cuts off her most recent album Eve — with the King Ice Biggie chain on! We had gifted her moments before she graced the stage.
Tierra Whack came through with her bright, vibrant, colorful self and even had a talking potato on stage.
2 Chainz definitely took over the stadium performing all his hits including “No Lie,” “No Problem,” “It’s A Vibe,” “Good Drank,” and many more. Of course, his dog Trappy was in the house as well as he brought out his entire TRU label. Eric Andre was quite possibly the most highly-anticipated act at Adult Swim, doing a live rendition of the Eric Andre Show. The grand finale was Vince Staples, who proved why he’s one of Long Beach’s finest.