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Detroit’s Mo Pop Festival was Mo Poppin’ than Ever

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30,000 festival goers in Detroit just got their jewels ran, peoples fostered, Tylers created, J’s alted, grams phantomed, and langes so-ed. (Three of those worked) Fun in the sun and shameless in the shade, Mo Pop Festival had a little somethin’ somethin’ for everyone in attendance. Whether it was Run the Jewels, “Burning this motherfucker down” and then giving a speech on how Killer Mike, “will punch you in the fucking face if you grope a girl” (which he should and would) or the lesser-known Canadian punk band PUP made things stranger in the best way possible (that’s also a reference to their ‘Sleep in the Heat’ music video) and provided the first of two dust storms. But hey, stop reading this and start looking at the pics, and okay I guess read the captions, but that’s the most reading you’re doing while on break because school’s out for summer. (Alice Cooper did not play at Mo Pop Festival.)

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Run the Jewels ran all over everyone’s jewels with a rap attack that would’ve left Doris Payne in awe. (Google her and you’ll get it.)

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Watch out Beyonce’, Lil sis Solange brought it harder than when she beat up your man.

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Even though we really wished Arkells was R. Kels (R. Kelly for you lames) they still made sweet legal rock’n’roll love to the crowd.

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Mondo Cozmo, just a bunch of handsome dudes playing catch pop-rock.

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Alt-J being adorkable and strobing the life out of the monster finale crowd with their poppy indie rock tunes.

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Tyler the Creator created a spectacle and one of the most hyped up crowds all weekend.

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Foster the People fostered some enjoyable diverse indie rock into the people’s ears.

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Vance Joy is just the cutest Australian in our modern life since Rocko.

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The “Cool Dude and Sexy Lady Playing Dope Music Award” goes to Phantogram!

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Step aside Childish Gambino, Amine brought raps so hot even your short shorts wouldn’t keep you cool.

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PUP a.k.a the politest punk band ever! (They’re Canadian so it makes sense.)

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The kids from School of Rock have more talent than 99.5% of the people attending Mo Pop!

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Woodward Movement Creative just upped the ante by live screen printing the Mo Pop badge on almost any article of clothing you desire, except dirty drawers, and yes someone asked.

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The only thing bizarre about this craft bazaar is how everyone didn’t end up spending all of their money under just this one tent.

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Oh, you know just playing Centipede and listening to Depeche Mode, ah to be young again.

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Big props to all the staff, promoters, vendors, and musicians, especially the dancing security guard during RTJ and Tyler!

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As Mo Pop bid us a good night, we all bid you a see you next year.

mo pop festivalmo pop festivalmo pop festivalAuthor’s Note: All really nice photos were taken by the world’s coolest professional performance photographer Kristen Drum. The rest, well… I  don’t see you taking photos now, do I?!

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Curtis Schabath

Curtis Schabath

Detroiter, dog dad, and down-to-earth dude. Living the creative lifestyle and crusading for quality causes all while adoring alliterations. You can trust 95% of what Curtis says and 100% of what he does. He can often be heard misquoting common idioms, his favorite; "Better safe than safari".