A3C is finally here! Founded in 2005, the festival is the place to be for all the hip-hop lovers. Trust, this A3C festival is not one that you want to miss. I remember attending my first A3C in 2016, and it was super lit. I remember meeting Killer Mike and watching one of my favorite hip-hop groups, Bone Thugs N Harmony perform live. For this year’s A3C, there will be dope performances from Wu-Tang Clan, Lil Wayne, Young MA, Trina, Jim Jones, and many more.
The A3C is also known for their conferences and events taking place in the ATL, with engaging and compelling panels that allow attendees to network and learn. Check out five dope events taking place at A3C below:
1) Women In Charge Programming
Women play a vital role in the world of hip-hop, and so it’s only right that women have a role in the A3C conference. A3C will give some of hip-hop’s leading ladies a space to have their voices heard about the work they put in for the genre. The Women In Charge programming connects, and help women to learn the ropes in the music industry with events, panels, and sessions. The program will take place Thursday, Oct.4 at the Loudermilk Center.
Attendees can expect to see Janee Bolden, the managing editor for BOSSIP, Dia Simms, the president of Combs Enterprises, Ethiopia Habtemariam, the president of Motown Records, and many more.
2) The Mayor’s Brunch
Who wouldn’t want to have brunch with Mayor Bottoms? As part of the Women In Charge programming, there will be a one-on-one with Mayor Bottoms taking place in the Loudermilk Center Toyota Ballroom from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Mayor Bottoms and writer Rembert Browne will discuss her role as mayor, the culture of Atlanta and the city’s growth.
3) A3C Legal Forum
A3C Legal Forum is a must for music professionals. The forum will have several workshops and mentoring sessions that will educate industry professionals on contracts, copyrighting, licensing, and avoiding legal issues.
The Legal Forum will take place at the Loudermilk Center Friday, Oct.5 and will have a music contract masterclass from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., an entertainment lawyer meet up from 1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m., and mentoring sessions with entertainment lawyers from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
4) Exclusive 2-Day Journey with Wu-Tang Clan through the 36 Chambers
For the record, Wu-Tang Clan is LEGENDARY. Hip-hop wouldn’t be the same without the group, and I would love to spend two days with the Wu-Tang Clan, but I can’t afford it. However, for the hip-hop and Wu-Tang lovers who can, the tickets are $1,119 with limited availability.
Fans will be able to kick it with RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, Cappadonna and Mathematics for two whole days.
You can enjoy a special 2-Day Wu-Tang experience with priority seating for a book reading and album listening with U-God, a conversation with RZA and Rodney Carmichael, a music writer for NPR, access to the art gallery with RZA, Masta Killa, and Cappadonna, and so much more.
Honestly, the price is worth it. Head to http://www.a3cfestival.com/wutangatl for more information and to purchase tickets.
5) Old Atlanta Dance Party “808s And Chill”
Let’s take it back to the old school. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love some Migos and Future, but at times I have to draw back from the sounds of TRAP and listen to some good old school Atlanta music.
If you are feeling how I’m feeling, an Old Atlanta Dance Party is where you need to be to get a dose of how Atlanta use to do it back in the day. There will be throwback songs, folks in early-mid 2000 fashion, and some dope old school ATL music.
Old Atlanta Dance Party “808s And Chill” will be hosted by Hermshock & Lyric The Nudist and will take place Oct.4 at 10:00 p.m. to Oct.5 at 2:00 a.m. Pull up to the Deep End at 621 North Avenue NE for the turn-up.