2016 VIA Festival Preview

Published On October 5, 2016 | By Leah Kennedy | Music


Photo Creds: VIA 2015


Seven years ago, Pittsburgh’s own VIA Festival was born to unite creators and innovators in our city.

Since then, the annual citywide showcase has featured talented creatives and underground artists–from the 412 and beyond–within the vast realms of experimental music and art.

viaDuring the festival, several carefully curated pop-up events happen at various venues and creative spaces in the Burgh. Each space is utilized for a unique music and art collaboration; and each year brings more surprises and discoveries.

VIA kicks off for its seventh year running with a sizzling roster of raw talent, and it’s all going down this weekend.

In addition: festival founders Lauren Goshinski and Quinn Leonowicz have linked up with Pittsburgh’s premiere travel establishment, Ace Hotel, for a series of parties paired with exclusive deals for city locals…

via5Those who select the festival package at Ace will score free entry to this year’s main events and showcases in the gymnasium!

And those booking a VIP room at Ace can use the code “VIAVIP” at checkout for a room discount, plus two free tickets to that night’s event in the Gymnasium.

Read on for this year’s happening highlights so you can properly plan, pregame accordingly, and party through the weekend:

Chino Amobi, Rabit + Seth Graham

Thursday 10.06.16 || 9PM-1AM || 18+

Kick off your weekend with a dose of deconstructed club beats and expansive sounds, curated by Ohio music label and fringe record shop, Experimedia. Visual artist lineup from CMU’s Drama & Video/Media Design program to be announced!

ESG, Empress Of, Negative Gemini, Ghost Cop + Ginger Brooks Takahashi

Friday 10.07.16 || 9PM-2AM || 18+

Enter the Gymnasium for a soiree of soundscapes featuring a stacked lineup of post-punk legends, plus various up-and-comers in hybrid pop genres across the spectrum.

via3Rakim, Junglepussy, Juliana Huxtable, Lee Bannon, Abby, Anthony Dicap + Fee Lion

Saturday 10.08.16 || 9PM-2AM || 18+

Get inside access to live performances from current and upcoming legends in the realms of hip hop and future club sounds. Artist Rakim will perform his full-length album, “Paid in Full,” in Ace’s gym; while NYC party crew SHOCK VALUE takes over the Ballroom upstairs. (Visuals TBA!)

Closing Party: Ben UFO + surprise guest

Sunday 10.09.16 || 4PM-midnight ||  21+

Send off your Sunday with revered UK legend, Ben UFO, who brings his experimental mixing style to the decks, alongside a few PGH favorites and additional surprise guests.

Be sure to book your room in advance to take advantage of this weekend’s sweet perks; and check out the full schedule of events happening October 6-9 on VIA’s event page.

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