Ok Geek Nation! A brand new experience is coming to Silicon Valley this summer. Chris Hardwick, one of the most recognizable faces in pop culture fandom and one of today’s top touring standup comedians, announced today the ID10T Music Festival & Comic Conival, a celebration of music, gaming, comedy, tech, and all things pop culture. Created and hosted by Hardwick, the groundbreaking event will combine chart-topping musicians, renowned comedians, makers, and some of the most influential people in the entertainment industry, together in one place for a once-in-a-lifetime weekend experience.
The two-day festival will take place Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre and surrounding grounds in Mountain View, CA. ID10T (pronounced I-D-ten-T) will feature all of the best components of a music festival, plus the addition of comedy, comic book fandom, and entertainment, all in an outdoor setting. Each day, pop culture enthusiasts will have the opportunity to roam exhibitor booths, meet comic book artists, and catch their favorite TV and movie casts on back-to-back panels and podcasts, including a special live taping of Hardwick’s own Nerdist Podcast. In the evening, the grounds will transition into a music and comedy hall for live performances from some of today’s top artists and comedians.
Shoreline Amphitheatre Main Stage will feature a diverse musical lineup with performances by Weezer, Girl Talk, Lord Huron, Crystal Castles, TV On The Radio, OK Go, Animal Collective, Car Seat Headrest, The Mowgli’s, Robert DeLong, Mothers, Ron Gallo, and more to be announced.
The Mad Decent Dance/Cosplay Tent will feature some of today’s premier DJs and electronic music acts with performances by Madeon, Zeds Dead, Jai Wolf, TroyBoi, Gryffin, Party Favor, Ape Drums, 4B, Wax Motif, and more to be announced.
The tent will also host nightly Cosplay contests.
The Monster Energy Comedy Tent will feature sets by some of today’s most entertaining comedians in an intimate, club-like setting.
Hosted by April Richardson, performers will include Demetri Martin, Michael Che, Nikki Glaser, Garfunkel and Oates, Michael Ian Black, Brian Posehn, Hampton Yount, Matt Braunger, Yassir Lester, and more to be announced.
A preliminary list of participating comic companies includes Skybound, Valiant, Oni, Boom! Studios, Top Shelf, AfterShock, Insight Editions, Aspen, and HowToons. Comic artists
will include Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, Becky Cloonan, Andrew Robinson, Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera, Jason Shawn Alexander, Gerry Duggan, Phil Noto, and Nick Dragotta, and many more to be announced.
Hardwick will be onsite to host the event, moderate the main panels, and introduce select bands and comedy performers!
Produced by Live Nation and Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), ID10T will feature three entertainment stages; an interactive festival area with games, rides, and fan experiences; a massive exhibitor village; and a curated artist alley where some of the biggest names in comic books and entertainment will meet fans, showcase their art, discuss their craft, sign autographs, and more.
“Over the years, I’ve enjoyed an INORDINATE amount of time at music festivals, comedy festivals, comic-cons, craft fairs, and gaming conventions,” Hardwick said. “My goal with ID10T is to create a 2-day mega-event that mashes all of my favorite parts of them together, and Silicon Valley is the PERFECT place to do it.”
ID10T Creative Director and Co-Producer Rob Tweedie added, “I’m an avid comic book reader and borderline obsessive Star Wars fan, but I love music and comedy too. There’s so much crossover in pop culture, why not create a festival that celebrates all of these passions? We at SGE are so excited to see this idea to come to life, not just as creators but as attendees.”
Tickets for ID10T go on sale Friday, March 10 at 10:00 am PT at www.ID10TFest.com. ID10T boasts a massive festival area directly adjacent to the amphitheater’s music stage. All tickets including festival general admission, reserved seating and VIP have free roaming access to the festival area which includes the Mad Decent Dance/Cosplay Tent, Monster Energy Comedy Tent, and full exhibitor village.
Festival General Admission Tickets start at $55, Amphitheatre Main Stage Reserved Seating Tickets start at $77.50, and Weekend Passes start at $99.
A limited number of single-day VIP packages will also be available for purchase for those over 21 years of age.
Festival VIP Lounge + General Admission packages are $150 and include 1 general admission ticket to the day of your choice, which includes access to the front of the lawn area of the Amphitheatre Main Stage; priority line for entry into daily panels; and access to the VIP Lounge which will feature a VIP cash bar, VIP restrooms, cash food trucks, comfortable areas to sit and relax; a limited edition ID10T poster; and a limited edition ID10T tote bag.
Festival VIP Lounge + Reserved Seating packages are $199 and include 1 reserved ticket to the day of your choice within rows 10 – 30 at the Amphitheatre Main Stage; priority line for entry into daily panels; and access to the VIP Lounge which will feature a VIP cash bar, VIP restrooms, cash food trucks, comfortable areas to sit and relax; a limited edition ID10T poster; and a limited edition ID10T tote bag.
Backstage VIP Lounge packages are $299 and include 1 reserved ticket to the day of your choice within rows 1 – 10 at the Amphitheatre Main Stage; guaranteed seating in rows 1 -5 at daily panels (must be seated by the time the panel begins); priority line for entry into daily panels; access to both the Backstage VIP Lounge and the Festival VIP Lounge, which will both feature VIP cash bars, VIP restrooms, cash food trucks, and comfortable areas to sit and relax; a limited edition ID10T poster; and a limited edition ID10T tote bag.
ID10T is proud to partner with the following sponsors in its inaugural year; Monster Energy Drink, hosting the ID10T Comedy Stage, Toyota, the exclusive automotive partner, Snickers, Krave Jerky, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, Musicians Institute, Lyft, and many more. I’ll be covering the event for ALL THINGS GEEK and I hope to see you there!
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