Screenshot of Complex Instagram announcement.
UPDATE | Kanye West pulling out of ComplexCon may have been a good thing. Complex announced through Instagram today that Snoop Dogg will not only be taking Yeezy’s place to headline Night Two, but will also be performing for the first time in Long Beach, for free.
Rapper and hip hop artists from Georgia, 2Chainz and Migos, will also headline Night Two. City officials said the show is free upon registration for the Sunday day pass to ComplexCon, which is $45, and that fans shouldn’t sleep on obtaining their passes, which will be distributed in Southern California this Saturday.
This report was updated on 10/13/16 at 2:50PM, with new information from city officials detailing the cost of the Snoop Dogg concert.
Featured image courtesy of Snoop Dogg’s Facebook page.
Screenshot of @complexcon‘s Instagram announcement.
PREVIOUSLY: Kanye West Pulls Out of Long Beach ComplexCon
9/21/16 at 2:57PM | ComplexCon informed ticket holders in an email Wednesday afternoon that Kanye West will no longer be performing on Sunday/Night 2 of the culture festival. The organizers offered a Saturday/Night General Admission ticket and a Two-Day Expo Pass for all daytime performances all weekend, or a full refund if the ticket holder can’t attend Saturday.
Ticket holders must contact customer service by Friday, September 30 to change their original orders.
Saturday’s headliners, Skrillex, Kid Cudi, Travis Scott and Virgil Abloh are still slated to perform.
PREVIOUSLY: Kanye West Added as Night Two Headliner at Highly Anticipated ComplexCon in Long Beach
9/12/16 at 1:55PM | ComplexCon tweeted this morning that joining the already stellar lineup will be Kanye West—Yeezy himself—set to headline the second night of the highly anticipated culture festival scheduled for November 5 and 6 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.
.@KANYEWEST WILL BE IN THE HOUSE.
— ComplexCon (@ComplexCon) September 12, 2016
Tickets to the inaugural ComplexCon were released at noon today and seem to be selling quickly, according to the organization’s Twitter account. Even Mayor Robert Garcia commented on the “great lineup” set to invade downtown in a tweet today.
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PREVIOUSLY: ComplexCon Announces Skrillex, Kid Cudi to Headline Night One of Culture Festival
Image courtesy of ComplexCon designed by Takashi Murakami.
Skrillex, maker of such the hits “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” “Bangarang” and “Where are Ü Now” will join Pharrel Williams and Takashi Murakami on the host committee, according to Complex’s Tuesday tweet. The electronic music producer and entrepreneur will also be celebrating the fifth anniversary of his label OWSLA with a pop-up shop and a never-before-seen interactive art piece, according to the announcement.
— Complex Pop Culture (@ComplexPop) August 2, 2016
PREVIOUSLY: ComplexCon to Land in Long Beach Come November, with Pharrell at the Helm
5/11/16 at 5:08PM | Complex has announced that the millennial-focused street culture trend reporter and media company will bring its inaugural culture festival, ComplexCon, to the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center November 5 and 6.
Founded as Complex Magazine in 2002 by fashion designer and entrepreneur Marc Ecko, the publication’s website now boasts some 57 million unique visitors a month and an online community “that publishes the best, most diverse and most relevant voices in culture, period.” Complex is partnering with ReedPop, the producers of Agenda, and musician, designer and producer Pharrell Williams’ multi-media collective i am OTHER to push this “unique, new initiative,” he stated.
“With ComplexCon, we will bring the spirit and energy of our brand to life, beyond just the Internet into real life,” stated Ecko. “Our audience, and all the contributors that shape our like-minded universe of content are some of the most influential people in the world. Period. We wanted to create an event that celebrates them and creatively push ourselves to constantly elevate and re-imagine our shared horizons.”
Pharrell will also head the convention as the cultural director and host committee chair, while internationally renowned contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has been tasked with designing the convention’s visual identity and overall aesthetic, according to Complex’s announcement also released Tuesday.
“It’s basically our website, magazine, and video operation rolled up into a two-day festival and dropped on the unsuspecting citizens of Long Beach[…]” the announcement read.
Two major contemporary culture-centric events come to mind when considering ComplexCon as a viable method to deliver just that to Long Beach and the 15,000 fans expected to attend. Both POW! WOW! Long Beach and Agenda, two events that continue to bring alternative culture to the city run along a similar vein, where art, brands, business and converge in a glorious mix of talent and inspiration aplenty.
One facet of ComplexCon that stands out is the expected “foodie Disneyland” and “an art installation unlike anything you’ve ever seen,” Ecko voiced, as quoted by the DLBA, while Steve Goodling, CEO of the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, told the Post that ComplexCon will attract “the same young, urban millenials that the Agenda Show products are aimed at.”
Goodling also noted that Long Beach’s “vibrant urban vibe” set in a location accessible to over 18 million people, makes the city an ideal location for such an event.
For more information, visit the ComplexCon website here.