City Slang: Blowout gets bigger and better



To celebrate 16 years (yep, 16 years) of existence, this year’s Blowout Festival is expanding to two weekends. Not only that, but the event is moving from March to the Spring.

As usual, the kickoff party will be in Detroit, but this year it is on Thursday, April 25. The following Friday and Saturday will be in Hamtramck. The next weekend, Thursday, May 2 to Saturday, May 4 will be in Ferndale.

In other words, the festival isn’t really losing anything but it is gaining an amazing weekend in Ferndale.

“Metro Times wanted to elevate Blowout within the metro Detroit community, and Ferndale was a logical choice due to its multiple appropriate venues in close proximity. By expanding to two weekends, Blowout can showcase even more extraordinary talent than before,” said Metro Times Publisher, Chris Sexson. “Blowout will continue to bring high quality entertainment and unbridled enthusiasm for the local music scene as it has for the past 15 years, and we look forward to an even bigger year in 2013.”

Artist submissions will begin in January. Please visit for all the latest information.

So what does everyone think? I know I’m bias, but Blowout has been one of the highlights of the year for me since arriving here. Making it bigger just increases the fun. Plus Ferndale is a cool town. Opinions?

Click here to join the City Slang Turntable community!!!


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.