If you love hiphop there's an event coming up you can't afford to miss: The Peace And Unity Festival at Staten Island, July 10-11, 2021.
This festival is an outdoor event specifically organized to celebrate the end of the quarantine lockdowns and social distancing measures. The goal is to promote peace and nonviolence by encouraging all hiphop fans in the area to gather and celebrate great music in a welcoming environment.
There are so many huge stars we don't even have enough room to talk about them all. Just a few of the top billed acts include:
Saturday, July 10
Ashanti - Since her 2002 debut, Ashanti has been a multi-talented mega-star. She has six albums out, with a seventh on the way, along with a wide-ranging career that includes modeling, acting, and starring in the 2009 revival of The Wiz.
Ja Rule - Ja Rule has been at the top of his game since his Platinum-selling debut album Venni Vetti Vecci in 1999, and he's only gotten bigger since. With more than 30 million records sold worldwide, the Ja Rule empire just keeps growing.
Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, & Cappadonna - Four members of Wu Tang Clan will be onstage at Peace And Unity. The legend of Wu Tang continues to spread, and we're looking forward to seeing them on their home turf.
Redman - Yes, both Method Man & Redman will be performing. Even more guest stars are expected as well!
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Sunday, July 11
Lil Durk - The founder of the Only The Family collective will be in the house, leading off Sunday's festivities. With two new studio albums dropped in 2020, he'll have plenty of new material.
DJ Self & DJ Will - These two stars of Power 105.1 will be showing off their DJing skills. When they're on stage, good times are sure to follow.
DJ Pat Lax - This up-and-coming DJ and producer is of Nigerian descent, and is quicking becoming a powerhouse of the Staten Island scene.
What You Need To Know About Attending
The festival is being held at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden in Staten Island, over the weekend of July 10-11. Gates open at 1:00PM on Saturday, with performances beginning at 4:00PM. The hours will be the same on Sunday. This is a 'rain or shine' event, and is standing-room-only.
Each of the two days will have separate ticketing, and there are three tiers of tickets:
- General admission: $75
- VIP limited, with placement near the stage: $100
- Top Tier VIP, with early admission and guaranteed parking: $125
- General admission: $100
- VIP limited: $150
- Top Tier VIP: $200
Some of the event proceeds will be donated to good causes, including The K Woods Foundation Community Center, The Uncle Chase Foundation, Brothers Care and Beautiful Heartbeats Inc.
Those planning to attend should be aware that parking is extremely limited. Only the top-tier VIP ticketholders will have guaranteed parking. If you have other tickets, the event organizers strongly advise you take public transportation, such as the Staten Island Ferry, rather than trying to drive yourself. You probably won't have anywhere to park. (Hustlers at the terminal may try to sell you ferry tickets. Don't fall for it, the ferry is free).
For transportation to the event itself, there will be a shuttle running from the Empire Outlets parking lot, next to the St. George Ferry Terminal. The cost is $20 per person.