OutKast will headline the 2014
Black Entertainment Television is expected to make an official announcement Monday that the Atlanta duo will topline the festival’s rap-heavy showcase, which includes Rick Ross, ASAP Rocky and
When BET announced in March the first set of performers for the festival, which will be in its second year, the network teased a "very special hip-hop reunion you won't want to miss."
That reunion is OutKast, which recently ended a seven-year hiatus with a headlining slot at the
Coachella launched an extensive festival run for OutKast, which is marking the 20th anniversary of its 1994 debut, "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik." Gigs at more than 40 festivals include Governors Ball in New York, Sasquatch in Washington state, Drake's OVO Fest in Toronto, Wireless Festival in London and now the BET Experience at L.A. Live.
This year's festival, scheduled for June 27-29, will again include concerts, wellness seminars, celebrity panels, exhibits and a fan expo at multiple venues at L.A. Live. It's anchored by BET's annual award spectacle.
OutKast will close the following night's hip-hop-focused bill with Rick Ross, ASAP Rocky, K. Michelle, Ty Dolla Sign and August Alsina. DJ Khaled will host.
Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz and
Last year BET launched the festival. More than two years in the making, the BET Experience was a way for the network to expand its awards show and make L.A. a destination for urban music fans in search of a big-ticket event.
More than 100,000 flocked to L.A. Live last June to see Beyoncé,
In 2012, the network signed a deal with
VIP packages, priced between $1,095 and $4,395, include access to the awards show and the Staples Center series. Single-day tickets to the concerts are $59.50 to $149.50, and buyers can bundle the Staples Center series of shows for $199 to $399. The fan fest is free and open to the public at LA Convention Center, withno registration required.
More info, including ticket sales, can be found on the festival's site.