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Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Azealia Banks to Headline World Underground Festival in LIC’s Melrose Ballroom

Part of the World Underground 2018 lineup (via World Underground)

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

The World Underground Festival will take place at Melrose Ballroom, located at 36-08 33rd St. from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30.

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Looks like this went off without any shootings, stabbings, killings or rapes.
Sorry to disappoint all you sky is falling people.

Sectarins Be Gone

Not surprising to see the racists of Western Queens come out and unite in the comments section when an article about a minority pops up. You guy are disgraceful with your clichés, shame on you.


The comments were made because there was a shooting at the last Melrose hip hop party this past July. Stop race baiting!!!


To all the Melrose Ballroom neighbors – lock your doors and stay indoors……


Wow! I live near by and didn’t even hear about this shooting. I’ve seen many events held there ranging from Greek, Albanian, Spanish concerts, boxing matches, etc. I guess the hip hop events are the most dangerous.


Sounds like there will be a lot of career criminals in attendance.

…but enough about Trump’s next cabinet meeting. This sounds like a great concert.


August 30th headline will say “Police Investigating Shooting at Melrose Ballroom”.


I was thinking about heading down there with my acoustic guitar instrument and sharing songs and memories with the folks.

Shut this place down already !!!!!!!!

I betcha there will be a shooting and a stabbing at this shithole !!!!!


I don’t know what basis you have for calling this place a sh!thole – you don’t like the music? Or don’t like young people?
Not my type of music and I’m way out of the typical age group for clubbing but Melrose has been there for a long time now and I’m not aware of any issues other than people who insist on driving there and taking up some precious parking spots. The place isn’t even on a residential block (for now anyway) so it shouldn’t really be bothering neighbors.
Melrose hosts everything from rap and hip hop to artists who come from Greece to perform current hits from that country.
Too many haters.


I got the dates mixed up!! I will be home and plan on staying there while this is taking place!


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