US President Barack Obama held the first festival to be staged at The White House on Monday (October 3), with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, The Lumineers and the Stranger Things kids in attendance.
‘South By South Lawn’ was held in the grounds of The White House in Washington, DC, organised with the makers of the annual Austin, Texas music industry festival South By Southwest.
As well as The Lumineers, Common, The Dap Kings and Gallant also performed. There was also a preview screening of Before The Flood, the documentary about climate change directed by DiCaprio. The actor-director also held a talk about the movie and the problem of global warming.
See photos and footage from the event below.
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Although South By South Lawn is the first public festival to be held at The White House, Obama has regularly invited musicians to play at his official residence. Most recently, his summer barbeque for Independence Day on July 4 featured sets by Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monae.
It’s thought that, if the festival proves to be a success, it will become an annual event, though neither Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump has confirmed if it will be part of their plans.