The 2018 Art of Cool Festival (AOCFEST) takes place in Downtown Durham, NC September 28-29th. AOCFEST is a celebration of the Black American Music experience and will present a diverse group of artists consisting of both music industry veterans and rising stars. This year marks our 5th-Year Anniversary and we are doing it big! To help commemorate, not only are we adding a new venue to the mix, but we are presenting some of our biggest names to date!
Headlining the festival on Friday night is none other than neo-soul architect Maxwell, North Carolina’s-own soul balladeer Anthony Hamilton, and violinist Damien Escobar. Joining them as headliners on Saturday will be our first female headliner - the enchanting songstress Erykah Badu, Hip-Hop legend Nas, and rapper/songwriter Royce Da 5’9”.
Other featured artists include MeShell Ndegeocello, Rahsaan Patterson, Dwele, Iman Omari, Sons of Kemet, Sango, Terminator X, and many more! Come sweat it out at 95 Live, Producer 9th Wonder’s famed dance party featuring special guest DJ Spinderella. Get your shop on at our vendor marketplace, savor the local cuisine of our featured food trucks, enjoy curated activations, rich culture, Innovate Your Cool tech conference sessions and more. 20+ artists, 6 venues, 1 price = the coolest festival experience EVER!
The 2018 AOCFEST offers a variety of ticket packages granting purchasers the option of general or VIP admission. Options include One-Day pass, Weekend general admission, One-Day VIP Pass, VIP Weekend Pass and Premium VIP Weekend Pass. Customize your festival experience to see over 20 artists/bands at 6 venues in one music-filled weekend with prices ranging from $100-$321.
The One-Day Pass offers single-day, general admission to all venues with AOCFEST performances that day including the historic Carolina Theatre, The Durham Armory, The Pinhook, Motorco Music Hall, and the mainstage at The Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP).
Choose the VIP One-Day or Weekend options to enjoy exclusive festival perks including priority entry to all performance venues, exclusive VIP areas at the DBAP field near the main stage (with limited seating), access to VIP lounges and bars at select venues, VIP Swag bags and more. For the full festival experience upgrade to the Premium VIP option, which includes the Sunday Brunch at your choice of one of two award-winning restaurants in Downtown Durham.
Interested to attend both days? Want to grab your tickets now and pay for them later? Great news! An incredible monthly payment option, Affirm, is available as an Eventbrite payment option. With Affirm, attendees have the option to pay for an Eventbrite order and spread payments out over time!
How it works: At the Eventbrite checkout, simply choose Affirm as the payment method, complete a quick application on Affirm’s site, and get a real-time decision. If approved by Affirm, attendees instantly receive their tickets and pay Affirm back directly in fixed monthly installments over 3 or 6 months! (Please note the Affirm option is only available through our Eventbrite link, not at the DBAP).
Click here for a demo of the Affirm checkout process!
Tickets are on sale now but be aware that VIP tickets are EXTREMELY limited and moving fast! Head over to www.aocfestival.com today to secure your seat!