Agenda x Dew Tour
Agenda and Dew Tour: Name A More Iconic Duo, I’ll Wait
Hosted in Long Beach California, where Los Angeles and Orange County merge, Dew Tour and Agenda create the multimedia experience of the summer. This city which overflows with art and creativity, has produced a dense community of professional and semi-professional skateboarders - it only makes sense that Southern California’s most diverse skate competition would take place here.
Dew Tour is a skateboarding competition which has both professional competitors, as well as challenges that are open to the public. It is an event which cultivates community in the hectic skate scene and encourages individuality among viewers. All genders are encouraged to compete, all walks of life show up as attendees, and all are given free otter pops upon request.
Strategically placed around the premises are art installations including ‘Love + Guts’ and ‘Secret Walls’ which feature work by Luke Pelletier (who designed all 2018 Dew Tour merch), Robin Eisenberg, Lillipore, Steve Caballero, Pat Ngoho, Steve Olsen, and many many more.
But Dew Tour is only half of what took place this past weekend. This year, Agenda and Dew joined forces for a single grandiose event filled with art, innovation, music, creativity, fashion, and the best and most greasy food trucks Southern California has to offer.
Agenda is notorious for being a fashion expo. Roughly 500 vendors come each year to set up shop and promote their clothing lines as well as network with other buyers and sellers. The Long Beach convention center is packed with all your favorite labels and all your instagram crushes in one place. Live panels are hosted by Agenda staff on topics such as art installations, marketing, fashion, originality and the like.
This year we are joined by the creative masterminds behind Comedy Central’s Workaholics and Netflix’s Game Over, Man. Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson give us all insight on their creative process as well as insight on their rat infested home they lived in during the initial filming of Workaholics. They share what it was like to work with your best friends, promote your work, believe in your work, and fight off rats in your daily life.
And just when you thought this event couldn’t get better, a closing music festival put icing on top of this delicious chaos cake. 2018 is the second year thus far that Agenda has set aside a day to celebrate music by hosting a myriad of musicians to perform. Last year, the first Agenda Festival, was headlined by the ever-talented Tyler The Creator. This year, the lineup brings fresh talent to the scene as well as some crowd favorites.
The Orange County surf rockers, FIDLAR, make their screaming Agenda debut and cater nicely to the skate groms who are in town for this reason only. FIDLAR is shortly followed by everyone’s favorite boat, Lil Yachty. Lil Yachty surprised and entertained us all with his high energy level rap performance and the forced water fight (water provided to the crowd by Yachty himself). The Yachty experience was inclusive, interactive, and riddled with marijuana references that a true Long Beach resident would appreciate.
The 2018 Agenda headliner brings with them a lot of buzz as this past year has been extremely eventful for our new favorite boyband. LA’s own ‘Southside One Direction’, more formally known as BROCKHAMPTON, deliver the performance Agenda was praying for. With fake grass and a swing set on stage, the creativity behind these collaborative masters fits perfectly with the summer scene Agenda and Dew Tour have set. With such drive and outspoken social/ political views, it seems as though BROCKHAMPTON will remain unstoppable in their fields. And what better way to end Pride Month than with a predominantly queer rap group?
For BROCKHAMPTON, their talent exceeds expectation. Their unspoken language with one another during performance displays in each member a level of comradery and devotion to their work that is a rare find even in collaborative groups and boybands of the past. The Agenda crowd loves these boys almost as much as these boys love one another!
When next summer approaches, you do not want to miss out on what Dew Tour and Agenda have to offer. From art exhibits to live panel discussions and otter pops to on stage swings - it seems as though both Dew Tour and Agenda will only be expanding from here on out.
By Chloe Laughlin