Rowdiest Mosh Pit: Playboi Carti
Playboi Carti runs his shows like a cop directing traffic during rush hour, feeding the crowd a steady stream of instructions: "I need a motherfucking mosh pit to open up in the middle," the Atlanta MC yelled between almost every song of his Friday set in This Tent. "Open that motherfucker up!" Once fans were aligned properly, the DJ would cue up one of Carti's bludgeoning tracks – often produced with flair by Pi'erre Bourne – and the holes in the crowd would immediately disappear, filling with writhing bodies. The between-song breaks made for a choppy show, but they proved that Carti has perfected the art of inciting crowd mayhem: He barely rapped at all during his performance, and it barely mattered. It probably helped that Carti was the only young rapper on the Bonnaroo bill with a recent Top 40 hit. It immediately became clear, even before he hit the stage, that festival-goers were itching for more hip-hop from performers their own age: All Carti's DJ had to do to get the crowd moving was play a brief snippet of a track by Tay-K, and within seconds, the audience transformed into a seething mass of arms and legs. E.L.