Returning after the smash success of its inaugural year, the Center of the Universe Festival will rock Tulsa's Brady Arts District July 25 and 26, 2014
Returning after the smash success of its inaugural year, the Center of the Universe Festival will rock Tulsa's Brady Arts District Friday July 25 and Saturday July 26, 2014. Friday night, the popular rock band AWOLNATION will headline the main stage, with twenty one pilots opening and Fitz & the Tantrums playing second in the lineup. Saturday night will open with Cold War Kids, followed by Capital Cities, then headliner Young the Giant. Additional bands will be announced later for the other outdoor stages and club venues. Festival co-founders Philip Kaiser and Chris Lieberman say they are excited to deliver another great experience for attendees in 2014. "We couldn't be more pleased with the overwhelming positive feedback we received after last year's festival," Kaiser said. "The fans had a great time and the Brady Arts District business owners enjoyed a strong boost in sales." Kaiser and Lieberman say the 2014 will expand offerings while remaining within the same size area of the Brady Arts District. The 2014 festival will add one outdoor stage for a total of three, including the main stage, Guthrie Green stage and the new Oklahoma stage, which will feature a variety of artists with an emphasis on bands from Oklahoma. The number of live bands playing the festival will increase to more than 100, compared to 71 in 2013. "For the festival's second year, we really wanted to give fans more of what they loved the first time," Lieberman said. "More outdoor stages and more bands equals more fun and that's our goal." The club venues open at 5 p.m., followed by the Oklahoma stage at 6 p.m., the Guthrie Green stage at 6:30 p.m. and the main stage acts beginning at 7:00 p.m. Another new feature for 2014 will be the electronic dance music (EDM) After Party at the main stage from 11:40 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. "EDM is one of the hottest trends in music right now," Lieberman said. "It is not uncommon for the largest dedicated EDM festivals to attract well over 100,000 people. We are happy to be able to add this genre to the 2014 Center of the Universe Festival and can't wait to announce who is coming soon." Kaiser and Lieberman say the timing allows people to start their evening indoors while enjoying dinner or drinks, and then move between outdoor stages and other clubs throughout the night. As with 2013, artists also will play in multiple indoor venues, located inside existing restaurants, bars and clubs within the Brady Arts District. Ticket prices start at $20 per day for general admission and $150 for VIP tickets (weekend only). Beyond live music, Center of the Universe features a street market with a variety of vendors. Festival attendees can view and purchase pieces from local artists and sample cuisine from Tulsa's best food trucks. An estimated 80,000 people attended the 2013 festival, which featured main stage headliners OneRepublic and Neon Trees. More than 70 bands played on two outdoor stages and multiple club venues. About Center of the Universe Founded in 2013, Center of the Universe Festival is a two-day, non-profit music and arts experience aimed at bringing economic impact to Tulsa and the Brady Arts District. The event is named after the quirky downtown Tulsa landmark, the Center of the Universe, located on the Boston Avenue pedestrian bridge between Archer and First Street. More information is available at www.centeroftheuniversefestival.com.
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