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Breakaway Festival Launches in Ohio and Texas With Wu-Tang, Kendrick Lamar, and More

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Wu-Tang Clan, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Empire of the Sun, Bassnectar, and Ra Ra Riot will all hit the stage during the first-ever Breakaway Music Festival, happening this fall. The inaugural showcase will be spread across two Saturdays and take place in two different arenas: The first event is set for September 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, and the second is booked for September 21 at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Both engagements blend hip-hop, EDM, and rock, but with different lineups. The roster for the September 14 event includes: Kendrick Lamar, Bassnectar, Empire of the Sun, ScHoolboy Q, Twenty One Pilots, Porter Robinson,  Juicy J, Tokyo Police Club, Robert DeLong, LA Riots, the Knocks, Shreddie Mercury, Stalley, Topher Jones, American Authors, Forest & the Evergreens, Post Coma Network, Jared Mahone, EV, DJ D-LO, Evan Oberla Project, Kid Runner, CJ the DJ, Freaky Franz, and DJ Corrupt. 

The September 21 bill includes: Wu-Tang Clan, Empire of the Sun, Big Gigantic, Matt & Kim, Explosions in the Sky, Juicy J, Ra Ra Riot, Danny Avila, Crizzly, Lil Twist, Booty Fade, Dark Rooms, Oil Boom, and Yeahdef. More artists will be added to both dates in the coming weeks. 

Ticket presale offers begin June 18 at 11 a.m. EST. General sales start June 21 at 11 a.m. EST. Regular passes start at $49, while VIP access costs $119. 

Breakaway is being produced by Columbus-based promoters Prime Social Group. Adam Lynn, co-founder of Prime Social, told Billboard that he expects the festival to expand to more days and more cities in the years to come. “The idea here is to not keep these as single-day events, but the first year made sense to do it just on the Saturday,” he said. “By 2014 and 2015, we expect two- and three-day events for both markets. We are going to build this brand year by year until we believe it can sustain a multi-day.”