PICS: Sun God Festival 2019 at UC San Diego

UC San Diego's annual Sun God Festival took over RIMAC Field this year with Vince Staples, Joji, Hayley Kiyoko and more.

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Chart-topping rap star Vince Staples headlined the April 27 festivities.
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As always, Sun God tickets are only available to the university's students. A limited number of tickets are made available for sale to UC San Diego graduate students -- but other than that, you're out of luck. Thankfully, our photographer Alex Matthews was able to get in and get these rad photos!
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A giant water slide was one of the biggest attractions at this year's Sun God. Wipeout!
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Staples, the Long Beach-based rapper, was just recently in town for his own headlining show at the Observatory North Park on April 2. Hey, when you live right up the road, why not come back to SD for a festival less than a month later?
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His headlining set was phenomenal, featuring performances of big hits like "Fun," "Run the Bands," "Feels Like Summer" and "Yeah Right."
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One of the most acclaimed artists in the hip-hop today, Staples brought boundless energy to Sun God's main stage.
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Staples released his third and latest studio album, the 22-minute-long "FM!," last year.
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The all-too-brief album is presented as a radio station takeover, featuring skits by famed LA radio host Big Boy, and received rave reviews upon its release -- as well as inclusion in year-end best-of lists by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Stereogum, NPR, Noisey, NME, Complex and more.
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Sun God attendees ate up Staples' eagerly anticipated performance -- with mosh pits rocking RIMAC Field throughout his 17-song set.
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Live art is just one of the many attractions during the fest! (A sloth astronaut!?! Where can we buy that!?)
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Joji, fka Filthy Frank, performed the penultimate set at Sun God.
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Born George Miller, Joji is a Japanese singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and former YouTube personality and comedian.
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Miller's start as an entertainer began on his now defunct YouTube channels, DizastaMusic, TooDamnFilthy, and TVFilthyFrank -- that consisted of rap songs, rants, extreme challenges, ukulele performances and a bizarre show titled "The Filthy Frank Show," with most of the main characters played by Miller, including the titular character.
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Miller's videos had widespread impact, including starting a viral dance craze known as the Harlem Shake, which was directly responsible for the debut of Baauer's "Harlem Shake" song atop the Billboard Hot 100.
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In December 2017, Miller retired from YouTube to focus on his music career, under the name Joji, producing more nuanced and serious music, releasing the EP "In Tongues" (which peaked at No. 58 on the Billboard 200), and his debut studio album "Ballads 1," which reached No. 1 on Billboard's top R&B and hip-hop chart late last year. Miller became the first Asian-born artist to accomplish that feat.
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When at Sun God...
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Dabbin' the day away.
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Hayley Kiyoko was also one of the marquee names on this year's lineup.
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The singer/actress released her debut studio album "Expectations" in 2018, with singles including "Sleepover", "Feelings", and "Curious."
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The album reached the top 20 of the charts in U.S., Canada and Australia.
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At the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, Kiyoko won the award for Push Artist of the Year and performed "Curious" on stage. Her Sun God set was nothing short of glorious and it'll be shocking if Kiyoko isn't headlining huge arenas on her own before long.
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Vancouver Island-based, Whipped Cream, aka Caroline Cecil, delivered a resounding hip-hop-influenced EDM set early on in the day.
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The Sun God audience, however, was still filling in during her performance. By the end of her show though, she had won 'em over.
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Her set featured remixes by Cardi B, Soulja Boy, XXXTentacion, Blueface, Kanye West, Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Calvin Harris and more.
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Opening the festival was the Woodland Hills-based rock band Hunny.
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Their debut full-length album "Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes." is out July 19 on Epitaph Records.
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The band's set was fun and a great way to kick off the fest.
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They even did a meet-and-greet after the show!
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Thanks for the memories, Sun God. We'll see ya next year!
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