It’s been promised for years that Outkast was nearing a reunion, but the day has finally come. The rap duo made up of Andre 3000 and Big Boi, who brought together the bombastic sounds of hip hop with a blended musicality, are set to reunite at the Coachella festival.
The musical festival, which runs from April 11-13 and April 18-20, will reunite Outkast as they headline the festival. Organizers are expecting this to be a huge hit as tickets for the festival are starting at $375.
Coachella is a festival that has always experimented with new and exciting acts, but also bridges the feeling of nostalgia for many fans. Back in 2012, Coachella famously reunited rap legends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg with a revolutionary 360 lighting projection of the late rapper Tupac.
At the time, it was the first event that used the hologram-like technology for a concert of that size. Seeing the rapping Tupac alongside old companions was a huge head trip for everyone involved, and the event made headlines for weeks.
As for Outkast, the rapping duo took a six-year hiatus after their 2003 Speakerboxxx/The Love Below double disc took home a Grammy for best album. Since then, Andre 3000 has moved on to acting while Big Boi released two albums without receiving a lot of buzz, and had troubles with the law,
The last anyone heard of Outkast’s reunion was in February of 2012. At the time, Andre 3000, spoke to GQ about the possibility.
“There’s been a lot of talk on the Internet about an Outkast album and I have to say that as of now, there are no plans for another Outkast album.”
Back in November, word started circulating that Outkast was in talks with the festival to be a part of the lineup, but now it’s official. Andre 3000’s next project is playing famed musician Jimi Hendrix in the biopic All Is By My Side.
As for the Outkast reunion at Coachella, Andre 3000 and Big Boi will join other musical acts, including the Replacements, Zedd, Girl Talk, Ellie Goulding, AFI, GOAT, and more.