The Odd Future Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival & Show
Who needs the L.A. County Fair? Taking place in a parking lot across from Staples Center on Figueroa, Odd Future's “first annual” Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival featured all of the sights and sounds of a State Fair, including rides like the Yo-Yo, a big slide and yes, a ferris wheel.
While fans wandered around the grounds, they were treated to the sounds of Odd Future members The Internet and Taco along with pals Casey Veggies and Action Bronson. Members of Odd Future roamed, chatting and signing autographs.
Games like Whack-A-Mole, darts and the Roll-A-Ball Horse Race offered prizes including basketball jerseys, laptop cases, and an Odd Future bicycle and skateboard deck. Most every attendee went home with at least one piece of Odd Future swag that they won from the games or a raffle — one lucky fan won the opportunity to spend time on-stage during their set. This put folks in good spirits before they went indoors for the show.
Spending a day baking in the 95-degree seemed to stoke fans' anticipation for the Odd Future set, rather than sapping their energy. There was a 90 minute gap between the carnival's end and the beginning of their set, giving people a chance to recharge.
Playing before friends and family on the last night of their tour, Odd Future were as animated as usual, and so was the crowd. If you weren't paying attention, you were likely to get a foot in face from a crowdsurfer, or get pushed into the middle of a mosh pit with nowhere to hide. The constant push and pull between group and crowd created an atmosphere of (somewhat) organized chaos.
“Security is doing a chill job,” Tyler remarked before instructing them to let crowdsurfers back into the crowd unless death was imminent.
Below: Lil Wayne's surprise appearance
Though the speculation spread that there would special guests during Odd Future's, the crowd was shocked when Lil Wayne himself came up during the group's final song, “Pigions.” Onstage for all of five minutes, Weezy clearly delighted both the group and crowd by performing a verse from “No Worries,” somehow finding space to do his thing amidst more than 20 people on-stage.
By the time Sacramento punk rockers Trash Talk finished their brief set, the crowd left sweaty and exhausted from a long day of amusement.
Critical Bias: You had me at Corn Dog.
The Crowd: The usual diverse group of youngsters that Odd Future attracts.