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A COLLISION
OF
JAZZ, R&B,
HIP-HOP & SOUL

The Art of Cool Festival is celebrating its 5th year anniversary this September 28-29th in downtown Durham, North Carolina. A remix of a Black American Music festival, AOCFEST 2018 fuses forward-thinking Jazz, alternative Soul and Hip Hop greats over the course of a dope, culture-filled weekend.

Personalize your
AOCFEST weekend experience

Choose from one day general admission, 2 day general admission passes, or upgrade your festival experience to a VIP or Premium VIP weekend package for exclusive perks.

Book Your
AOCFEST Hotel Today

We've partnered with several area hotels to provide amenities and discounts to our AOCFEST guests. Don't miss out on these benefits - book your room today!

Become a Cooligan

Cooligans are our enthusiastic, outgoing volunteers who make AOCFEST the most incredible community experience the Triangle has ever seen! Cooligans are committed to AOCFEST’s mission and strive to engage with the community.

Become a Vendor

AOCFEST attracts over 10,000 influencers, tastemakers and music lovers from across the country. By becoming an AOCFEST vendor, you will gain access to a diverse audience of music fans and professionals eager to engage with your brand!

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The Lineup

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Nas

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Maxwell

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Erykah Badu

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Anthony Hamilton
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Dwele
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Meshell Ndegeocello

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A little sumthin’ sumthin’

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Good (Vibe)rations

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Vibe with our AOCFEST playlist

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A Guide to Wristband Retrieval

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My eyes are green , because I eat allota vegetables……

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Jam with Us at #AOCFEST

September 28 & 29, 2018

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Who’s ready for a great show? #DurhamNC is the place to be Sept 28 + 29! 💥Tix link in bio💥

Happening Now! This rehearsal definitely has us excited for tomorrow! Reserve your seat today! Two shows 5 & 7:30! https://t.co/UMW116Cfl1 #startofcool #fiveyearanniversary #aocproject

Have you reserved your room yet? We have secured special AOCFEST discount hotel rates and rooms are moving fast. Don’t delay, visit https://t.co/ykBTE4ueTP to book your room today! #aocfest #durhamnc #musicfestival

Have you listened to @sonsofkemet third album yet? On “Your Queen Is a Reptile,” the interplay between Mr. Hutchings and Mr. Cross immediately calls you to attention, but as songs progress your focus drifts to the twin drummers — Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford