FOMO Festival, the one-day, one-stage, no clashes festival returned to Adelaide’s Elder park last Sunday January 5th for a fun night filled with standout international artists. This year’s headliners included the popular American rap boy band Brockhampton, French DJ Madeon, Italian house producer Meduza, American rap artist A Boogie wit da Hoodie, festival favourite Kaytranda recently famed artist Lizzo and more.
American artist Lizzo delivered a spectacular performance for FOMO2020 with talented dancers, glam costuming and kind-hearted crowd engagement. She brought the glam, fabulousness, twerking and the juice in what was a set that promoted positive self-esteem and female empowerment, everything this new to the scene artist is about.
Crowd-favourite Brockhampton took to the stage almost fifty minutes behind schedule late in the night, which was almost quickly forgotten due to their awesome, eccentric energy that had everyone’s eyes hooked on the stage. With electrifying lighting, cool matching outfits, smooth voices and riled-up-rap Brockhampton wowed the crowd and fans were left in awe.
For food and drink, most festivalgoers were spoilt for choice. However, despite the copious amount of food trucks set up, there was an obvious lack of vegan or vegetarian options with attendees forming a large queue for Greek Vegan food truck Staazi & Co. Served behind the bars were the usual assortment of drink. However, a nice added touch was the Gordan’s Premium Pink Gin bar for chic and tasty refreshments.
In an inspiring effort to raise money for bushfire disaster relief, FOMO Festival decided to do their own bit by requesting festivalgoers to donate $1 each drink to go towards the SA rural fire service, CFS. Superstar Lizzo even jumped on board with promoting this charity-work, stating during her performance “donate and save a koala”.
While FOMO Festival emphasised on the idea “one stage, no clashes, party together” this for me, did not work for a music festival of its kind. Although the idea was there: partying together and no fear of missing out on any artist, with artists running overtime, setting up and beginning their sets late, this posed major issues to the flow and overall atmosphere of the festival.
FOMO Festival ensured it was a safe, inclusive and judgement-free environment that was appreciated by many festivalgoers. With the festival being for 16-year-olds and above, there was wide mix of people there enjoying the music.
Fomo was fun day-to-night festival for all and despite the issues experienced throughout the event overall, I had a great time dancing and enjoying the amazing international artists this festival boasts. I rate FOMO Festival 2020 a 7/10.
Written by Hayley Sutter