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This year’s stacked lineup was filled to the brim with a highly curated selection of acts including some of today’s biggest music performers and several exciting up-and-comers. One of the most anticipated acts Future, headlined this year’s two-day event, just before he going on to co-headline one of the most anticipated music events of the summer, The Summer Sixteen Tour, alongside hip-hop megastar Drake. Additional JMBLYA headliners, included rap duo Rae Sremmurd, who are scheduled to release their sophomore album, Sremmlife 2, this June; as well as one of today’s hottest DJs and producers, Carnage.
Louisiana-born rapper Kevin Gates, who recently released his debut album, Islah, this February to critical praise, also brought his flavor to the JMBLYA stage this past weekend. Additional acts included Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Kehlani; South Korean rapper Keith Ape; Canadian rapper Jazz Cartier; Noodles; Trill Sammy; Dice Soho; along with special guest Texas’ own Post Malone, who just released his highly anticipated debut mixtape, August 26, this past Friday. DJ Mr. Rogers and DJ Q provided support in Dallas, while DJ Mr. Rogers alongside DJ Hella Yella kept the crowd moving in Austin. Additionally, last year’s JMBLYA headliner, rapper Travis Scott, decided to make a surprise appearance in Austin to help close out the festival on Saturday night, which followed his opening set on Rihanna’s Anti Tour that took place at the Frank Erwin Center just minutes before his JMBLYA performance.
Fans at this year’s JMBLYA also experienced two brand new, much larger locations for the annual event. The tour kicked off in Dallas at the Coliseum at Fair Park with over 17,000 attendees, while over 10,000 ticket-buyers in Austin took part in the event’s return to downtown after a two-year absence at the Austin American-Statesman parking lot.
2016 also marked a further expansion of JMBLYA’s student education program in partnership with U Got This, which kicked off prior to the festival each morning. The program offered immersive training and experiential learning to several hundred high school and college students in underserved areas in Dallas and Austin, two of Texas’s largest school districts, students who otherwise lack academic and behavioral incentives or summer learning opportunities. Additionally, following the success of the Fair Park event in Dallas, up to 50 of these selected students from nearby Madison High School and Paul Quinn College will now participate in a customized high school summer program with the goal of throwing their own music event for the benefit of the Fair Park community and DISD students in the fall of 2016, under the guidance of both ScoreMore Shows and U Got This.
Since its inception in 2013, JMBLYA has always featured a highly curated lineup of artists that include both well-known chart-topping acts and up-and-coming performers, and this year was no different. Past acts at the festival include hip-hop performers Chance The Rapper, Big Boi, PartyNextDoor, and Earlwolf (special collaborative project with Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt of Odd Future), as well as well-known DJs and producers like RL Grime, Metro Boomin, Cashmere Cat, Baauer, Zeds Dead and Kaytranada.
JMBLYA would also like to thank their amazing 2016 partners, who include Red Bull and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
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