Wait no longer – Austin’s first-ever hip-hop festival is here. Presented by Austin Mic Exchange, the Weird City Hip-Hop Festival evolved from just an idea shared between local rap acts to a successful Indiegogo campaign. Now, the vision has come to life with the help of hundreds of “hip-hop heads,” who donated to the Weird City crowd-funding campaign in hopes of bringing Austin a hip-hop-exclusive line-up. With musical acts from all across the country, and, of course, a plethora of Austin’s own established hip-hop artists, Weird City Fest is due to bring three days of authentic hip-hop culture to the Red River Cultural District.
Big names set to take over stages across six venues include New York rap royalty Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae, Detroit producer and MC Black Milk, LA underground hip-hop group Dilated Peoples, and Dallas duo A.Dd+. Local favorites League of Extraordinary G’z, Riders Against the Storm, Phranchyze, and KB the BooBonic are also set to take stage over the weekend. Magna Carda, featuring LGBT rap artist and L Style G Style’s own Megz Tillman, will also be performing at the inaugural hip-hop festival.
In addition to a refreshing dose of hip-hop, Weird City Festival sets in motion Friday with a kick-off party highlighting live showcases from Spratx, and Saturday, Kids Rap Camp gets underway with Dub Academy, a non-profit school for the Electronic Arts. Tickets for shows can be purchased in advance or at the door.
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