This past weekend, Mo Pop Festival returned to Detroit featuring two stages and 28 artists on the Riverfront, including Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend and Detroit-native artist Lizzo.
Described as “vibey” by festival-goer Timothy Walkinhood, the indie-pop music festival also featured other activities including an arcade, food trucks, a craft tent featuring Detroit-based artists and, of course, plenty of Instagram-worthy photo-op locations.
Taylor Rankin, a Dearborn native and a first-time Mo Pop attendee, said she was impressed with the festival.
“I’ve been to quite a few different festivals and concerts and this was done really well,” Rankin said. “Everyone I met was super nice, the food was awesome and I had a really good time!”
Ahmed Atari, a Toledo native, said that the festival “felt like the perfect mix of local and national talent.”
Mohamad Amer, another Dearborn native, said this was his second Mo Pop Festival, and that there will “definitely” be a third time.
Amer said he “crowd-surfed in jorts and got thrown around in mosh pits,” and that he loved “being able to have fun with strangers.”
A crowd-surfing trash can also made an appearance during The Story So Far’s show, eventually dumping its contents on some fans and security guards at the front of the crowd.
This is the first Mo Pop festival since the legalization of marijuana in Michigan. Many festival-goers could be seen lighting blunts or smoking marijuana vape pens as police and security guards looked on.
This is the seventh consecutive year Mo Pop has been in Detroit; starting in 2013, the festival used to be held at the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights. It was moved to its current location in 2015.
There have been recent talks about moving the festival to another location, though that location has not yet been announced.
Wherever Mo Pop is held next year, one thing’s for sure- the festival has become a Detroit staple, and the city’s music and fashion lovers probably won’t mind a change of location if it means they get to attend another year.