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A3C 2013 goes big! 

Atlanta's homegrown hip-hop fest takes on the world

IN THE PIT: Last year, approximately 25,000 people attended A3C. This year, festival organizers are anticipating between 35,000-40,000.

Brandon English

IN THE PIT: Last year, approximately 25,000 people attended A3C. This year, festival organizers are anticipating between 35,000-40,000.

This year A3C is going big. For the ninth annual event taking place Oct. 2-6, some of hip-hop's heaviest hitters, including Questlove, Ghostface Killah, Schoolboy Q, Talib Kweli, 2 Chainz, Madlib, and hundreds more MCs and DJs from the East Coast, West Coast, and Third Coast are converging for a five-day marathon of true-school hip-hop happenings across the city. What started out as an underground mini-fest eight years ago has morphed into what is undoubtedly the largest hip-hop gathering in the country, and possibly the world.

Legends and newcomers alike are stacked high on this year's bill that features nearly 500 acts. The sheer volume of talent almost doubles last year's impressive roster of 300 acts. Last year's performances were mostly confined to the Masquerade's three indoor stages. But this year the homegrown music fest is expanding into about 25 venues in five neighborhoods...MORE


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