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So What Music Festival Day 3: Waka Flocka Flame steals the show; stellar sets by The Maine, Juicy J, more close out wild Texas weekend

Memorial Day Weekend at Choctaw Stadium seemed to pass in the blink of an eye as we began the last day of So What Music Festival on Sunday. With so many incredible artists already featured during the first two days, there were even more to come. Each stage boasted impressive lineups and Atlas spent the last day running to catch all of our favorites. 

Check out the best moments from day three of So What Music Festival!

Pop Punk and Ultimate Throwbacks

The theme of 2022 is throwback and So What provided in spades. What better way to kick things off than with The Ready Set? As energetic as ever, Jordan Witzigreuter delivered a setlist that had all the MySpace millennials jumping and singing to “Killer”, “Love Like Woe” and “Give Me Your Hand”. 

The fest also delivered the best of today’s pop punk offerings, with sets by State Champs and the heartthrobs in Grayscale after the sun went down. State Champs had a special Jackass appearance before singer Derek Discanio jumped down to be with the hordes of excited fans. Of course, Grayscale charmed everyone with their good looks but stayed for their incredible music. New single “Motown” elicited some of the loudest screams of the entire day.

8123 Takeover

Our Arizona boys in The Maine played the most perfect golden hour set to a massive crowd of devotees. Singer John O’Callaghan encouraged everyone’s wacky antics- from showing off their best dance moves to inviting a fan onstage to play the chorus of “Taxi”. Their momentum has only grown over the last few months and there was no better way to show that off than performing “Loved You a Little” with Charlotte Sands- their biggest hit to date. As the sun finally started to set, The Maine closed things out with “Black Butterflies and Deja Vu”, the ultimate serotonin booster.

Waka Flocka Steals the Show

While The Maine was performing to a huge crowd, the rap fans at the fest headed around the corner to catch Waka Flocka Flame. The prolific rapper and his hype man Loudiene pumped up the growing audience before both jumped into the sea of fans to party right alongside them. No one could deny the pure energy and sense of fun both rappers brought to the stage and Waka Flocka definitely won scene stealer of the day.

Chase Atlantic’s Technical Difficulties

Darkness fell, fog was dispensed and a crowd of people along the barricade finally reached the moment they’d been waiting for all day. Unfortunately, a string of technical difficulties marred what was supposed to be Chase Atlantic’s exciting mainstage support slot. Still, the Aussie group managed a few songs before a disappointing exit.

Flow’s Backyard Closes So What Fest

Hip hop ruled day three and the rap stage closed out the entire weekend with a massive pair of sets by Juicy J and 2Chainz. After Waka Flocka Flame got the audience properly warmed up, Juicy J strutted out to prove that we all know far more of his music than we could have thought. 

No one was ready for the weekend to end so the fest chose 2Chainz to send things off in spectacular fashion. With massive production and stellar stage presence, the rapper more than earned his headlining slot. Fans from other stages made their way to watch the final performance as the comeback year for So What Music Festival ended in style.

We’ve got all the photos from day three of the fest!

Story and photos by Olivia Khiel

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