OUTKAST TO RETURN TO THE STAGE

GRAMMY-WINNING DUO PLANS FESTIVAL TOUR TO CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR UNIQUE AND INFLUENTIAL SOUND

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.

The seismic effects of their originality continued to be felt with each subsequent release and, globally, Outkast has sold more than 25 million albums. Their critically lauded, Platinum-Certified sophomore album ATLiens (1996) was one of the rare works of art to be appreciated for being ahead of its time, in its own time. The double-Platinum Aquemini (1998) and quadruple-Platinum Stankonia (2000) received the highest praises from the loftiest critics to the most dedicated of Hip Hop fans. Both albums were ultimately enshrined in Rolling Stone Magazine’s definitive list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2012. The Diamond-certified Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003) was not only a massive commercial success, it also earned six Grammys, including Album of the Year, making Outkast the first rap group ever to win the award in that coveted category. In 2006, the duo again pulled off the unexpected with Idlewild, a film that both members starred in and the accompanying soundtrack, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Big Boi and André 3000 are also frequent collaborators with a multitude of artists. In recent years, Big Boi has released two critically acclaimed solo albums, Luscious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty (2010) and Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (2013). André 3000 appeared in Be Cool, Semi-Pro, Four Brothers, and the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic, All Is By My Side. Benjamin’s own high-end clothing line, Benjamin Bixby, debuted in 2010, at which time GQ Magazine named him “Best New Designer of the Year.”

In January 2014, to celebrate Outkast’s 20th anniversary, the duo confirmed plans for a headlining festival tour that will begin Friday, April 11 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, then continue with dates throughout the spring and summer.

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Who is Outkast management out of curiosity or do you both retain separate management?

I have been a fan since the beginning...sophomore in hs...had the cassette single with Player's Ball on side A and Git Up, Git Out on side B!! Benz or Beamer from NJ Drive soundtrack, and was freshman at Morehouse when ATLiens dropped in August of 96!! Great to see you guys back!!! The world needs Outkast. Music hasn't been the same since you guys left. Definitely hoping you show up at Bonnaroo or Birthday Bash.....for old times say, do a block party at the AUC out the back of a Ryder Truck!!!!! Colder than a polar bear's toenails........

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I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU TWO!!!!I HAVE LISTENED TO YOUR MUSIC OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND IT NEVER GETS OLD. I never pay to go to a concert or festival, but to see you two I will travel far and my husband feels the same. When I told him about the tour I think he almost s*** his pants, as did I!!! We love you guys and cannot wait to see you live!!!!

I can not wait until I get to see them live!

We have loved you from the beginning, "wearing afros and braids, kicking them gansta vibes..." Please, please OUTKAST give us enough time to get tickets. I need to make special arrangements for my sister so please let us know as soon as you can. You are our BEATTLES and this means so much to us. True fans from the jump and all the way thru - Lisa and my sister Jeri "Pooh" <3

I cannot describe how I feel right now about the upcoming tour!!! I don't think you two understand how much you have been missed. I remember telling my friends that I don't care where you two are performing, but I will be at the next concert even if I am 90 years I will be there rockin' out!!! See you all soon!!!

You have never been to Heaven but you can come to OKLAHOMA!!!

Please come and play the historic Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma!!!!
It can be an unofficial tour stop on your way to TX!

*Insert James Brown "Please, Please, Please" here

Aww man, it's soo good to know you guys will be touring. I saw you in Ft. Lauderdale with my sister in law when I was in 10th grade 1998 if I recall. I was soo happy and had so much fun. LOL PLEASE COME TO Tampa. If you are in Florida I will be there! For Sure!

they did a christmas version of players ball just for christmas, anyone remember that!!. Laface records had a studio in Indy and they came out with a bunch of other acts and i just remember thinking i gotta get this track, that albumn. i never ride without Outkast in the trunk.

Oh, thank God! I thought I was going to die before I get to see you two perform together!!!!! Just set up a stage at the corner of Headland and Delowe and just shut East Point down for the day. We'll be there! Smile

We NEEDS, yes NEEDSSSSSSS to see y'all in DC. I have been dying for an Outkast reunion! #heavenonearth

If you could come to Saint Louis that would be AWESOME. My husband has wanted to go to an Outkast show FOREVER and that would be a great anniversary present :]

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Come to NZ. We loved BIG BOI, but the two of you together again would blow our minds. We love hip hop. We Love OUTKAST. We know all of your songs. Bring that Spottieottiedopaliscious to us!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please come to New Zealand. Big Boi your show was off the chain but it just wasn't the same without Andre. Y'all need to stick together and bring your asses to nz. We know hip hop and we love you!!

How do I get the festival I work for on the list? Orlando, Florida.

PLEASE SAY YOU'RE COMING TO RED ROCKS!