Broccoli City will be back at RFK Stadium on Oct. 2. (Courtesy Photo)

By Micha Green
AFRO D.C. and Digital Editor

After a year of missing live concerts and festivals, Broccoli City, in partnership with Live Nation Urban, is coming to the newly redeveloped RFK Stadium with the organization’s flagship festival on Oct. 2.  Having survived a tough year socially, politically and due to the pandemic, Broccoli City is coming back with their ninth-annual festival featuring a star-studded lineup and a goal of uplifting all African Americans have overcome and achieved, while celebrating Black culture. 

Last year’s festival was canceled due to the rising numbers from the COVID-19 pandemic.  In a press release, Broccoli City wrote:

“As one of the few Black owned festivals, we understand the important role we play in our community, especially when it comes to providing safe spaces for that community to celebrate each other.

“Given the present circumstances and based on the guidance provided by D.C. health officials, we have made the decision to cancel Broccoli City Festival 2020 to safeguard the health of attendees, artists and staff. We will instead put our energy toward assisting Black families, Black students, Black professionals and other Black businesses during this time, while also doing our part as an organization to dismantle systematic oppression.”

This year’s festival is back on with Black justice and culture in mind.

“2020 was tough on everyone. From the disproportionate number of Black lives lost as a result of COVID-19 to the tragic murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and countless others, it goes without saying that the Black community was hit the hardest,” said Brandon McEachern and Marcus Allen, founders of Broccoli City Festival.

 “Coming off of such a pivotal year where everyone is trying to capitalize on Black culture, it’s more important now than ever before for us to protect these sacred spaces created by Black people to authentically celebrate Black culture. We’re happy to be back and look forward to Broccoli City Festival 2021 being the most authentic celebration of Black culture, arts and music the industry has seen,” the founders added.

This year’s lineup features Lil Baby, Snoh Aalegra, Moneybagg Yo, Lucky Daye, Justine Skye, Rubi Rose and Soulection’s ESTA, Andre Power and Sasha Marie.  

Local talent includes 3ohBlack, Moechella, DJ Domo, Malcolm Xavier, Everything Nice and AdoboDMV.

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