Twitter wants OutKast to perform at Soundset 2014

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Photo by Denis Jeong Plaster
Big Boi at Soundset 2011
The reunited OutKast have just unveiled non-specific plans to make everyone else in 2014 move to the back of the bus. Last week, Andre 3000 and Big Boi committed to headlining slots at Coachella and Governor's Ball, but a 2014 festival tour is now in the works to commemorate their 20th anniversary.

According to the duo's website, the tour would feature "over 40" festivals following the Coachella weekends (with the Replacements) in April. Even before, and especially after that announcement, social media started connecting the dots. Since 50 percent of OutKast hit the stage in 2011 via Big Boi, it would seem that the mighty Rhymesayers would take great interest in getting these two dope boys out for a player's ball in Shakopee.

See Also: Review: Soundset 2011 at Canterbury Park, 5/29/11

Here's a running Twitter tally of the excitement brewing:



After Snoop Dogg was the headlining act in 2013, Rhymesayers proved they were willing to open up their wallets wide to bring a new level of visibility to their yearly rap festival at Canterbury Park. It paid off as a reported 28,000 fans -- up from about 20k in previous years -- passed through the gates that day.

As for OutKast, the Grammy-winning duo are one of the most electrifying in the history of rap, in the history of live music, in the history of the universe. Gimme Noise saw them perform pre-Stankonia as a college-aged sprout in New York, and their interplay was so strong that the show could never be long enough to satiate the crowd of a few hundred. Multiply that by 3,000, and we get the level of anticipation surrounding these reunion gigs.

If OutKast is headlining Coachella, which is a much more expensive ticket than Soundset has ever been, we'll have to wait and see if the economics line up. Regardless, it's an exciting thought to imagine two of the guys who paired Prince's funky eclecticism with Atlanta-bred rap, and taught a generation of rappers how to stank for themselves coming back here. We'll find out in due time. Last year, the lineup came out in March, so be patient, y'all.

Here's a montage of Soundset 2011 featuring Big Boi:






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18 comments
Danielle Bieri
Danielle Bieri

I'm crossing my fingers for 50 Tyson and Justin Beiber

Kaylee Olson
Kaylee Olson

That would be *so much* better than just having Big Boi there. That was pretty lame!

howlongyoubeenfamous
howlongyoubeenfamous

Assuming OutKast is getting north of $2 million per appearance, drawing even 35,000 paying fans would still necessitate raising prices to ~$75 to pay all the other artists as well. I have no doubt that there are a ton of people who would pay $75 to see OutKast + others, especially if OutKast has limited other dates in the Midwest (maybe only Lollapalooza or something). It will be interesting to see if it works out but the economics just might not be in place for it to happen.

If the underground smellroad does roll through Shakopee I will feel a little bit bad about paying out the ass to see them at Coachella, but at least I was able to use frequent flier miles...

Here's hoping Rhymesayers can pull it off!

Jeffrey A. Koenen
Jeffrey A. Koenen

40 cities does give MN a good chance. Can I sit on your shoulders for a better view on April 11?

Gingerbread Jones
Gingerbread Jones

What the hell do you know Jeff? You are just a troll. Mn has just as good a music scene as Cali

Kevin Chheang
Kevin Chheang

Oh man. Thought never even crossed my mind. That would be so Awesome!

Jeffrey A. Koenen
Jeffrey A. Koenen

That's such a giant difference in festival size. It's a shame that we can't get Rivers River's Edge Music Festival back to have something like this. Maybe the Target Center or Xcel Energy Center can host.

solace
solace

@howlongyoubeenfamous  Outkast aren't getting that much for each of their 40 festival performances though... they're getting a pretty varied price dependent on the size of the festival.

ReedFischer
ReedFischer moderator

@howlongyoubeenfamous Yeah, this pretty much sums up the $ dilemma. Not sure if Taste of MN would have more clout, but this would be a much better fit.

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