September’s event is the first of three domestic Breakaway festivals in 2021, including Breakaway Ohio in Columbus September 3-4 and Breakaway Carolina in Charlotte October 1-2. Any tickets from 2020’s canceled festival in Grand Rapids, Columbus or Charlotte will automatically carry over and be valid for 2021’s festivities.
Kygo: Norwegian born musical prodigy, global superstar, and Spotify “Breakout Artist” Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll better known as, Kygo, headlines Friday evening. Since introducing himself in 2013, he has amassed over 15 billion cumulative global audio and video streams and 3.3 billion YouTube views and has and continues to break streaming records. He emerged as Spotify’s “Breakout Artist of 2015” powered by singles “Firestone” [feat. Conrad Sewell] and “Stole the Show” [feat. Parson James]. These hits cemented him as “the fastest artist to reach 1 billion streams on Spotify.” Kygo earned one of his biggest hits with the multiplatinum “It Ain’t Me” [feat. Selena Gomez], going Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and clocking nearly 1 billion Spotify streams. Other collaborations include mega-hits with U2, Imagine Dragons, The Chainsmokers, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, and Chelsea Cutler. In 2019, Kygo unleashed Whitney Houston’s “Higher Love” and generated another 1 billion combined streams and views. In 2020, he released his third full-length album “Golden Hour” with the anthems “Like It Is” [with Zara Larsson & Tyga] and “I’ll Wait” [with Sasha Sloan].
Chelsea Cutler: The relatable lyrics and handcrafted lo-fi soundscapes of Chelsea Cutler have established her as a quiet, yet disruptive force in popular music. Within a few short years, the singer, songwriter, and producer went from uploading music from her bedroom to racking up over 800 million-plus streams with acclaim from the likes of Billboard and Complex. The recent release of her debut album, How to be Human, hit the Top 40 radio charts with the project's lead single, "Sad Tonight."
Gryffin: DJ, song writer, and producer Gryffin first gained recognition for his remixes of "Talking Body", "Animals", and "Desire" and has consistently topped the music charts. A self-described “Melodic House Artist”, Gryffin incorporates the sounds of piano and guitar for a unique hybrid organic and electronic sound. His 2019 release of the album “Gravity” peaked at number one on the U.S. Dance Charts. His single “OMG” with Carly Rae Jepsen hit number one on Billboard’s Dance Club Chart.
Elderbrook: Grammy-nominated Elderbrook hails from the UK and is known for his versatility as a musician. Elderbrook's most notable song is his collaboration with CamelPhat, titled "Cola". The song reached number one on both the Dance Club Songs chart in the United States and Indie Chart in the United Kingdom. It was also nominated for Best Dance song at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
Channel Tres: Sheldon Young, known professionally as Channel Tres, is an American rapper, singer and record producer best known for his 2018 breakout single, "Controller.” The Compton-born rapper delivers G-funk-inflected house with an unmistakably West Coast Groove. His pandemic album i can’t go outside” released in 2020 and the acclaimed producer just released his latest crop of new music, collaborating with electronic duos Polo & Pan and Flight Facilities. Watch his new video for “fuego” featuring Tyler the Creator.
John Summit: Chicago’s John Summit became one of the hottest new names in dance music with the release of Deep End in June 2020, which became the longest-running Beatport #1 of the year and was named Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune, and drew support from BBC Radio1’s Annie Mac, Danny Howard, and MistaJam before making the Radio 1 main playlist.
Two Feet: Two Feet a.k.a. Zachary William “Bill” Dess’ unique sound mixes blues, hip hop, electronic, and jazz to create a sound that touches the soul with its emotional and intense vibe.Two Feet’s quick rise to stardom began in 2016 with the release of his single “Go F**k Yourself” which quickly went viral on Soundcloud. He followed up in the summer of 2018, with his breakthrough single “I Feel Like I’m Drowning” that hit #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Chart. The 2020 release of his debut album “Pink” has gained him critical acclaim, and the track “Grey” has over 1.4 million streams on Spotify.
Jessie Murph: There's plenty of buzz surrounding 16-year old Jessie Murph who's amassing views, likes, and fans on TikTok. With vocals reminiscent of Amy Winehouse, the singer has nearly 3m followers on the platform. 2021 has been busy for Jessie with the release of two singles "Upgrade" and “Look Who’s Crying Now”.
ILLENIUM: The Denver-based producer is one of the most successful crossover electronic artists to date and has elevated dance music with his bold, progressive take on the genre. His expansive sound, which mixes elements of celestial electronic, mellow alternative, rock-fuel dubstep, emotional indie, and pop-tinged bass music, has topped the U.S. charts, garnered more than 4 billion collective streams and solidified the breakout artist as a festival-headlining act. Hailed by Billboard as one of the Top Dance/Electronic Artists, ILLENIUM has captivated millions of self-identified, die-hard "Illenials" around the world who share a direct and personal bond with him through his music. With a string of hits including “Takeaway”, “Good Things Fall Apart”, “Crawl Outta Love”, “In Your Arms” and “Hearts on Fire” fans won’t be disappointed.
24kGoldn: Rapper 24kGoldn rose to fame in 2019 with his single, "Valentino", peaking at number 92 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in April 2020. In July 2020, his single "Mood" [feat. Iann Dior], topped the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the highest charting song of his career. In March of this year, he released his debut studio album “El Dorado”.
SOFI TUKKER: House/EDM duo SOFI TUKKER consisting of artists Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern are best known for their songs "Drinkee", "Best Friend", and "Purple Hat". "Best Friend" was featured in Apple’s IPhone X commercials. Their single "Drinkee" was nominated for a Grammy in 2017. Their first full length album “Treehouse” was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
Sam Feldt: Uplifting' best describes Dutch DJ, producer, platinum selling artist, and activist Sam Feldt. Billboard described Feldt as "a modern house superstar". The single "The Devil's Tears'' was one of Spotify's top 10 most viral tracks. In 2019, Sam released his track "Post Malone", which has over 375 million streams on Spotify. In 2020, Feldt revealed his own record label known as Heartfeldt Records and has also created his own charity, The Heartfeldt Foundation, which raises awareness on global warming.
Alexander 23: Writer and producer, Alexander 23 made his debut in 2019 with “Dirty AF1s” and the critically acclaimed debut EP “I’m Sorry I Love You.” He recently teamed up with Selena Gomez to remix her hit song, “Rare”, and released the track “IDK You Yet,” that’s quickly moving up Spotify’s Pop Rising chart.
Ilo ilo: The mysterious creators behind the up-and-coming duo, ilo ilo remain anonymous to the public in hopes that listeners are uninfluenced by a personal image. The group received much praise from the 2019 debut single “come thru” and continue to do so with their recently released single “Barricade”.
About Breakaway Music Festival
Breakaway Music Festival began in Columbus, OH, in 2013 and quickly grew into a two-day, multiple stage festival bringing exceptional names like Chance The Rapper and Kendrick Lamar to the Midwest. With several market expansions over the years, the multi-city touring festival specializes in bringing cutting-edge lineups and custom fan experiences at reasonable prices to secondary markets across the US and beyond. The festival amassed a loyal following with over 65,000 in attendance in 2019 in Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Michigan. Breakaway Music Festival returned in 2021 with four destination events in Cancun, Michigan, Ohio and North Carolina, with plans to bring the Breakaway experience to more new markets in 2022. Throughout its growth, the festival and promoter, Prime Social Group, have received recognition from notable media outlets including Billboard, Forbes, Pollstar, DJ Mag and more.