“This is a God dream.”
The music festival allure centers itself around stacked music lineups, glimmering stage setups and, dare we say, a general acceptance and tolerance for over-indulging in our vices.
But another large part of it, I believe, ties back into our generation’s soft-spot for experiences that put a touch of magic into our lives — think like, when you were a kid stepping foot in Disneyland.
Millennials tend to value experiences over substance, and the flourishing of music festivals is solid evidence of that. We scope that line-up flyer and wonder out loud, “Who’s he going to bring out?”, “I wonder if he’ll play is old shit or new shit,” and use our internal turn-up gauge to lay bets on how lit it’s going to be. But very rarely do these festivals equate to being truly magnificent.
Over the weekend, Chance the Rapper hosted Magnificent Coloring Day in the U.S. Cellular Field in the South Side of Chicago and if you’ve ever been to one of his shows anywhere on the globe, you already know the Lil Chano from 79 was going to honor the Chi with all the light and love he has to offer.
Hosting a music festival in South Side Chicago is magic in and of itself, marking an emotional and civil investment symbolic of his belief that down-trodden areas anywhere are deserving of remarkable events such as music festivals. A lineup of Tyler the Creator, Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys, John Legend, 2 Chainz and Lil Uzi Vert graced the stage, but where you were seeking magic on this day, came in the special guest none other than Kanye West himself.
Mathematics says Kanye West and Chance the Rapper performing together at the first ever music festival in their South Side of Chicago is about as close to a genuinely magical once-in-a-lifetime moment we’ve seen thus far. In 2016, Lil Chano has been living on top of the world, but not once did he ever leave home.