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Summer Walker, Ari Lennox to Headline Broccoli City 2022

Broccoli City Festival returns to RFK Festival Grounds in DC with appearances from 21 Savage, Ari Lennox, Gunna, Summer Walker and more.

With 94 days left until the 10th anniversary of Broccoli City Festival, the DC music fest has announced their official lineup for Blk Change Weekend. Held from May 6th-May 8th at RFK Festival Grounds in DC, BC Festival will be headlined by 21 SavageSummer WalkerGunna and Ari Lennox with Joyce WriceMuni LongTems and more slated to perform.

However, the announcement didn’t come without some controversy. Hours after the announcement, Wale went to Twitter to say he’s pulling out the show. There was social media chatter that the reason was because Wale wasn’t a headliner, but the rapper denied that claim, adding “Respect” was the reason why he was pulling out.

 

The 2022 edition of the festival will be held whether rain or shine after being cancelled for the past two years because of COVID concerns. This time, BC Festival is set to mobilize attendees, Black-owned companies and community organizations through racial equality during Blk Change Weekend.

“This year’s festival will be historic for many reasons,” said Brandon McEachern, co-founder of BC Fest according to Rated R&B. “Not only does BC Fest 22 represent a moment for celebration and reflection on all we’ve been through the past few years; it will anchor BLK Change Weekend, which is poised to be one of the biggest calls to actions for our generation in the world. We’re bringing together community and business leaders to celebrate our culture and work together to provide Black communities, students and young professionals with equitable resources and opportunities.”

“We are really excited to bring Broccoli City Festival back after a long 2-year hiatus. This brand is important, as it’s much bigger than just the announced artist lineup,” added Shawn Gee, president of Live Nation Urban. “The mobilization of Black people and corporations that are active in the community, the education, conversation, and connections that happen at Broccoli Con, and the overall celebration of black culture that happens throughout the weekend are the core tenants upon which we are building.”

Presale tickets for BC Festival are on sale now.

This story was updated on February 1st. 

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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