The Blurry Vision music festival made an impressive debut in Oakland this weekend, bringing SZA, Migos, Anderson .Paak and Brockhampton and more to Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, a hidden gem at the Port of Oakland. With its picturesque views of shipping cranes, the Bay Bridge and the San Francisco skyline, the park provided a scenic backdrop for the festival, which featured 21 performers over two days, including some of rap and R&B's brightest stars.
Despite Oakland's wealth of talent, the booking largely overlooked the region (Kamaiyah, DJ Aux Cord and Caleon Fox were the only locals) — but SZA, Brockhampton and Kamaiyah's upbeat sets made the festival worth attending. Migos, who make some of the most fun music of our time, surprisingly didn't sound as polished live as one would expect of artists of their caliber (their vocal backing track was very audible, and Takeoff, the most skillful rapper of the three, carried the set). Few artists opted to have a live band, which would have elevated many of the performances; Anderson .Paak's set with NxWorries (which features producer Knxledge on turntables) would have sounded more dynamic with his band, the Free Nationals, instead.
Despite a few kinks, like huge lines for drinks and no jumbotrons for the people in the back, Blurry Vision was infused with good vibes. The crowd was young and diverse, with Instagram-worthy makeup and the latest streetwear fashions. The fest had only one stage, feeling more laid-back and intimate than similarly sized events from its promoter, Goldenvoice, the company behind Coachella. Middle Harbor Shoreline Park offered people plenty of space to spread out and dance; weed smoke filled the air as the sun set over the Bay.
Check out highlights from our favorite performances and a photo slideshow below.
Brockhampton Brought a Helicopter on Stage