Its been five years since Broccoli City Festival first touched the grounds of Washington D.C., a festival curated by Howard University graduate Brandon McEachern to implement the importance of healthy eating and sustainable communities for African Americans. This years festival brought out nearly ten thousand people to a rainy Gateway D.C., where crowd goers hovered under umbrellas, rain coats, plastic bags and anything they could use to cover their heads from the on and off rain to catch the performances.
The show which featured acts like Future, Jhene Aiko, The Internet and more in the past pulled all the stops this year bringing out heavy hitters like Solange Knowles, Rae Sremmurd and Lil’ Yachty amongst others.
There are only a handful of festivals that take place in the D.M.V. area, so every time one takes place it’s a gigantic reunion where attendees look forward to vibing out to good music, eating great food and hanging with friends. Broccoli did everything in their power to make festival goers have an out of the box experience this year including; a 3D Planned Parenthood activation, photo booths, extraordinary vendors who offered a variety of unquie items. However, our favorite activation was from Toyota which concert goers could hop in one of their show cars and create their own music video.
This years artist did not disappoint as well, besides the heavy hitters, artist like One Love, Rhapsody, 21 Savage, Chaz French, Rejjie Snow, Sir The Baptist, and Kevin Abstract took the stage. However, Solange certainly stood out with her extremely artistic performance with songs like Cranes In The Sky and T.O.N.Y., she even surprised fans by coming into the crowd to shake hands.
And of course it wouldn’t be Broccoli City if it wasn’t some turn up and Rae Sremmurd left it all on the stage. They performed all of their hits including Black Beatles, No Type and several more. They turned Gateway into an unforgettable live party that made Broccoli’s fifth year celebration one to remember. We can’t wait until next year!
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