After Beyonce changed the game with her headlining performance last year, it was no wonder that Gambino wanted to give fans “an experience” that was “something special,” he said early in his set. And there’s no doubting he delivered.
“This is not a concert. This is church,” Gambino proclaimed as he took the stage around 11:30 p.m., towering over fans on a raised structure in the middle of the audience.
During his 90-minute set, the Grammy winner tore through hits like “Feels Like Summer” and an especially dazzling rendition of “This Is America.” He also performed older songs like “Sober” and “3005” to the delight of fans. The musician also debuted a new song, which was performed with an all-black choir.
Later, his show took a brief sombre turn, when he paid tribute to musicians Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed outside his store at the end of March, as well as his father, Donald Glover Sr., who died late last year. “I lost my dad this year. We lost Nipsey, we lost Mac [Miller],” Gambino was heard saying.