I Went to the First-Ever ’90s Fest’ and Lasted Exactly 90 Minutes


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The ’90s are back! Well, have been back for a couple years now, as any American who’s visited an Urban Outfitters or possesses rudimentary observational skills can tell you. The era’s inspired fashion, music, millions of Tumblr posts, and almost too many TV and movie reboots to count. As such, Nickelodeon soon plans to serve reheated childhood favorites on a new channel called The Splat, offering reruns of Rugrats, Rocko’s Modern Life and more classics guaranteed to re-animate your dead childhood entertain. The Splat officially launched its promo campaign on Saturday (September 12) and, by no wild coincidence, Nickelodeon was a highly visible sponsor of the first-ever 90s Fest held in Brooklyn that same day.

The 90s Fest took place in a bleak fenced-in lot in north Brooklyn, brightened by patches of Astro-Turf and inflatable plastic chairs (so 90s! so awkward to sit on!). It boasted sets from Coolio, Lisa Loeb, Blind Melon (minus original singer Shannon Hoon, who died of an overdose in 1995), Smash Mouth and Salt-N-Pepa. The video trailer for the festival features Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” from 1988, and the site‘s art includes a still from Britney’s 2000 “Oops!…I Did It Again,” so 90s Fest clearly aims to capture the ’90s as a general concept and isn’t super concerned with historical accuracy.

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