This article was authored by FamousDC contributor, Arielle Witter.
On your mark, get set, DANCE! If you were at the Landmark Music Festival this weekend, you probably danced your way around West Potomac Park.
This weekend artists like Drake, George Ezra, Alt-J, and Miguel flooded the stages to perform some of their biggest hits. Their performances at the festival kicked off what will become a nation wide campaign to improve our beautiful National Mall.
While the artists played, the crowds cheered. People flooded in front of each stage to form mosh pits that swayed in unison to the music that radiated all throughout West Potomac Park this weekend. Saturday kicked off the festival, and opened with some amazing performances by Son Little and Ex Hex.
In between sets, festival goers had the chance to win awesome prizes at tents from sponsors like Lyft and State Farm. A personal favorite was the #MakeYourMark tent, where festival goers could build and dedicate their own virtual monument, win cool prizes, and get a “Landmark #MakeYourMark” temporary tattoo.
Crowds also got to enjoy some of D.C.’s best foods, sponsored by D.C. Eats, from restaurants like Oyamel, Duke’s Grocery, Amsterdam Falafelshop, and Ben’s Chili Bowl. A personal favorite were the three for $10 carnitas tacos Oyamel was serving, which hit the spot and had customers ready to head over to their next performance.
On Saturday, Drake ended the night on the Jefferson stage with hundreds of fans. He performed songs like “1-800-Hotlineblig,” and threw it back to his earlier days by performing hits from “Thank Me Later” and “Take Care.” By the end of the night, all that could be heard was Drake’s performance. He ended the show with fireworks, and sent the crowed roaring into day two of the festival.
Landmark has announced that this will be an annual event and year one has certainly set the bar high.