At 5:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, the doors to White Oak Music Hall’s outdoor lawn opened for the highly anticipated A$AP Mob – Too Cozy Tour performance. This set marked the halfway point in the group’s 20-show North American tour. It happened to fall (almost) on a very special day for one of the members; A$AP Ferg’s birthday (10/20/17). Unbeknownst to A$AP Ferg and certainly to the audience, members of A$AP Mob coordinated a brief celebration for their fellow comrade featuring a birthday cake, A$AP Ferg’s mother and a very brief rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
The night began with solo performances from some of the group’s lesser-known members like A$AP Twelvyy and ASAP Nast, but slowly built up to the ultimate collaboration featuring all of the A$AP Mob crew on stage, performing hits from their latest album “Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy.” Unfortunately for some, while the openers performed, the crowd flourished considerably, causing the lawn to become so crowded that fans grew weary and uncomfortable. Although temperatures dropped throughout the city this week, the body heat produced by anxious fans dancing and congregating in such close proximity posed a bit too much for some to handle. Several fans fainted throughout the opening performances and had to be escorted out of the crowd in order to recover. Even during the closing set, at which point temperatures had dropped even more, the performers noticed struggling fans and offered waters to the crowd in an effort to provide some relief.
Despite the heat and discomfort felt by many, the majority of the audience was filled with energy and a willingness to brave the heat. From a bird’s eye view, watching A$AP Mob command the crowd was an incredible sight. Responding to chants like “hands up, hands up, hands up,” concert clichés like “put your lighters up” and shouts of “jump, jump, jump,” the audience partook in nearly every command emanating from the performers. Mosh pits were highly encouraged and became almost non-stop throughout A$AP Mob’s performance. At one point, A$AP Rocky attempted to join the rowdy audience by jumping into the crowd with the hopes of being “surfed” out to a mosh pit. To his disappointment, however, eager fans simply brought the performer to the ground and nearly trampled him. Seeing this, security guards then jumped into the audience and dragged the performer from the claws of clingy fans.
The performance concluded shortly before 10 p.m. and was followed by a free set from fan-favorite, MadeinTYO, inside the venue.