The two-day festival kicking off Friday at Grand Rapids’ Belknap Park has a bevy of must-see acts says Local Spins columnist Todd Ernst. Read his preview, check out the schedule at Local Spins.
There are also after-parties both nights at The Intersection, with Wax Motif performing at 11:30 p.m. Friday at Elevation inside the nightclub, and Mersiv pumping things up at 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the main showroom. Tickets are $15 advance or $20 day of show (or $15 with a Breakaway wristband).
I can’t stress enough that Belknap Park and the surrounding area is not equipped for a lot of a automobile traffic. If you try to make your way in with your vehicle you’re only going to upset the neighbors and find out there is indeed no parking to speak of.
The best suggestion is to park a few blocks west in the Monroe North area. It’s a short and safe walk to Belknap Park.
Lastly, make sure to pay attention to Breakaway’s Facebook and Twitter pages for real time updates for Lyft/Uber pick-up and drop-off areas.
And please be a good steward of your city as we aren’t afforded opportunities like this very often in Grand Rapids.
Small gestures like picking up trash, helping strangers find their way, and thanking people like the Grand Rapids Police Department and Grand Rapids Fire Department for their respective efforts goes a long way in establishing the long term viability of something like Breakaway.
Presented by Prime Social Group and MiEntertainment Group, Breakaway runs from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, and 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Ticket to the all-ages, electronic- and hip hop-driven festival are $100 for the weekend ($185-$699 VIP), $60 Friday and $65 Saturday. Details online here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Todd Ernst has been an electronic music DJ and promoter for 30 years. His personal company EXSIGN is a creative and consulting team that designs and manages corporate, non-profit and nightlife events. He’s also one of the founding team members of TEDxGrandRapids.
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