Relocated CounterPoint marks Outkast's return

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LINEUP

Thursday, April 24

Midway Stage

8:15 p.m.: Mad Violinist

9:15 p.m.: Modern Measure

10:15 p.m.: Exmag

11:15 p.m.: Star Slinger

Friday, April 25

blu Freedom Stage

4-5 p.m.: Poolside

5:45-6:45 p.m.: Moon Taxi

7:45-9 p.m.: Big Gigantic

10 p.m.-midnight: Pretty Lights

Hillside Stage

5-5:45 p.m.: Deep Cotton

6:45-7:45 p.m.: Schoolboy Q

9-10 p.m.: Matt & Kim

Steeple Stage

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Martina McFlyy

6:45-7:45 p.m.: Pegboard Nerds

8-9 p.m.: Green Lantern

9:15-10:30 p.m.: Mat Zo

11 p.m.-midnight: Rich Homie Quan

12:30-1:45 a.m.: Krewella

Underground

5:15-6 p.m.: BLKK Morris

6:30-7:15 p.m.: Infinity Shred

7:45-8:45 p.m.: Tourist

9:15-10:30 p.m.: Papadosio

11:15 p.m.-12:30 a.m.: Jonas Rathsman

12:45-2 a.m.: Boys Noize

Midway Stage

9-10 a.m.: Morning Meditation with Nick Atlas

10-11 a.m.: Yoga with Nick Atlas

11 a.m.-noon: Creative Hoop Dance with Orly Waanounou and Diana Khatib

Friday Local Stage Presented by Creative Loafing (at the Midway Stage)

12:30-1:15 p.m.: Ill Poacher

1:45-2:30 p.m.: Hello Ocho

3-4 p.m.: deadCAT

Saturday, April 26

blu Freedom Stage

1:45-2:45 p.m.: Wild Cub

3:45-4:45 p.m.: St. Lucia

5:45-6:45 p.m.: Janelle Monae

7:45-9 p.m.: J. Cole

10:30 p.m.-midnight: Foster the People

Hillside Stage

1-1:45 p.m.: JMSN

2:45-3:45 p.m.: Dan Croll

4:45-5:45 p.m.: Rubblebucket

6:45-7:45 p.m.: A-Trak

9-10:30 p.m.: STS9

Steeple Stage

1:45-2:30 p.m.: DJ Contest Winner

2:45-3:30 p.m.: Chris Bushnell

3:45-4:30 p.m.: Mayhem

4:45-5:45 p.m.: Lance Herbstrong

6-7 p.m.: Butch Clancy

7:15-8:15 p.m.: Kill Paris

8:30-9:30 p.m.: Hucci

9:45-10:45 p.m.: Griz

11 p.m.-12:15 a.m.: Wolfgang Gartner

12:30-2 a.m.: Above & Beyond

Underground

1:45-2:30 p.m.: The Difference Machine

2:45-3:30 p.m.: Shreddie Mercury

3:45-4:30 p.m.: Five Knives

5-6 p.m.: The Floozies

6:15-7:15 p.m.: Thriftworks

7:30-8:30 p.m.: Nosaj Thing

8:45-9:45 p.m.: XXYYXX

10-11 p.m.: The Polish Ambassador

11:15 p.m.-12:15 a.m.: Ott

12:45-2 a.m.: Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set)

Midway Stage

9-10 a.m.: Morning Meditation with Nick Atlas

10-11 a.m.: Yoga with Nick Atlas

11 a.m.-noon: Detox Yoga Flow with Rachelle Knowles

1-5 p.m.: Scratch DJ Academy

Sunday, April 27

blu Freedom

1:45-2:45 p.m.: YACHT

3:45-4:45 p.m.: Run the Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike)

5:45-6:45 p.m.: Thievery Corporation

7:45-9 p.m.: Major Lazer

10-11:30 p.m.: Outkast

Hillside Stage

1-1:45 p.m.: Basic Vacation

2:45-3:45 p.m.: The Revivalists

4:45-5:45 p.m.: Riff Raff

6:45-7:45 p.m.: Phantogram

9-10 p.m.: Sleigh Bells

Steeple Stage

1-1:45 p.m.: Skrause

2-2:45 p.m.: Ployd

3-3:45 p.m.: Bagheera

4-5 p.m.: Kap Slap

5:15-6:15 p.m.: Minnesota

6:30-7:30 p.m.: GTA

7:45-8:45 p.m.: Congorock

9-10 p.m.: Flosstradamus

11:45 p.m.-1 a.m.: Flux Pavilion

Underground

1:30-2:15 p.m.: Chrome Sparks

2:45-3:30 p.m.: Real Magic

3:45-4:30 p.m. Roman Gianarthur

4:45-5:30 p.m.: Ratking

6-7 p.m.: Cashmere Cat

7:15-8:15 p.m.: Watch the Duck

8:45-9:45 p.m.: Thundercat

11:45 p.m.-1 a.m.: Tycho

Midway Stage

9-10 a.m.: Morning Meditation with Nick Atlas

10-11 a.m.: Yoga with Nick Atlas

11 a.m.-noon: Monkey Chant! with Nick Atlas

1-5 p.m.: Scratch DJ Academy

PRICES

CounterPoint tickets (event is 18 and older)

Three-day general admission: $199

Single-day general admission: $90 (per day)

Three-day VIP: $600 (includes VIP viewing areas, access to lounges, parking, concierge and more)

Three-day Gold VIP: $899 (includes all VIP amenities plus golf cart shuttle transport, front-row viewing at some stages and more)

Single-day VIP: $199

Parking: $10-$200

Purchase at www.counterpointfestival.com/tickets/. Questions, comments or concerns regarding orders can be directed to Front Gate Tickets or by phone at 1-888-512-7469.

PRICES

CounterPoint tickets (event is 18 and older)

Three-day general admission: $199

Single-day general admission: $90 (per day)

Three-day VIP: $600 (includes VIP viewing areas, access to lounges, parking, concierge and more)

Three-day Gold VIP: $899 (includes all VIP amenities plus golf cart shuttle transport, front-row viewing at some stages and more)

Single-day VIP: $199

Parking: $10-$200

Purchase at www.counterpointfestival.com/tickets/. Questions, comments or concerns regarding orders can be directed to Front Gate Tickets or by phone at 1-888-512-7469.

When the stage lights illuminated the frames of Andre 3000 and Big Boi as they stepped onto the Coachella stage a couple of weeks ago, any Outkast fan, whether in the massive crowd in California or watching the historic moment live on streaming video, felt a little zing of something.

After all, this was the first time that Atlanta’s hip-hop luminaries, pioneers in the art of intelligent rap steeped in funk, rock and quirk, prepared to dazzle fans with a full concert in a decade.

They'll bring their collective genius to their first hometown-area show on Sunday when they close out the three-day CounterPoint Music & Arts Festival at Kingston Downs, about 60 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta near Rome.

Outkast’s 90-minute set at Coachella’s opening weekend wasn’t always perfect — the audience, at times, seemed lackluster, and the set list, which kicked in with a magical burst of “B.O.B.,” “Gasoline Dreams,” “ATLiens” and “Skew It on the Bar-B,” later relied a bit too heavily on its Atlanta-imported guests (Sleepy Brown, Future, Janelle Monae).

But few would argue that their return wasn’t meaningful.

Outkast is embarking on a 40-date festival tour, and CounterPoint will be its first performance since the two weekends at Coachella. While Outkast’s presence is the most heavily hyped — and for some, the pinnacle of the event, which returns after taking a break in 2013 — CounterPoint is running the genre gamut with names including EDM specialist Pretty Lights, thought-provoking R&B-funk darlings J. Cole and Monae, Atlanta-formed instrumental rock-jazz-electronic band STS9 and “Pumped Up Kicks” indie-rockers Foster the People topping the lineup.

This is the first year CounterPoint is being held at the 5,000-acre Kingston Downs — home of the Atlanta Steeplechase — and, as in the past, is produced by MCP Presents (steered by Atlantans Jonathan Fordin and Brett Keber) along with festival promoter C3 Presents, the force behind Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza.

Here are a few things to know as you prepare for your CounterPoint experience:

1. It is an 18-and-older event. Don’t try to sneak in. It will just annoy everyone.

2. Performances will take place on five stages. Pretty Lights will wrap the night on Friday, Foster the People on Saturday and Outkast on Sunday.

3. Of course the focus of CounterPoint is music. Along with the aforementioned acts, expect to hear Major Lazer, Krewella, Matt & Kim, Thievery Corporation, Sleigh Bells, Phantogram, St. Lucia and about 60 other artists.

But CounterPoint wants you to be of sound body even as you absorb other sounds. Morning yoga sessions will take place daily at 10 a.m. with renowned yogi Nick Atlas. Other activities include morning meditation, sound meditation healing and monkey chants.

4. The Silent Disco is back, with national and local DJs battling late night for spinning supremacy. Make sure to check out the workshops with Scratch DJ Academy, which just opened an Atlanta outpost, to get a quick individual session at “Scratch and Learn” stations.

5. You will not go hungry. Food vendors scattered throughout the grounds will offer vittles ranging from Cajun veggie wraps to pork tenderloin sandwiches to fruit smoothies to fish tacos to alligator sausage corndogs. And yes, you can get a burger and fries, too.

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