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ComplexCon Returns

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COMPLEXCON RETURNS FOR ITS 3RD ANNUAL FESTIVAL & EXHIBITION

NOVEMBER 3-4, IN LONG BEACH, CA

Pre-Sale Tickets Are Available Friday, July 20 For Groundbreaking Festival that Mixes Music, Art, Fashion, Innovation and Food into Powerful Enriching Experiences

ComplexCon, the world’s largest gathering of visionary pop culture enthusiasts, returns for its third annual event on November 3-4, 2018, in Long Beach, California for a weekend of exclusive sneaker drops, musical performances, bleeding edge streetwear, and fashion, and the return of ComplexCon(versations) bringing together icons, influencers and celebrity speakers.Pharrell Williams and Takashi Murakami return as host committee chairs again this year. Additional host committee members, panel discussions, performance line-ups, programming and activations will be announced in the coming weeks. A limited supply of pre-sale tickets for the festival are on sale Friday, July 20 at 3 pm Eastern/12pm Pacific at ComplexCon.com.

The two-day festival is the epicenter for tens of thousands of the most active, influential and engaged individuals in the world. ComplexCon mixes concert performances, retail pop-up shops, in-depth panels and conversations, art, food, brand activations, interactive technology and much more into a one-of-a-kind experience that brings together creators and audiences to celebrate culture, spark creativity, and forge new collaborations.

This year, ComplexCon is focusing on the enlightenment and empowerment of the individual, reflecting the issues and conversations that permeate and influence culture today from entertainment to art to politics. ComplexCon unveiled a new logo, which incorporates Murakami’s modern interpretation of the ensō, an ancient zen symbol that represents the cycle of all creativity and life, from chaos to growth to enlightenment.

“There is a cycle to everything – art, culture, design, life – it’s always moving from present to future. ComplexCon has this cycle, where so many ideas are swirling, the atmosphere is charged with potential and from that energy, amazing ideas, new interpretations, and collaborations are formed and the cycle continues,” said Takashi Murakami. “There is chaos in the world right now but also an incredible movement of young people rising up to create something better and from that energy new ideas and movements are forming ripples through everything in culture. It was important to embrace this at ComplexCon this year.”

Fans told us and we listened! This year, ComplexCon is catering to fans with bigger, bolder, better experiences and activations. This third annual festival and exhibition will feature even more panels and speakers as part of the popular ComplexCon(versations) track in which today’s most significant cultural figures tackle the most important topics of our times. Also new for this year, the Pigeons & Planes Stage is moving into the larger arena space so fans can be fully immersed in the musical experience. The ComplexCon footprint is also expanding this year as we take over the Rainbow Lagoon next to the Long Beach Convention Center for an elevated food court hosted by First We Feast.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets for ComplexCon are available on Friday, July 20th at 12pm PST, or while supplies last, for our most passionate attendees to secure their spot early. The tickets give attendees access to brands and organizations on the show floor, panels and discussions, daytime performances, merchandise and shops, food trucks, and more. A very limited number of VIP packages are available again this year, giving fans early access to ComplexCon to shop first, a special concert viewing area, VIP lines for entry into the festival, select booths, food trucks and exhibits and more.

Pre-Sale Packages include*:

Saturday 1-Day Ticket $55
Sunday 1-Day Ticket $55
2-Day Tickets $90
VIP Package $300

(*ticket prices do not include fees.)

Launched in 2016 by Complex Networks and ReedPOP, the two-day event has become a must-attend for fans, brands and cultural icons. Last year over 50,000 fans, 200 leading cultural figures converged for the two-day festival including performances from N*E*R*D*, Gucci Mane, M.I.A., Young Thug, DJ Khaled, SuperDuperKyle, A$AP Ferg, Jaden Smith, Virgil Abloh, iamOTHER: #BeGreat Party ft. Kap G X Bia X WatchtheDuck, Ski Mask The Slump God; exclusive retails experience fromPuma, Colette, Billionaire Boys Club, Human Made, Union Los Angeles, Modernica, Off-White, Nike, Undefeated, Concepts, RSVP Gallery, New Balance, Pintrill, Adidas andClot; and cultural icons Andre 3000, Cam’ron, Chelsea Handler, Lavar Ball, Don C, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Jerry Lorenzo, Rick Ross, Roy Choi, Wale and more leaders.

SOLE DXB’s 7TH ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL

SOLE DXB’S ANNUAL FESTIVAL LIT UP DUBAI THIS WEEKEND

 

From Thursday December 7th to December 9th,  the biggest players in music, art, fashion and design gathered at Sole DXB for the 7th annual cultural festival at d3 Dubai. Panel discussions, showcases, performances, and more are part of this globally-known festival. Sole DXB garners media attention from all over the world. The festival showcased some of the biggest fashion brands including Dior, Nike, Puma and more. Guests were also treated to performances from Kano G.O.O.D Music President rapper Pusha T, NxWorries, Anderson Paak + Knxwledge,  H.E.R,  Teyana TaylorGoldlinkIAMDDB, DJ, Stretch Armstrong and more.

Other notable guests on the fashion front include, Japanese streetwear royalty Hiroshi Fujiwara and Los Angeles based fashion designer Melody Ehsani are some of the names attending the event to showcase their work and participate in panel conversations. Exclusive wares from massive brands including Reebok, Lacoste, Timberland, Toms, Cadillac, Pepsi Co., Neighborhood, Visvim, Diesel and many more will be participating as well. 

 

About the Sole DXB

Created by Hussain Moloobhoy, Joshua Cox, Kris Balarite, and Rajat Malhotra in 2010, Sole DXB has grown leaps and bounds to become a highly trafficked and respected platform for the arts, nurturing and celebrating global street culture in Dubai. Sole DXB is a pioneering hybrid of entertainment featuring rare sneakers, live music, contemporary artwork, slick home-brewed visuals and more offering fresh insight in the ever-evolving global culture lifestyle we live in highlighting Dubai as a pinnacle figure in the burgeoning streetwear scene, providing a local platform for a global community who shape the future of progressive street culture around the world.

SOLE DXB

SOLE DXB 2017 ANNOUNCES HEAVYWEIGHT PROGRAM FEATURING KANO, PUSHA T, GOLDLINK, HIROSHI FUJIWARA, JEFF STAPLE, MELODY EHSANI AND MORE

THIS DECEMBER 7-9, THE ANNUAL DUBAI-BASED STREET CULTURE FAIR RETURNS FOR ITS 6TH EDITION at DUBAI DESIGN DISTRICT (d3)

Tuesday 24 October, 2017, Sole DXB in partnership with d3, announces its full program for 2017, with the support of Cadillac, Coca Cola and in association with Dubai Tourism. The three-day global street culture festival returns this December 7th, 8th and 9th at d3, Dubai, revealing a heavyweight billing that brings together some of the world’s finest names from across art, food, music, sports and style. Having celebrated American Hip Hop heritage in 2015, and its British street-evolved counterpart in 2016, Sole DXB returns in 2017 to spotlight the legacy and influence of Japanese contemporary design.

Reflecting the booming appetite for alternative culture that Sole DXB has steadily cultivated since its inception in 2010. Sole DXB is again delighted to call Dubai Design District (d3) home to the region’s only street and urban culture festival. Mirroring what d3 has set out to achieve; to build a thriving creative neighbourhood for a diverse community that share common interests.

The confirmed music billing for 2017 welcomes hip-hop greats of both present and future. Artists to perform most notably include award-winning musician Kano, G.O.O.D Music President and rapper Pusha T, American silk-soul rapper Goldlink, German rapper Serious Klein, and Manchester urban jazz singer IAMDDB, hailed as one of the breakout stars of 2017 and already amassing streams in excess of 1 million hits per track. And it wouldn’t be Sole DXB without some intimate after-parties, with the OGs DJ Stretch Armstrong, DJ Shortkut, streetwear icons PATTA Soundsystem, and DJs Tom Crane, Dave Lubin, and Andy Baxter providing the flavours this year.

Opening night Thursday 7th December welcomes all to a now-ritual free-to-public annual film screening. This year, with the international premiere of Word is Bond is the turn of Mass Appeal and their recently produced hip-hop documentary, to take centre stage. Directed by Mass Appeal’s Chief Creative Officer, Sacha Jenkins, the documentary examines the

transformative power of lyrics in the world of Hip Hop. With an open door policy, it’s the first in a long line of socially driven moves from Sole DXB aimed at providing legitimate, culturally-weighted entertainment, stimulating grass roots artistry.

On Friday 8th December, Sole DXB opens in its entirety, with a series of cultural talks unveiled, including intimate ‘no holds barred’ conversations with some of the biggest names in design, fashion and music. These include: headlining musician Pusha T; Fragment Design founder and much heralded Godfather of Streetwear Hiroshi Fujiwara; designer and style icon Jeff Staple of Staple Design; Peter Bittenbender, CEO of New York-based media company/record label Mass Appeal (of which hip hop legend Nas is a partner); founder of global alternative culture platform Highsnobiety, David Fischer makes a guest appearance; jewelry designer and famously the only woman to own a store front on notorious LA shopping destination Fairfax Avenue, Melody Ehsani; and Peter Jansson and Mubi Ali – founder and head buyer respectively of Sweden-born cult classic (and previous Online Retailer of the Year winner) sneaker retailer Sneakersnstuff.

From conversation to conversion, a host of highly sought after brands will show and retail never-before-seen wares across the weekend, each individually housed in bespoke retail units taking design cues from the finesse of Tokyo architecture. In parallel with some of the world’s biggest lifestyle brands on display including Asics, Nike, PUMA, Reebok. Japanese designers will provide some of the most highly-sought-after and hard-to-find product over the weekend, from brands including Neighborhood, Visvim, Wacko Maria, Undercover, Non-Native, and White Mountaineering. A sign of the growing importance of streetwear in the fashion sector, Sole DXB also enter into the world of luxury for the very first time – partnering with two standout luxury brands to preview their forward collections and create unique retail experiences for guests; the brands, both luxe icons: Dior Homme and Kenzo.

It was in 2010 that Sole DXB was founded, back then in a small Dubai community arts centre. What began as a small gathering of like-minded sneaker and hip-hop lovers coming together to swap kicks and share tracks, has rapidly grown into a 17,000 person, 3-day annual event with the support of the world’s leading cultural figures. A testament to the rise of the event and the region, Sole DXB is now a mainstay in the global events calendar and, when it comes to pushing cultural boundaries, is proving itself again as the one to watch.