There’s something brewing in the heart of Indianapolis, a resurgence of rhythm and rhymes that have been long anticipated. This year, the Fountain Square neighborhood is preparing to host the triumphant return of Chreece, an independent hip-hop festival that has continuously celebrated the vibrant culture and diverse artistry of the genre.
After a three-year hiatus, Chreece is back with a vengeance, transforming the historic streets of Fountain Square into an energetic epicenter of hip-hop. Collaborating with creative advocacy firm GANGGANG, the festival is set to shine a spotlight on a grand lineup of both national and local talent. With 80+ hip hop artists, DJs, and producers gracing 8 stages, it’s an immersive extravaganza that promises an unparalleled experience for fans.
Founder Oreo Jones has expressed his excitement about the festival’s return, dedicating the event to the legacy of DJ Indiana Jones. The festival promises to celebrate the hip-hop culture of Indianapolis, creating a lively platform that nurtures the musical vibrancy of the city and commemorates its heroes.
The lineup is nothing short of exceptional. Headliners include industry veterans and upcoming stars alike. 9th Wonder, an industry heavyweight known for his masterful beats, will lead the roster, promising an unforgettable performance. Redveil’s unique blend of provocative lyrics and infectious melodies promises a journey that breaks hip-hop conventions. Kari Faux, a multi-faceted artist known for her genre-bending music and bold fashion, is poised to deliver an electrifying performance. Rising star Jordan Ward and genre-defying Pink Siifu will add their unique lyrical styles to the mix, ensuring a musical spectacle that spans the breadth and depth of the genre.
Beyond the illustrious headliners, Chreece’s true spirit of diversity and community shines through in its showcasing of local talents who are carving out their unique niches in the Indiana hip-hop scene. Parris LaDame’s soulful delivery and raw lyricism, coupled with Occ Taee’s poignant storytelling and rhythmic mastery, provide an authentic slice of the state’s musical character. At the same time, Drayco McCoy’s dynamic energy and innovative approach to rap bring a fresh wave of excitement. Feb Zeus’s atmospheric melodies interwoven with insightful lyrics, and 4200 Kory’s engaging flow and resonating hooks, further enrich the festival’s lineup. This vibrant array of local artists embodies Chreece’s core philosophy – a celebration of the evolving, diverse, and tenacious spirit of independent hip hop.
The festival offers a range of ticket options, from general admission to VIP packages that include expedited entry privileges, a sponsored welcome cocktail, and VIP Lounge Access. Each ticket guarantees access to many performances, the 31SVN Breakdancing Showcase, and the Grapevine Vendor Village, enhancing the festival experience.
Set in the backdrop of varied venues such as HI-FI Annex, HI-FI indoor, The Fountain Square Plaza, Square Cat Vinyl, and more, the festival appeals to fans of all ages. Age restrictions vary by venue, with certain locations reserved for adults aged 21 and above.
The resurgence of Chreece marks a critical moment for the hip-hop community in Indianapolis, a celebration of a genre that thrives on independence and creativity. The festival offers an opportunity to experience the cultural heartbeat of the city, to engage with its thriving music scene, and contribute to the legacy of hip-hop in the region.
This year, Chreece is not just a festival. It’s a testament to the resilience of culture, the passion of its artists, and the loyalty of its fans. As the beats echo through the streets of Fountain Square, the message is clear – hip hop is back, louder, bolder, and stronger than ever. Be there to witness the magic, be there to experience Chreece.
Find the full schedule and artist info at https://www.chreeceaf.com/.