The A3C Hip Hop Festival turns five in 2009, and it's going through some changes. Beginning this year, the three-day, multi-faceted celebration of hip-hop takes its three-ring circus of B-boys (and girls), rappers and DJs and heads to the East Atlanta Village.
For the past four years the fest was housed in the CW Midtown Music Complex, but last year the festival hosted a huge number of artists and 2009 could be even bigger. To accommodate the growing line-up and turnout, the festival will be spread across multiple venues within walking distance.
The Earl, 529, Cenci, and the East Atlanta Ice House have all been confirmed as venues, according to festival organizer Brian Knott.
The regular date in late March and early April has also been swapped out for a new slot in the fall (October 1-3). The move to October means no longer having to compete with SXSW, while giving organizers more time to shore up sponsors in a year when music festivals have already been hard hit.
A3C is open to new, unsigned talent. Artists hoping to perform can apply at: Sonicbids.com/a3c2009. Three-day passes will go on pre-sale in April, probably around the same time the A3Cfestival.com website gets going.
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