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After A One-Year Hiatus, The Trillectro Music Festival Is Back. Here's What You Need To Know

While the world awaits SZA’s follow-up to her celebrated debut album CTRL, you can see the singer-songwriter—along with more than two dozen other musicians and DJs—this weekend at hip-hop-meets-EDM festival Trillectro.

The sixth such festival returns to Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday after a one-year hiatus, due to a pricey renovation to the concert venue. It’s the brainchild of D.C.-bred trio of friends Modele “Modi” Oyewole, Marcel Marshall and Quinn Coleman, who stepped into the event-production business a few years after Oyewole and Coleman launched a university radio show called DC to BC at Boston College.

“The radio show evolved into the blog, and the blog was what blew up because it was just one of those things where people recognized we had a platform that was popular,” Oyewole says. “And then D.C.-local artists, because we’re from this area, they’d send us music and we’d be like, ‘Oh this is crazy."

On the success of that radio show and its companion “music-based lifestyle” blog, as well as some pavement-pounding (Oyewole recalls brandishing stickers with the name of their new event production company, also DC to BC, at a concert featuring Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar, which Schoolboy Q spotted), Oyewole, Marshall and Coleman built a reputation as in-the-know influencers and event producers. In 2012, after an eye-opening trip to Coachella, the trio hosted the first Trillectro festival in The Bullpen across the street from Nationals Park.

Though plenty of electronic DJ/rap collaborations currently flood the airwaves, the idea of launching a festival that fuses electronic dance music with hip-hop in D.C. was still novel back in 2012.

The festival has “definitely evolved, and our lineup reflects that,” Oyewole says. “[The] artists that I think align with our brand, they have the hip-hop sensibility even if they’re not hip-hop artists per se. And I’d say that’s kind of the sound of Trillectro—it’s no longer those two worlds. It’s more like different cultures and genres mixed.”

So if you’re considering joining some 12,000 spectators expected at this year’s festival, here’s a few things to know that may come in handy:

Who’s playing?

The lineup includes heavy hitters SZA, rapper 2 Chainz and producer RL Grime, as well as up-and-coming artists such as Rico NastySnoh AalegraBeau Young Prince and Innanet James. Full lineup here.

What’s this going to set me back?

You can get in with a general-admission ticket for $79 (or $65 if you buy a four-pack of tickets), or select from a few other options that ramp all the way up to VIP floor tickets (including access to the front of the stage and an exclusive bar) for $199.

How can I get there and back and still throw a few drinks back?

One option is booking a spot on one of Trillectro's BYOB shuttles from a number of existing pickup points, or selecting a preferred location. (But be mindful that though you can bring alcohol aboard, you can’t bring it onto the grounds.) And new Lyft riders can get $5 off their first two rides.

Let’s say the show’s over and I’m still ready to party …

They already thought of that. Head over to U Street Music Hall for an official after-party featuring DJ collective Jungle Fever. And if you want to just go all in and get started tonight, check out the pre-party at Rosebar Lounge with That Feel Good.

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