All Things Go Fall Classic 2018 – Union Market, Washington D.C. – 10.6.18-10.7.18
This past weekend, we learned that the All Things Go Fall Classic is not your average music festival. Set up in Washington D.C at Union Market, this two-day, one-stage music festival marked its 5th anniversary bringing up-and-coming artists, an exclusive all-female lineup on the first day, and female headliners on both days of the event. The full weekend lineup featured headliners Maggie Rogers and Carly Rae Jepsen, and included rising artists Billie Eilish, Cautious Clay, The Aces, and more. Over 10,000 fans from Washington D.C. and beyond gathered to enjoy performances and eats from Shake Shack, Vice Cream, JRINK, Sweetgreen, and more.
Beginning on Saturday, the all-female lineup co-curated by artists Maggie Rogers and Lizzy Plapinger (whose stage name is LPX) kicked off the festival, highlighting the movement towards feminism and equality in the music industry. The day started off with performances by innovative female artists KAYE, OSHUN, and ALMA, followed with LPX performing her own set, and then Ravyn Lenae, Jessie Reyez, Billie Eilish, and ending with headliner Maggie Rogers. Rogers and LPX aimed to break the cycle of male-only festival headliners, and worked with the Women’s March to create a powerful platform that performers used to tell their stories and unite the audience.
What made their performances even more powerful and emotional was the devastation of the Supreme Court confirmation vote, which occurred the same day just a few miles away on Capitol Hill. Maggie Rogers, Misterwives, Jessie Reyez and more spoke out, telling personal stories of sexual abuse, paying tribute to survivors, and sending strong, uplifting vibes throughout the crowd. “Survivors everywhere, we hear you, we see you, we believe you” spoke Misterwives lead singer Mandy Lee, as she stopped in the middle of the set to talk about the vote, and Maggie Rogers projected the powerful image of Dr. Christine Ford during her testimony the previous week.
The hype from Saturday carried over as the All Things Go Fall Classic entered into its final day. Bass-heavy, slower performances from Footsxcoles, snny, Cautious Clay, and Two Feet mixed with high-energy pop performances from The Aces, Betty Who, Misterwives, and Carly Rae Jepsen. Misterwives performed as a special guest, replacing BORNS, who was removed due to current allegations of sexual misconduct and grooming. Jepsen brought in the biggest crowd of the weekend with an energetic performance, and even brought out her famous sword.
As its fifth anniversary wraps up, we look back on how much the festival has grown since its transformation from online blog to major music festival. Since its beginnings, All Things Go has given itself a name by celebrating equality and innovation, turning itself much more than a festival, but a movement in and of itself.