5 Reasons Why All Things Go Fall Classic is The Best Music Festival in DC Right Now
All things go fall classic 2016 - Saturday, October 8th
1.) The diverse lineup caters to Everyones Music Taste and Gets Better & better Each Year
Last year 2015 headliners included big acts like Kygo, for house music heads, The Knocks, for retro-future-funky feels, and Niykee Heaton, a more up-incoming R&B singer that most people went crazy for after recognizing her as the chick with the ridonkulous Instagram account.
Fast forward just one year later, with the increasing popularity of All Things Go Fall Classic, 2016's headliners also got much bigger and better (especially performance-wise) as they took the stage at what is now known as one of DC's most anticipated music events.
Maryland rapper Ace Cosgrove set the tone of the day by getting up close and personal to his dedicated fans who came out to watch him while it rained. Cosgrove literally jumped off stage and performed his entire set by standing in the middle of the audience where he was seen making everyones day by dancing with fans that surrounded him while he sang.
Passion Pit lead vocalist Michael Angelakos was nothing short of overly passionate during his performance.
On stage Angelakos screamed, “RAIN or shine mother f**er” before getting right into the next song.
Sylvan Esso proved that she's just as cool as she sounds by cracking "inappropriate jokes" in between releasing catchy new tracks and singing beloved old ones like "hey mami" and "coffee" that got everyone in the crowd singing a long.
Empire of The Sun rounded out the night with an unforgettable performance and epic set playing songs from both their old and new albums. Along with the tunes, the crowd went wild for their crazy costumes and mesmerizing stage setup that had colorful lights and lasers beaming atop of the audience transforming the area during "Walking On A Dream" for everyone at Yards Park to actually feel like they could've maybe dreamt the entire thing. After their set was over, an overly excited frontman, aka Luke Steele, smashed his guitar into pieces almost ensuring that everyone watching would be likely to head home right after the show to look up future tour dates for another Empire Of The Sun encore soon.
2.) An impressive number of local Food Vendors partake in festivites too
Whether you're a fan of the lineup or not, the food options at this music festival make going worthwhile for just about anyone. Over the weekend, hungry festival goers were grubbing on sushi burritos from Buredo, trying specialty festival-themed tacos like the "Empire of the Ssam" at Takorean, and ordering restaurant quality wood-fired pizza from the massive mobile oven Timber Pizza Co brought with em'. Aside from just those three, more food highlights from the 2016 event included dessert from Milk Cult, fresh fare from Jose Andres's Beefsteak, and the east-coasts favorite basic burger and fry combo, from Shake Shack.
3.) Location! Location! Location!
Since Fall Classic began in 2014, the first two years of the festival were held inside the hip-trendy premier DC event space at Union Market, Dock 5. Due to the sudden increase in popularity of the music event, Dock 5, being as awesome as it was, unfortunately proved to be way too small of a space for fans of the festival to frolic around last year. Having learned just how well liked they were, for 2016 the All Things Go team set their SITE on a bigger space while staying true to the local bustling, hot-spot theme they had going in previous years before.
Attendees were left with lots of room to dance and wander around this past weekend at Yards Park.
Meaning... epic sunsets --check! Nats Stadium in the backdrop -- check! Massive group dance circles -- check! check!
4.) the Events got Good Timing
Early fall is an exciting time for Washingtonians to enjoy wishful Washington D.C. weather for a few weeks without the usual disruptions. Not having to put up with horrible summer humidity feels fantastic annnnd nobody's freezing their asses off yet either. Win-win situation, right? So in previous years, All Things Go Fall Classic has been scheduled on one of the last good-weather-weekends for an outdoor event to occur until late March and early April roll back around.
Well, this past Saturday the District was hit with the wrath of Hurricane Matthew. Now usually, a sh*ty weather forecast = an outdoor festival's worst nightmare. However, despite what the local weather gurus in our area had been saying all week long, the weather gods had something different in mind for Saturday. All Things Go had an all things must go on attitude and after an early morning downpour, attendees busted out their rain boots and fully embraced the mud puddles that were left over from the a.m storm. The sh*ty weather forecast actually ended up being not-so-sh*ty at all come mid afternoon, when the cotton candy skies and perfect temperature only further proved our point that ATGFC still falls around a perfect time of year.
5.) the guys that keep on giving
Most music festivals that come to Washington D.C. only happen once or twice before they move on to bigger areas around Maryland and Virginia. Now, just think about how many music festivals occur in New York City in just one summer alone. DC was slackinggg in the music festival department BIG TIME before All Things Go Fall Classic began three years ago. So how'd this event even get started? Four local friends that had grown up in the area organized the festival after their DC based music blog took off. Now with the third year under their belt, we're cheering on the All Things Go squad for staying true to what they initially set out to do. The District needed a big music festival like this one to look forward to in the Fall and we definitely approve of their local taste in food & places too.
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