In the early hours Saturday morning just before the fifth annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival opened its doors, Tyler, the Creator tweeted to his followers a bit of advice in signature all caps: “MEET NEW PEOPLE TODAY, DON’T SPEND TIME ON YOUR PHONE, GO CHECK OUT SOME BAND YOU NEVER HEARD OF, TALK, HOLLA BACK. CAMP FLOG GNAW.”
On an overcast day in Los Angeles, streams of fans wearing their favorite Odd Future and Golf Wang apparel zigzagged their way through a maze-like entrance into Exposition Park for Flog Gnaw, which was sold out this year. Once you step foot on the grounds, Tyler’s reimagined carnival experience can be seen at every corner with fair rides, booth attractions and mini-golf, as well as specialized activities like AWGECADE by A$AP Rocky, an arcade center for Street Fighter and Skee-Ball matches. Of course, the day’s anticipation was saved for an exclusive 10-minute preview of Tyler’s Cherry Bomb documentary, which takes you inside the making of the album with appearances from Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Charlie Wilson and many more.
Flog Gnaw’s lineup for Saturday (Nov. 12) consisted of rookies and veterans that drew massive crowds. If you heeded to Tyler’s call-to-action, you found yourself venturing from the Flog Stage to the Camp Stage catching Rocket Da Goon, Yuna, Kamasi Washington, Domo Genesis, SZA and the Internet. The evening was just as stacked with Lil Uzi Vert, Chance the Rapper, A$AP Rocky, DJ Mustard, Tyler, the Creator, Kaytranda and Lil Wayne.