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The 11th annual A3C Music Festival & Conference kicks off this Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Atlanta, Ga., and like years past there is no other place to be for the next five days. And like every year, established artists, media personalities and up and coming hopefuls take over the city to soak in all of what A3C has to offer.

For many, the festival’s highlights are most likely the concerts from headliners such as the legendary De La Soul, Rakim, Wiz Khalifa, Cam’Ron and countless others. There’s also a series of seminars and discussions taking place throughout the day featuring industry insiders giving their take on the ins and outs of their respective career paths.

Here’s more from A3C’s website:

A3C Festival features 500+ performances over 5 days, while the Hip-Hop community ascends on Atlanta to experience, celebrate and discover the most legendary, talented and promising artists from across the US, and abroad. Artists are continuously added to A3C Festival line-up and every night features surprise performances. In other words, the A3C Festival is an amazing Hip-Hop experience like no other.

Festival Grounds

The A3C Festival Grounds is open Friday – Sunday and is located in the heart of the Old 4th Ward, along the new Atlanta Streetcar line, near the corner of Edgewood & Boulevard.

The Festival Grounds is ground zero of A3C Festival and home to A3C’s Outdoor Main Stage. For three days the Hip-Hop community gathers to enjoy and celebrate the biggest and best artists and DJs in Hip-Hop. The Festival Grounds also cultivates an incredible cultural experience featuring: Live Art, The Best Atlanta Food Trucks, Drinks, DJs, Picnic Area, Games, Streetwear Brands, Free Swag and much much more.

Festival Grounds Hours:

Friday = 4:00 – 11:00pm

Saturday = 2:00 – 11:00pm

Sunday = 2:00 – 9:00


A3C Showcases take place between Wednesday – Saturday at select venues along the Atlanta Streetcar line in the Old 4th Ward and East Atlanta Village.

There are over 50 showcases produced and presented by the leading brands, organizations, media networks, record labels, promoters and influencers in Hip-Hop. Showcases are selected by an A3C committee to represent a comprehensive geographic, cultural and historical overview of Hip-Hop music. Make sure you do your research and plan ahead so you don’t miss the next big superstar performing.

Best Block Party Ever

A3C Festival ends each year with the annual Best Block Party Ever featuring some of Hip-Hop’s most iconic performers at the Festival Grounds. The Best Block Party ever is our way of giving back to the community… entrance is free with a donation, or A3C Festival pass.

As we’ve seen in times past, the best way to approach A3C is to figure out where exactly in the city you want to be and post up, or soak up as many live acts and events you can in the allotted times. With so many options, it’s nearly impossible to hit up everything at A3C, however, festival organizers have made it easy to get around to the various venues and locations.

Enough yapping from us, because we’re sure with this introduction you’re ready to join the party. Tickets are still on sale, and can be purchased by following this link.

Additionally, A3C introduced an amazing mobile app for scheduling, attending events and general information for the festival and conference. Android users follow this link, while iPhone users should follow this link for the app.

Lastly, don’t forget to check out A3C’s social media channels, including their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Use the hashtag #A3C for further engagement.

See you there!

Photo: A3c