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Big Grams performs at Air + Style, held at EXPO Park at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA, USA on 21 February, 2016.

Air + Style Los Angeles took place in LA late last month and, as we recently covered, brought a special type of event to Southern California fusing music and sports into a large-scale weekend event. This week we take a closer look at the music that turns what could be just a sporting event into a one-of-a-kind festival.

Air + Style, staged by Shaun White Enterprises and hosted by White, is always a special treat to Los Angeles, which is home to many of the most talented musicians in the industry. White, who is a gold medalist and host of Air + Style, was seen hanging out backstage, listening to the music in the crowd and running around throughout the event that included an impressive line-up. From J.Cole to Kaskade, Incubus, Travis Barker (DJ & Drum set), Danny Brown, Big Grams, Gramatik, Rudimental, Migos, and Flatbush Zombies, attendees didn’t miss a beat.

Here’s some highlights of the performances that rocked the two-day event.

Day 1

Haim at Air + Style, held at EXPO Park at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA, USA on 20 February, 2016.Haim

After their Coachella debut in 2014 and touring with Taylor Swift on the 1989 tour, Haim was a treat to see on the main stage. They laid down a rock n’ roll set where the sister trio shredded on their guitars and enchanted the audience with their angelic voices.

A-Trak, an electro house, hip-hop producer, DJ, turntablist and owner of Fool’s Gold Records, also threw down a banging set on the main stage on Saturday.

Another treat was Action Bronson, hip-hop artist who is also well-known for hosting his own Munchies show “Fuck That’s Delicious!” where he food vlogs for his viewers. The rapper kept the audience engaged throughout his entire set, even when he took a taco break at the food vendors midway through.

J Cole performs at Air + Style, held at EXPO Park at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA, USA on 20 February, 2016.J.Cole

After the first rounds of the snowboarding competition, J.Cole closed out the main stage with a full set including all of his hits and a special cover of Notorious B.I.G.’s song “Hypnotize”.

Day 2

Kaskade performs at Air + Style, held at EXPO Park at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA, USA on 21 February, 2016.Kaskade

Day 1 felt like a great warm-up day for the festival, both in the snowboarding and music arenas. Getting into the festival groove and being on your feet constantly made for a sore Monday, but the soreness was definitely worth seeing Day 2’s lineup. Kaskade lit up the main stage with a firework show, Gramatik laid down a funky set, and Incubus closed out the festival with an energizing performance by this American alternative rock band.

Rudimental performs at Air + Style, held at EXPO Park at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA, USA on 21 February, 2016.Rudimental

My favorite set of the weekend was definitely by the British group, Rudimental. They played a funky house set ending with their hit with Ed Sheeran “Lay It All On Me”.

 

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Air + Style is always a fun event where there’s constantly something different to check out. Whether witnessing the world’s top snowboarding athletes compete in a big air competition or watching some of the top music acts perform in more intimate sets by festival standards, there is always something exciting to see.

Be sure to stay updated for 2017 news through Air + Style, and hope to see you all in Los Angeles again next year!

Photos courtesy of Air + Style LA.

 

About the author

Victoria Kobayashi

Victoria is a music and arts contributor reporting on live events and festivals happening throughout California. She was born and raised in Sacramento and recently graduated from the University of California, Davis, majoring in Design and minoring in Professional Writing. Her hobbies include browsing through fashion blogs, photography, listening to new music, thrift store shopping and going on weekend road trips. She's always down for an adventure and meeting new people.

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