Break­out Fes­ti­val 2018

Vancouver Magazine - - City In Brief -

De­spite hip-hop and R&B becoming the dom­i­nant forces of pop­u­lar mu­sic (a 2017 Nielsen study re­ported that they ac­count for 25 per­cent of all mu­sic con­sumed in the U. S.), the gen­res were un­der-rep­re­sented in this city’s live mu­sic scene—par­tic­u­larly in terms of up-and- com­ing lo­cal tal­ent. So Van­cou­verite Johnny Black took ac­tion: he es­tab­lished pro­mo­tions com­pany Crescendo1 in 2015 for the ex­press pur­pose of putting on all-ages shows (at Granville Is­land’s Red Gate Re­vue Stage and the now-shut­tered Alexan­der Gas­town) and sup­port­ing the mu­sic on­line. And now he’s teamed up with veteran con­cert pro­moter Tim­bre Pro­duc­tions to mount Vancouver’s first ex­clu­sively hip-hop/r&b fes­ti­val since Rock the Bells in 2009. In ad­di­tion to host­ing many of the homegrown acts Black has been boost­ing over the past few years, the two- day fest boasts chart-top­ping Ge­or­gia trio Mi­gos, Drake ri­val (and fel­low Toron­to­nian) Tory Lanez and New York City-based A Boo­gie wit da Hoodie, plus DJS, a food-truck area, ac­cess to Play­land and more. —Michael White

The Deets Date: June 9 and 10 Venue: PNE Am­phithe­atre Price: $99 to $269 break­out-fes­ti­val.com Mi­gos

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