Aug. 28, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
A music and arts festival will kick off in Long Island City tomorrow with dozens of performers and headliners including Raekwon, Dave East, Azealia Banks, and Ghostface Killah.
The event, titled the World Underground Festival, will take place at the Melrose Ballroom on Aug. 29 and Aug. 30, and also features conferences, gaming arcades, live art lounges, comedy shows, and an emcee battle split between the venue’s main hall and roof top.
Day one of the festival begins with a conference focusing on hip-hop and the arts, with speakers like Vanessa Satten, the editor-in-chief at XXL Magazine, J. Pablo, a writer for The Source and Vibe Magazine, and the owners behind the Quiet Lunch Magazine.
The evening marks the first concert night, and will be headlined by Dave East, the Harlem-based rapper, with a lineup of 10 more performers.
The following day will see the first round of the WRLD Emcee competition, where a host of competitors will freestyle in a bid to move on to the finals for a $10,000 prize.
Azealia Banks will lead the concert series for the evening, with 11 other artists scheduled to perform.
The last day of the festival will declare a winner for the emcee competition before leading into the final concert featuring Ghostface Killah and Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan, with five other acts also set to perform.
One-day ticket passes for any date are available for $100, with three day passes going for $200. Tickets are also available for concerts, only. The Dave East and Azealia Banks concerts are priced at $30, and Ghostface and Raekwon tickets go for $60.
The weekend event marks the first World Underground Festival, and is put on by TeamBackPacks, a west coast group known for organizing cyphers with independent and underground artists.
For more information, including a full musical line-up, events schedule, and tickets, visit www.worldunderground.com.
The World Underground Festival will take place at Melrose Ballroom, located at 36-08 33rd St. from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30.