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X Games Aspen [PHOTOS & REVIEW]

X Games Aspen [PHOTOS & REVIEW]

Written by Fatima Hasan, Photography by Fatima Hasan

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X Games Aspen 2019 was absolutely wild, and now that we’ve had some time to think back on our time at Buttermilk Mountain, we can honestly say this event was one of the most memorable we’ve had the pleasure of attending.

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Let’s be real — what’s better than fresh mountain air, good music, and high-flying, high-intensity, extreme sports competitions? The X Games is known for bringing in some of the most talented, driven, and dedicated athletes in the world, and it was no different this year for its 18th installment in Aspen, Colorado.

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This year was particularly special because, for the first time in X Games history, every single one of the daily concerts sold out. On Friday, Lil Wayne hit the stage and hyped up the crowd for the rest of the weekend’s festivities. Saturday featured performances by Louis the Child and The Chainsmokers. We also finished off Sunday with a bang as we grooved out with Kygo! Throughout the years, the X Games concert series has taken on an increasingly fundamental role and has become a essential component to the world renowned sports event. Light, sound, and stage production quality for these shows were spot on, with pyro and CO2 blasters as added bonuses!

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As we shuttled from Aspen to Buttermilk, it was apparent that tons of sports fans were also extremely excited for performances by Lil Wayne, Louis The Child, The Chainsmokers, and Kygo over the weekend at Buttermilk, Belly Up, and Bootsy Bellows. Aside from the music, winter sports like skiing / snowboarding, athlete signings, and “mini” dance parties were held across the mountain to keep attendees entertained all day and night!

 

LIL WAYNE

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Lil Wayne kicked off the X Games concert series right on Friday night as he energetically hopped on stage, letting out a laugh as he proclaimed “It’s f***ing cold out!”. Although he instantaneously made the crowd roar, he did get serious for a moment as he spoke out to the audience. He expressed his gratitude for his fans for a few humbling moments, exclaiming that “he ain’t shit without [us].” This was the first time I’ve seen Lil Wayne live, and he honestly blew me away. Throughout his performance, he dropped some of his most well-known material while showcasing his newest work on Tha Carter V.

I really didn’t expect to experience Lil Wayne performing with a live band comprised of drums, guitar, bass, and keys. DJ T. Lewis went with the flow too, so that entire ensemble was a great surprise at the show. Lil Wayne was able to throw down his rhymes, seamlessly integrating into the instruments and hard-hitting beats — impressive to say the least.

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LOUIS THE CHILD

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Back in 2018, Louis the Child was the first act ever to sell out an afternoon X Games show. To no surprise, Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett (aka Louis the Child) were invited back to perform in 2019, and again, they took the stage by storm. They are a wildly energetic duo, and I truly love how they can so easily hop between genres throughout a set. I was absolutely psyched to check them out at the X Games since their most recent EP release: Kids At Play.

Louis the Child is originally from Chicago so we have a ton of support for these guys. They’ve proven on countless occasions that they can think outside the box and continuously charm as producers and performers!

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THE CHAINSMOKERS

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The Chainsmokers have become some of the most talked about artists in electronic music. Many fans anticipated their newest release, “Sick Boy…Siren,” which was put out in late 2018. It was awesome seeing thousands of dedicated attendees pile into the concert area at Buttermilk for this performance on Saturday night!

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KYGO

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Kygo returned to the X Games to finish off the weekend strong just as he did back in 2016! The Norwegian producer gleamed in the sun on Sunday afternoon, and his performance was hands down an incredible way to end the weekend. As a surprise, Kygo also brought out the talented vocalist Justin Jesso for a short performance of “Firestone,” — needless to say, this hour and a half set flew by. Additionally, Kygo threw in some classic tunes by Marvin Gaye, Tiësto, and Avicii that made the whole crowd dance along. My favorite part of the afternoon was toward the end of his set when he unexpectedly started mixing into some really energetic deep house tracks! Throughout his set, Kygo had the biggest smile on his face that truly demonstrated how elated he was to be back at the X Games in beautiful Colorado.

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