City Slang: Blowout gets bigger and better

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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 Blowout.metrotimes.com 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?

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