The daylong, hip-hop-centric music fest JMBLYA will return to Dallas for this year's fourth edition, but you won't find it in the same neighborhood where it took place last year. The festival's organizer, Scoremore Shows, has revealed that JMBLYA will move from Deep Ellum to a festival stage in the Cotton Bowl Plaza in Fair Park when it returns to the area Friday, May 13.
Also revealed this morning is this year's top headliner: Just a couple of months after playing South Side Ballroom March 11, hip-hop's most relevant current star, Future, will get top billing at JMBLYA. But hey, the demand for the guy should be as high as ever. Hard as he has been working lately, I wouldn't be surprised if Future had his third release of the year out by then.
The Atlanta rapper and Autotune crooner joins a previously announced 2016 JMBLYA roster that already perked up the ears of young hip-hop lovers in town. The bill includes brotherly duo Rae Sremmurd, rapper Kevin Gates (who also recently played a sold-out solo show here), DJ-producer Carnage, Kehlani, Keith Ape, Jazz Cartier and Noodles. Last but certainly not least is an up-and-comer from these parts. Post Malone, fresh from the tour with Fetty Wap that's stopping at House of Blues March 8, will appear at some point during the May 13 fest.
As for the location change, Scoremore reps tell us there's nothing more to the move than the fact that JMBLYA is trying out different spaces and setups.
After its May 13 stop in Dallas, JMBLYA will move on to Austin the next day with a setup in the parking lot of the Austin American-Statesman. Talk about primo media access ...
Find tickets now at jmblya.com — they start at $55 for general admission and go up to $249 for folks who like the VIP treatment, with a few different packages in between.
If you want to get the general vibe of JMBLYA, check out some video from last year's shows below.