In this golden age of the massive musical gathering, the line between festivals and parties gets blurrier all the time, particularly on college campuses. Here’s two ways to rage this week while experiencing a spectrum of sounds.
History: Eight years ago, Ohio University seniors Dominic Petrozzi and Tim Kehoe threw a school-year-ending bash called One Fest. After Kehoe headed overseas, Petrozzi kept the party going every year —Two Fest, Three Fest, et al — and watched it expand into one of the dominant college parties in the Midwest. After this spring’s wildly successful 9Fest, the event is moving to autumn to account for OU’s switch to semesters.
Highlights: Three 6 Mafia leader-turned-Taylor Gang associate Juicy J is arguably the biggest name to appear at this event. Any one of the fleet of top Columbus rappers (Vada, P. Blackk, Hodgie Street, Cal Scruby) could someday surpass him.
Who else: 3LAU, Krewella, Coyote Kisses, roeVy, Digiraatii, CJ the DJ, Jean P, Hawkeye, DJ Corrupt, Dave Rave.
How much: $30 general admission, $50 VIP.
Ha ha: #FEST is a hashtag too, get it?
History: Rap crew Official Boiz, a Dayton-to-Columbus transplant, is throwing a multi-genre bash at Long Street District with these stated goals: “to bring the top aspiring artists together to market, network and most of all party!!!”
Highlights: Cleveland mixtape DJ/radio personality/party rocker DjEV, whom rapper Freaky Franz rightly dubbed “the Don Draper” of Ohio DJs, adds international appeal to Thursday’s lineup. (He played London with MGK on Tuesday.) Tezo, also from Cleveland, is a rising star in his city. Cincinnati’s The Natives do live hip-hop right.
Who else: DJBANDCAMP, DJ Giovanny, Bruni, DJ Durl, DJ Utayum, CJ the DJ, DJ Case, Grind Time Central, Doe Boy, Inklyfe, Audaxis, TrinityGold, The Ken & Barbie Show of LA Confidential/DJ Dollz, J-Abercrombie, Centerfold, Official Boiz, Flam Feeva, TrenSett, Shellz, RMG, Valley High.
How much: $10 presale, $15 at the door.
Ha ha: This event’s motto is “Get drunk, be somebody.”