Las Vegas festival Emerge positions itself at “the intersection of social justice, art, and music.” The two-day festival happens on May 31-June 1, 2019 at Hard Rock Hotel, and features live music performances, storytelling, progressive art, parties, and immersive experiences in what they’re calling a “totally new, blended format.” There are four main “showcases,” described as “individually themed immersive experiences,” with the themes “Protest,” “Self,” “Brave,” and “Sex.” There are also industry panels, a wellness lounge, a private pool, morning dance parties, fitness sessions, intimate studio sessions, and a kickoff party that doubles as a craft cocktail tasting and music showcase.
Emerge’s music lineup includes sets from Andrew Bird, Bedouine, Big Freedia, Ana Tijoux, Cherry Glazerr, Culture Abuse, Dessa, Doja Cat, J.I.D., Junglepussy, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Ladies of LCD Soundsystem (DJs and LCD Soundsystem members Nancy Whang and Gavin Rayna Russom), Laura Jane Grace, Le1f, Leikeli47, Talib Kweli, Tank and the Bangas, Tayla Parx, and more. Some artists, including Andrew Bird, Laura Jane Grace, Talib Kweli, and Doja Cat, are speaking as well as performing, and there are additional speakers, including Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, March for Our Lives co-founder David Miles Hogg, comic artist Alec With Pen, and more.
Emerge founder Rehan Choudhry told Las Vegas Weekly that the event has made some changes from its inaugural edition last April. To eliminate set-time conflicts, no events will overlap this year. “As I look at festivals around the country, more isn’t always better,” Choudhry said. “For a lot of these lineups, when you’re buying a festival ticket, you’re looking at 200 names, but you’re making your decision based on eight to 10 acts you’ll actually see. Last year I think we fell into the same trap, and I think we missed an opportunity to create the perfect program for a single attendee and scale it to the point where all attendees can experience everything without having to pick and choose. This way, the entire audience moves as a group.”
Tickets to Emerge are on sale now, and include passes that grant access to all festival events, as well as options for a “hotel” and “suite” package.