Union Market was abuzz with activity during the fourth rendition of the Washington D.C. All Things Go festival, which ran from October 6th until October 8th this past weekend. This year marked the festival’s flagship expansion into a three day format, with a single stage located at Dock 5 in the heart of the historic Union Market.
Previously a large outdoor produce market, recent renovations of the large marketplace building have rejuvenated the area into a hipster hotspot, with countless artisan eateries inside the industrial building and the adjoining outdoor terrace. The performances took place in the adjacent loading dock, a quirky yet fitting home for the three day fest.
An eccentric atmosphere fueled the festival. Because each day featured a different genre of music, fans came for the entire day to experience opening bands before the culminating performance of the headliners. Friday featured a full slate of electronic music that was capped off with The Knocks and Swedish electronic duo Galantis. While it was clear that many fans came for Galantis, the Knocks set the stage well with their classic indie-electronic sound. Saturday had a distinct rap and r&b flair. Vince Staples played off his recently released Big Fish Theory, and Young Thug headlined Saturday’s show playing his trap hits. The crowds came in droves on Sunday to see indie pop favorites Betty Who, Bleachers, and a closing performance by Foster the People.
All Things Go successfully brought together aligning artists, which allowed festival goers to jam from one artist to the next. And it wasn’t just the headliners that stole the show, openers Bleachers, Vince Staples, and the Knocks performed compelling sets that balanced the lineup well. The combination of the high energy crowd and the industrial atmosphere created an unmatchable music setting.
From the solid line-up to the location and vendors, All Things Go has stayed true to its roots by remaining a reputable, yet quaint festival. Festival goers could also pose for photos in the photo booth or grab some food at the multiple food and drink stands located throughout the grounds. Although the festival might eye further expansion in the future, it’s playing to its strengthens by incorporating local business elements. Vendors at food stands included a sampling from trendy D.C. restaurants including Buredo, Milk Cult, Maketto, DGS and Pinstripes. The festival featured other vendors of non-food products, which included Maven Car Sharing and Electric Standard Co. Between sets, attendees could learn about vendor’s products and even sample some for themselves.
During a day and age where music festivals are overtaking the live music scene, All Things Go is an excellent indication that D.C. is attempting to reach into this market. In only four years, All Things Go has transformed from a single day show to a three day fest that features highly esteemed artists from multiple genres. Although the festival’s venue only holds 800 people, this allows for a touch of intimacy that is often lacking at major music festivals. Realizing that they are not a brand name music festival yet, All Things Go stayed true to their size by incorporating vendors and up and coming artists that reflect their audience’s interests.
This year’s rendition of All Things Go is one for the books and we certainly hope it will be one of many more in the Nation’s capital.