Even with the rollercoaster ride of headline changes, they finally sorted out the lineup with Toronto’s DVSN and celebrated Afrobeats singer Davido. Though many disappointed fans are still waiting for news regarding their refunds for the initial iteration of the show, others flocked to the Budweiser Stage. The new, larger venue for the Manifesto festival was packed, the energy was high, and attendees were enthusiastic for the night ahead.
Exceptionally guided by rapper and Juno Award-winner Charmaine alongside Tresor and DJ Killa Kels, the night was a melange of dancing, crooning and incredible Canadian talent. The selection of local artists was impeccable. Amaal, Dylan Sinclair, and my present musical obsession Tobi all came to show up and show out. But the vivacity hit another level in the venue when Toronto’s ‘hometown heroes’ DVSN hit the stage. While I still struggle with Daniel Daley’s lack of stage presence, I am a fan of their older tracks like “Too Deep,” “Miss Me,” and “Hallucinations,”—which were all covered. And, of course, they wrapped up their set with the controversial R&B track “If I Get Caught.” His performance was respectable, but it missed a particular something for me. However, judging by the excessive screaming and crowd participation, it’s safe to say that fans were more than pleased.
After the crowd chanted his name while techies tended to technical difficulties, Davido exploded on stage, delivering track after track. The spectators were very receptive, singing back to almost every song. Hands were waving from the stands, lyrics were flying, and Davido captivated everyone with his dazzling smile. He had everyone in his back pocket from “FIA” to “Fall” and beyond.
It sounded like everyone was ready, and they came to jam. Personally, it was a cool groove overall. But there was a vibe missing that I still can’t pinpoint. Nonetheless, all that matters is that everyone enjoyed the festivities. All in all, Manifesto certainly accomplished that feat and then some.
ByBlacks Rating System:
BBBB Extremely Good
B Don't bother going