GRAMMY-WINNING DUO TO PERFORM AT ATLANTA’S CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK ON SEPTEMBER 27
Public on-sale begins Wednesday, June 18 (10am EST)
June 13, 2014 – The ingenious and iconic duo, Outkast (Antwan “Big Boi” Patton and André “3000” Benjamin) will forever be associated with the city of Atlanta and now, they’re coming home #ATLast. The revered group has confirmed that they will curate and headline a homecoming show in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park on Saturday, September 27. Additional artists will be announced in coming weeks. The show’s supporting partners are Atlanta’s own V103 (WVEE FM), Creative Loafing, Rival Entertainment and Bowery Presents.
Public on-sale begins Wednesday, June 18 at 10am EST via Ticketmaster. Additionally, a dedicated website has been launched to provide the most current show information as additional announcements are made: www.outkastatlast.com
“It’s only right that we give the hometown what we’ve been giving the rest of the world, Atliens in ATL, homecoming! Festival Killers!,” said Big Boi.
“Coming from Atlanta gave us the freedom to be whatever we ever wanted to be because no one was paying attention. Now that everyone is, we want to say thank you,” said André 3000.
Currently headlining festivals around the world, Outkast is celebrating their 20th anniversary. Since the announcement of their return to the prod, much speculation has been made about whether the duo would eventually reveal plans to appropriately pay homage to their hometown. Now, the official confirmation has been made #ATLast.
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, they 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). He has also appeared in feature films Who’s Your Caddy and ATL. In addition to a long and eclectic range of guest performances, André 3000 appeared in Be Cool, Semi-Pro, Four Brothers, and the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic, JIMI: 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 began at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and continues with dates throughout the summer.
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