#FEST is The Premier College Music Festival Experience. Established in 2004 at Ohio University, #FEST has grown to become the biggest and best Collegiate Music Festival in the United States. For the last decade, #FEST has helped launch some of today's brightest music stars to new heights. Based in Athens, OH, the ambiance and culture surrounding #FEST and the community in which the Festival was founded creates a once in a lifetime experience for all in attendance. #FEST is like no other college party in the country. Our mission is based around providing the best music and entertainment possible for lowest price possible. With our one of a kind BYOB format, this is as Woodstock as it gets, or so says the 15,000 plus in attendance every year. Prepare yourself for a day full of fun, sun and memories that will last well beyond your days on campus.

"Being out in front of people and just being 'The Man'" might sound like a vague and ridiculous dream to have, but for Cameron Thomaz it might be the most appropriate thought to cross any mind. Better known as Wiz Khalifa, the son of two military parents has always had his eye on being a new standard by which cool is measured. Rapping since the third grade and starting to record music at 14 was probably a step in the right direction. The next best move? Inking a deal to Rostrum Records after a meeting with Benjy Grinberg.

Fresh out of high school, it was time to either sink or swim. In 2005 Wiz released his first mixtape, "Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania." The mixtape was quickly accepted by the local scene and began to gain buzz outside of Pittsburgh. With that excitement growing by the day, it was the perfect time for a proper commercial album. Wiz soon dropped "Show and Prove," which Okayplayer.com claimed was "arguably the best album of the year." The accolades began piling up and Khalifa was receiving significant co-signs from XXL, Rolling Stone, and VIBE, alike. A deal with Warner Bros. Records soon followed.

"Making music is about having an impact," exclaims DJ Carnage.

It's easy to feel the impact on every track the Los Angeles-based artist produces or remixes. With a versatile mindset and deft approach, he siphons electro, hip hop, pop, and trap into an intoxicating brew unlike anything out there. It's dirty, defiant, and diverse.

Carnage embraced music at a very young age. Before moving to the suburbs of Maryland, he grew up in Nicaragua and Guatemala. It gave him an international consciousness and perspective at a young age that would pervade his art. In order to get through long car rides with his mom, he'd make mix CDs of everything from Kanye West to Michael Jackson, and they'd listen to them together. It was with mom's encouragement that he began actually building his own tracks.

He recalls, "It's funny because one day my mom was like, 'Why don't you make your own beats?' I'd never thought of it before, so she bought me Fruity Loops. From there, I just got hooked."

He carved out a sizable local following in Maryland, slinging independent mixtapes and solidifying an online presence. Niles from The Cataracs actually stumbled upon his MySpace page and immediately became a fan. Their correspondence turned into a creative partnership and led to Carnage's signing with Indie Pop.

One of his first projects under that banner was a tripped-out and captivating remix of Yuna's "Live Your Life". Soon, Tiesto began spinning the cut on his popular Club Life podcast, while Paul Oakenfold inserted it into regular rotation on his radio show, Planet Perfecto. Carnage began turning heads. His "Festival Trap" remix of Hardwell's "Spaceman" soon exceeded 100k plays on Soundcloud, and he teamed up with Theophilus London and ASAP Rocky for the 2012 single, "Big Spender", and he co-produced The Cataracs "All You", featuring Waka Flocka Flame and Kaskade.

Everything simply laid the groundwork for the release of his proper debut, "Bang", on Fool's Gold though. It's an incendiary instrumental with a big hip hop bounce and a dubstep drop at just the right moment. "It's really massive," he enthuses. "It's a rap record with a huge drop. You never hear that kind of climax in hip hop or trap records. It's the perfect introduction to who I am because it touches on so many genres."

The single's B-side is a grimy and guttural gem that sees him collaborate with 15-year-old Chicago underground rap sensation, Katie Got Bandz. It's bound to get the internet going crazy.

There's nothing quite like seeing Carnage live though. Every show explodes based off his hyperkinetic energy and formidable presence. He's rocked stages at Nocturnal Wonderland, Electric Daisy Carnival, Coachella, and more as well as performing alongside Borgore, A-Trak, The Cataracs, and countless others.

"I'm a big black guy who loves to rage," he chuckles. "I'm not what you expect. I feed off the crowd and go for it."

That's why Carnage's impact will be felt for a long time to come.

Metro-Detroit native Grant Kwiecinski (born May 31st, 1990) better know by his stage name "GRiZ" is
an independent American electronic music artist. Begging his career as a classically trained Alto
Saxophone and piano player he was attracted to electronic music production at the young age of 14
with a spiked interest in the workings of hip-hop instrumentals and his exposure to IDM (intelligent
dance music).
Stylistically, GRiZ creates bass infused hip-hop, electro soul, and future funk sounding productions
often accompanied by the live performance and recording of his Alto Saxophone and the use of an
array of vinyl samples.
GRiZ debuted his first full-length album late summer on Sept 4th '12 titled "Mad Liberation" that has
garnered him major buzz and exposure worldwide, racking up over 40,000+ downloads within it's first
2 weeks of being released, all organically.
2012 has proven that GRiZ is not a name to forget. With the summer being filled with some huge
festival performances including some notable plays at Electric Forest, Coachella, Movement (Detroit
Electronic Music Festival), and Summer Set. He also joined Gramatik for his Digital Freedom tour, as
well as some spread-out small headline dates in the mix. Fall 2012 for GRiZ looks to be pretty eventful,
jumping on Big Gigantic and Bassnectar's tours, then off playing a small run of his own intimate
headline shows across the nation.
Vinyl lover, people hugger

Vic Mensa

Vic Mensa is 19 years old, but it is clear as soon as his unique sound hits that Vic is a veteran in the booth. Not many high schoolers claim a delivery that can shut down live venues yet simultaneously challenge even the most avid hip hop heads lyrical standards.

His first project, the EP "Straight Up," was released as a Ruby Hornet exclusive and has garnered significant buzz across the internet. Vic is a true student of the game and his commitment to uncompromising creativity on the mic is a refreshing change from the watered down acts that are currently flooding the market.

Don't be surprised to see Vic Mensa as the next breakthrough young artist from Chicago, but you better "savemoney" because he's focused on churning out insane music and bringing the rest of Hyde Park with him to the top.

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#FEST: 12th Edition with Wiz Khalifa, Carnage, GRiZ, Vic Mensa, Stalley, The Runners, Captain Kidd, Jola the Trunk Boi, Yacht...

Saturday, April 12 · Doors 1:00 PM at The Venue - Athens