Blowout 2014 to be the biggest and best yet

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The Blowout Festival will return on Wednesday, April 30, presenting four days of some of the best music that Detroit has to offer.

While Blowout is returning to a one-weekend format this year, the festival is also adding the city of Detroit to the program (beyond the kickoff).

The kickoff party will be on Wednesday, April 30 at the Magic Stick, as is the norm. The main portion of the festival will then take place in Hamtramck, Ferndale and Detroit, simultaneously.

Blowout has always celebrated all that is great about Detroit music - the diversity, the technical ability, the grit and the passion. The volume of magnificent bands and musicians across the Metro Detroit area continues to be staggering, and to expand. It's incredibly exciting that Blowout is expanding to reflect that fact. The biggest and best local music festival is about to get bigger and better.

The submission process is now open, at mtblowout.com. No bands have been announced yet, but you guys will be the first to know when they are.

The growth of the Blowout is both healthy and necessary. Nobody is being left behind, and the expansion into Detroit is the perfect way to move forward. Blowout venues in Detroit will include, as well as the Stick, the Old Miami, Union Street, and the Northern Lights Lounge.

Venues in Hamtramck and Ferndale will include Paycheck's, Smalls, New Dodge Lounge, Painted Lady, Whiskey in the Jar, Kelly's, Celina's Sports Bar, Loving Touch, WAB, Rust Belt Market, Como's, New Way Bar, Found Sound, and Ferndale Public Library.

In addition, there will be a Blowout 2014 launch party on Friday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day) at the New Dodge in Hamtramck. Illy Mack, Cold Men Young, Sleepless Inn, and After Dark Amusement Park will perform, and the action starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $5 per person, or $8 per couple.


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