Normally when the word “underground” is used in conjunction with a description of music it means that the music in question has not yet garnered the exposure needed to give it widespread appreciation. When it comes to the Ubahn Fest in Cincinnati though, the meaning of underground is quite different. Scheduled to take place Sept. 8 and 9 in downtown Cincinnati and feature enormously popular stars 2 Chainz and Big Sean, Ubahn Fest is literally an underground festival as it is held inside the city’s massive transit tunnel.
Don’t think for a minute that because Ubahn Fest is held in a tunnel that it is a dreary place to have a musical street party. The tunnel is two stories high, 80-feet wide and the length of eight football fields and it sports subway tile, mosaic art installations and several eye-catching glass and steel entrances. In place for the festival will be street art installations, skateboard demonstrations, a variety of interactive experiences and lots of food and music-inspired merchandise. So there’ll be plenty to do even in-between sets from the impressive line-up. Here’s a look at who’s appearing each day.
Fri. Sept. 8
It’s “No Lie,” the headliner for the first night of Ubahn Fest will be 2 Chainz who’ll be cruising into Cincy with new music to share with the crowd; a new album from the hip hop star called Pretty Girls Like Trap Music just dropped in June. Electro house master (and GRAMMY-nominated filmmaker) Steve Aoki will perform right before 2 Chainz; also on the bill will be rising star Niykee Heaton, New Thousand, Chuck Diesel, M.O.O.N, Hilliard and Cincinnati’s very own Jayal.
Sat. Sept. 9
It’s going to be a big party, so who better to headline the closing night of Ubahn Fest than the platinum-selling superstar Big Sean. Big Sean has been battling it out to win a VMA Award in the Best Fight Against the System category with “Light,” his collaboration with Jeremih, but there’ll be no question he and the fans in attendance will be big winners this evening. Rounding out the bill will be Gucci Mane, Lecrae, ClockworkDJ, Speed, C the Gray, Audley/Sylmar, Monty C. Benjamin, DJ J. Dough, Bergs and more homegrown hip hop from Cincy act Strykur.
Ubahn Fest was created by the Cincinnati-based AGAR, and the firm’s John Heuser commented about the line-up and the unique venue for the festival through the festival’s publicist. “Ubahn is an event comparable to no other in the country,” said Heuser. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome these artists to Cincinnati and give them, and festival-goers, a performance setting of a lifetime.”
The festival takes its name from the fact that u-bahn is German for “underground metro transit station” and the fact that Cincinnati has a strong German heritage. The tunnel is located in downtown Cincinnati at the Riverfront Transit Center.
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