It was the ’90s and 2000s lineup of our dreams.
The Lovers and Friends Festival happened this past weekend at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds, and it was packed with the perfect concoction of drama.
Filled with a beginning, rising action, crisis, and climax; this was a festival that many people originally thought was impossible.
When organizers officially announced the lineup, rumors quickly spread that it was a “scam.” Many people were skeptical due to the reminiscent of Fyre Festival, and this was simply because the lineup was too good.
But, there was a slight hiccup on Saturday, which led the festival to briefly pause.
The slight hiccup was reports of a possible shooting, which police later said there was no evidence found regarding that. However when this initially happened, the crowd panicked, and people erupted in fear as they stampeded toward exits.
Despite this potentially dire situation, the show continued and the crowd warmed up again with amazing performances that energized the atmosphere.
This past week proved that the festival was legitimate and immaculate. Our favorite artists graced the four stages, and the energy was electric. There was a different atmosphere to this festival, and maybe it was because of the relief that this festival was real.
The biggest names in the music game gave iconic performances and proved to use that good music never dies.
From Baby Bash and Frankie J, whose songs take us back to high school heartbreaks, to Lil’ Kim defending her title of “Queen of Rap,” we were reminded why ’90s and 2000s music was simply amazing.
T-Pain gave a melodic performance that showcased her raw and pure vocal talent. Sean Paul’s show brought out the “island vibes” to the crowd, and Akon’s set was filled with his smash hits that we know and love.
We also need to show love to our very own Keith Sweat, who serenaded the crowd and elicited emotions from everyone who watched him sing.
Jodeci gave it their all on stage, and Flava Flav showed up in the crowd to watch the legacy-musical group perform.
Nelly turned up the heat with his performance, and Ne-Yo’s slot was filled with smooth and calm energy with the perfect touch of “litty-ness,” near the end that got the crowd pumped up.
Of course, TLC simply amazed the crowd with their heartful lyrics and beautiful voices that pierced through the Vegas heat. T-Boz had a monologue for the song “Unpretty,” which served as an empowering message of self-confidence to all of the women in the crowd.
Ciara’s powerful vocals and complex dance moves captivated the audience, and Lauryn Hill‘s soulful performance was ingenious.
Usher, Ludacris and Lil Jon shared the stage, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The trio performed all of their individual hits while also singing their collaboration songs. The end of their set was filled with a fireworks show, which perfectly illustrates the mood of their entire performance: explosive.
The Loves and Friends Festival 2022 was a weekend to remember that was filled with the elements that make a perfect show: talent, energy, drama, crisis, , excitement, and everything in between.