Festival headliners Run the Jewels drew a specific crowd that mostly came-and-went surrounding their set, while T.R.U.T.H and Klevah blew away the local Champaign-Urbana crowd who already knew the potential the two emcees had heading into their big-stage performance. The two engaged in an extended hug following their final song, which stood as the perfect image to cap off their positive-rap style set at Pygmalion.
It’s getting put into question whether the festival is expanding too rapidly as the music portion goes on, though. Following the festival’s original lineup announcement, there was a slight murmuring of general apathy towards the artists as a whole on the card and at an eye-ball’s count Saturday night, Pygmalion seemed to be far less attended than Saturday nights in years past. But as the T.R.U.T.H + Klevah set proved, the festival is still excelling at exposing the Champaign-Urbana music scene to a wider audience and acting as an experiment of sorts that shows some CU artists are already standing eye-to-eye with the bar set by some of the world’s best music.
Here’s some photos from Saturday in the order in which they played:
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Click here for the full American Wrestlers gallery.
Click here for the full Tara Terra gallery.
Click here for the full Sarah Jaffe gallery.
Click here for the full Ne-Hi gallery.
Click here for the full Wild Ones gallery.
Pure Bathing Culture
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Click here for the full Hana gallery.
Click here for the full Purity Rung gallery.
T.R.U.T.H + Klevah
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Run the Jewels
Click here for the full Church Booty gallery.
Click here for the full Jorts gallery.
Click here for the full Take Care gallery.
Click here for the full Nick Diamonds gallery.
Click here for the full Moon Duo gallery.
Bones Jugs N Harmony
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All photos by Joe Plukarski, Elena Wentworth, and Sean Neumann