By Jose Mujica
September 26, 2019
Charlotte’s Breakaway Festival will be hitting AvidXchange Music Factory October 4th and 5th. Since it’s inaugural event in 2017, Breakaway has brought some of the hottest current names in music to Charlotte. 2019 marks the three-year anniversary in the Queen City and Prime Social Group (PSG), the Ohio-based entertainment company, promises to raise the bar for this year’s party. As Charlotte’s national profile grows, so have our appetites for music, and Breakaway has catered the lineup to appeal to multiple genres.
Some of the biggest names in hip-hop and EDM will rock two stages throughout the two-day event. Friday will predominantly feature hip-hop acts, headlined by Future and Lil Baby.
Future needs no introduction. He’s been one of the leaders and innovators of the trap music explosion that has become the mainstream zeitgeist in hip-hop. Still riding the wave of success from his early 2019 No.1 album, Future Hndrxx Presents: The Wizrd, and his summer EP, Save Me, it’s safe to assume there’ll be plenty of new material to pair alongside his classic hits.
Co-headlining alongside the trap veteran is Lil Baby, a fresher face and new school champion of the trap music scene. The Quality Control artist made a splash with his breakout 2017 hit, “My Dawg,” and quickly rose through the ranks of obscurity. Alongside protégé, Gunna, Lil Baby released hit songs “Sold Out Dates” and “Drip Too Hard,” culminating in their joint 2018 mixtape, Drip Harder, building hype for his solo mixtape Street Gossip which dropped a month later. Still buzzing from his stellar 2018, he’s yet to release any new music in 2019, but Breakaway would be the perfect opportunity to tease new releases.
Other acts on Friday will include: Fisher, an australian producer, whose 2019 No.1 dance music hit “You Little Beauty” promises us the chance to show off some moves; Boogie, an LA rapper whose 2019 debut album, Everything’s For Sale, impressed critics and fans alike with his soulful, introspective and hard-hitting lyrics; French dance producer, Dombresky and DJ dance duo, Emogee, will rock the stages ensuring bassheads get their proper dose of earth-shaking drops; and Ducey Gold, a North Carolina rapper out of Greenville.
Saturday is EDM day as Illenium and Kaskade are due to headline the night. With Illenium’s latest album, Ascend, having just dropped in August, the Breakaway audience may be some of the first to experience some new tracks in his DJ set. Kaskade, another act who needs little introduction, has been a regular headliner at EDM fests for almost a decade now and for good reason. Every Kaskade show is unique but as consistently mind-bending as the last; his Breakaway performance should prove to be no different. Ekali will be there adding in his hypnotic, distorted, grimy EDM to the mix alongside Bryce Vine and Chelsea Cutler, who incorporate more singing/songwriting into their music stylings. DeathByRomy, Devious and Daniels Jack round out the Saturday acts, ensuring a night full of house music heaven.
Charlotte festival director, Preston Abernathy tells us 2019 Breakaway will offer plenty besides the musical acts on the main stage. A Silent Disco Stage will showcase some of the best local acts the Charlotte area has to offer. DOMii, recent winner of Charlotte’s Best DJ competition and regular DJ of Girls’ Room and House Werk, will be there to bless us with some heat, while Aurora artists Nat Black, James Wyler, and Alan Ospina are set to display their skills as well. Rest assured the “Silent Disco” name is not merely a title– a full-sized roller skating rink will also be there for patrons to enjoy. You’ll be able to point it out by the roller girls dressed as life-sized disco balls.
VIP ticket holders will be able to enjoy elevated luxury platforms: the Drai VIP sky deck and the QC Social VIP lounge. No more standing in a crowd behind a seven-foot tall giant blocking your view of the stage. VIPs will have plenty of places to sit and rest their legs, as well as bottle service.
Of course, no festival is complete without food and Breakaway has made sure there are plenty of options for attendees to choose from. A few that may ring some bells to local food truck enthusiasts are Lenny’s Press Box, Queen City Sliders, Dan’s Good Que and 225 Street Food among many others.
Morphis Art and Madeline Harbick will be live painting at the event and various art installations will be scattered around the event. From a living plant wall, murals and IG frames specifically designed to maximize your social media clout, attendees are advised to come prepared to flex on the Gram.
Vendors and sponsors will be present to sell their wares and give out goodies, so don’t forget to explore the grounds. Kandi Kid Kreations, Hoppin/Pinhouse, TopGolf, Deep Eddy Airstream, and Swisher Sweets, along with many others.
Even when the party is over, the night’s just getting started, especially with QC social lounge hosting the afterparties both nights. Summer is over, the semester has started and the holidays are still months away. Any excuse to bridge that gap and break the monotony is a welcome one, and Breakaway is shaping up to be the perfect opportunity.
In this article
- Charlotte Music
- AvidXchange Music Factory
- breakaway festival
- Bryce Vine
- Chelsea Cutler
- Deep Eddy Airstream
- Ducey Gold
- hip hop
- Kandi Kid Kreations
- Lil Baby
- Madeline Harbick
- Morphis Art
- music factory
- prime social
- QC Social
- Swisher Sweets