Anchor Fest 2016 Recap


The Hot Box was invited to take a trip to the Fairgrounds of Frederick, MD over the weekend for the 2016 Anchor Fest. With this being the second year, the festival took it a notch up by recruiting Soundcloud sensation Playboi Carti and emerging Philly artist Lil Uzi Vert. From noon to 10 p.m. night, the Frederick Fairgrounds was afilled with music from some of the game’s hottest up and coming artists including JK The Reaper, Butch Dawson, Ace Cosgrove, Austin Royale and many more.

Anchor Fest is steadily on its way to joining the likes of Trillectro and Broccoli City in becoming a major staple in the DMV’s growing music scene. The festival, which was created by three guys from Frederick, MD, has since grown from being a festival comprised of mainly local talent, to now attracting the likes Uzi and Cash Carti.

An Open Letter from Marc Enongene, organizer of Anchor Fest 2016

“This years Anchorfest will be very special because it’s going to be nothing like this city’s ever seen before. After the success of how the event went last year we decided to go big and really make an attempt at pushing culture here in Frederick. This years installment is a lot more diverse than last, as far as sounds go. That was something I really wanted to stress this time around. We’ve got arguably the hottest new hip hop artist in Lil Uzi Vert along with Playboicarti.


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Playboi Carti and Lil Uzi Vert had the fans raging, as we had to wait for almost an hour for them to perform due to technical difficulties. Playboi Carti eventually took the stage and the crowd was instantly on their feet. The Atlanta-based rapper, who is well known for a string of SoundCloud hits, had the crowd rapping his songs verbatim. From “Broke Boi” to “What,” Playboi nonetheless brought the party to the small town of Frederick, Maryland.

Next up was the Phily rapper Lil Uzi Vert, who followed in Carti’s footsteps by keeping the party going. Uzi performed everything from “Money Longer” to “All My Chains” to his new collaboration with Future titled “Too Much Sauce.” Uzi and Playboi were also accompanied by A$AP Bari and YG Addie, who made it known that A$AP Mob was in the building.

With year two being a major success, one can only imagine what next year has to hold for the Anchor Fest team. Thanks to three guys with a vision, Anchor Fest has taken major leaps in pushing the culture forward for the small town in Southern Maryland. They say “third time is a charm,” so we look forward to what’s next to come. In the meantime, watch our official recap courtesy of Refuse Society below.

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Previously: Roots Picnic 2016 Festival Recap

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