We already heard about Coachella and Governors Ball, but it looks like OutKast will be headlining many more festivals this year. A post on the group’s official site announced that they’ll be a featured act at more than 40 music festivals this year as part of a twentieth anniversary tour. The dates are expected to continue throughout the spring and summer.
Here’s an excerpt:
Ingenious and iconic recording artists and performers, Antwan “Big Boi” Patton and André “3000″ Benjamin today announced via Outkast’s social media platforms that their return to the stage celebrating their 20th anniversary will include festival dates around the world. After headlining performances at Coachella in April, the influential group will be the marquee act at over 40 festivals around the world throughout the Spring/Summer of 2014 (dates to be announced).
“It’s truly an honor to celebrate 20 years and still be free to do music the way we choose,” said Big Boi. “Don’t just think outside the box, know that there is no box. I’m looking forward to rocking the stage with my Bro Ski and to all the fans – stank you smelly much, this is for y’all!”
“And imagine, all we wanted to do was rap! I am thankful to have been a part of a group that allowed me to explore anything that came to mind and have fun doing it. Returning to the stage together is the most exciting way for us to thank everyone for their 20 years of supporting Outkast,” said André 3000.
It is impossible to quantify the creative impact and influence of Grammy-Award winning rap duo, Outkast, or the work of its members, André “3000″ Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton. Together and individually, these Atlanta natives have set the bar for originality, blasting genre boundaries and combining mediums since their debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was released in 1994.
Read the full release here.
So, two things: (1) Big Boi and Andre must be making bank, and (2) it must be very awkward this morning around the offices of the small handful of festivals that didn’t book OutKast this year.