OutKast Festival Tour 2014: The complete map and price guide
OutKast is back. You knew that already -- the Atlanta hip-hop duo's return has been somewhat well documented. So much so, in fact, that there's a risk that you have come to underestimate this event. We want to first take a second to emphasize what's happening here.
From the "International Players Anthem" music video. Watch here. Three Stacks and Sir Luscious Left Foot, finally together again.
Let's simplify the problem by reminding everyone that the track represented in the screen cap above, "International Player's Anthem" is the last official release involving the joint project of Andre 3000 and Big Boi. The last one. It's a throw-away remix of a track produced by Three 6 Mafia and in collaboration with the South's hip-hop godfather, UGK (in one of Pimp C's last appearances as well, actually). And it's wonderful, maybe the most purely enjoyable song released in the last decade. It delights in language and sound and clarity in the way most of OutKast's best music does.
And this year, for the first time since 2006, the two great MCs will stand together on stages around the world and offer that delight once again. It's an unusual idea -- a reunion tour comprising entirely music festivals. But it's a great forum for a group such as this: A bonafide main event in any circumstance and a party-starter of unparalleled reliability.
Probably this isn't the last we'll hear from OutKast. Success on this festival tour will likely beget broader touring and maybe even new music. But who knows? Maybe it won't. There's no way to be sure this isn't your last chance to see one of the most universally compelling artists in any genre of the past 25 years. So we advise you make your way to one of these festivals. Here's a map and complete list of the options in chronological order to help you out.
The pins on this map are alphabetized in chronological order. So the red "A" is Coachella, OutKast's first scheduled stop, and that pink "Z" over in the UK is Bestival, its last. You may need to zoom out or drag the map to see all the festivals
Denver, it turns out, is among the least convenient places in the US and Western Europe for making your way to an OutKast festival. There are plenty on the coasts here and enough across the Atlantic. But if Colorado residents want to partake, they will need to embark on a pilgrimage. We've sought to help you do just that by finding flight and hotel costs for every one of the shows announced so far. You can peruse them below.
A few caveats:
-If the festival was within driving distance, we calculated gas cost instead. We assumed you were driving a 2001 Subaru Forester, because you live in Colorado.
-In all cases, we pursued the cheapest possible option. The idea here is to tell you what it will take to see OutKast -- the rest of the amenities and talent offered by these festivals are gravy. Because of this, we presented one-day pass costs when applicable, and assumed the travel and lodging associated with getting in the day before OuKast's set and leaving the day after.
-We did not include hotels or hostels with two or one star ratings. The cost of treatment for syphilis or whatever is greater than the savings you get there anyway.
-Some of these festivals are sold out. We included them anyway, with the original ticket costs, because there is a third-party market and presumably if you are a great OutKast fan you're smart enough to navigate them without getting hosed.
Colin Young-Wolff for LA Weekly. Slideshow.
Other notable artists: The Replacements, Queens of the Stone Age, Pharrell, Beck, etc.
Location: Indio, California
Date: Friday, April 11 or Friday, April 18
Ticket cost: $375 for a weekend pass (sold out, though, so you'll have to try your luck on StubHub or whatever)
Travel cost: $355.36 in gas money for a 2001 Subaru Forester
Lodging cost: $85 for a camping pass (sold out)
Total cost: $815.36
Other notable artists: Pretty Lights, Foster the People, J. Cole
Location: Kingston Downs, Georgia
Date: Sunday, April 27
Ticket cost: $75 advanced GA for Sunday
Travel cost: $276 round trip flight on Delta from Denver to Atlanta
Lodging cost: $110 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cartersville
Total cost: $461
*Cheapest way to see OutKast*
Festival: Big Guava Festival
Location: Tampa, Florida
Other notable artists: Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Cake
Date: Friday, May 2
Ticket cost: $65 single-day ticket
Travel cost: $337 round trip flight on US Airways
Lodging cost: $138 for two nights at the Howard Johnson in downtown Tampa
Total cost: $540
Festival: Hangout Music Festival
Other notable artists: The Black Keys, The Killers, QOTSA
Location: Gulf Shores, Alabama
Date: May 16 to 18 (schedule not yet announced)
Ticket cost: $229.00 for a three-day pass
Travel cost: $447 on American
Lodging cost: $266 in the Key West Inn in Foley, 15 min from festival
Total cost: $953
Festival:Sasquatch! Music Festival
Other notable artists: The National, QOTSA, MIA
Location: George, Washington
Date:May May 23 to 25 (schedule not yet announced)
Ticket cost: $325
Travel cost: $282 on united
Lodging cost: $0 (camping pass included in ticket price)
Total cost: $607
*Best venue at which to see OutKast. If you can't have Red Rocks...*
Festival:Bottle Rock Festival
Other notable artists: The Cure, Weezer, TV on the Radio
Location: Napa, California
Date: May 30 to June 1 (schedule not yet announced)
Ticket cost: $149 single-day pass
Travel cost: $304 on Delta
Lodging cost: $322 at the Staybridge Suites Fairbridge/Napa Valley
Total cost: $775