“The first year is always a run-through, this year we have a bigger stage, more production … but the curation and the heart stayed the same,” said president of Epic Records Sylvia Rhone describing Saturday’s second annual EpicFest in Los Angeles, which featured performances by Future, DJ Khaled, KONGOS, Yo Gotti, French Montana, Jidenna, Kat Dahlia, Timeflies and Lil Jon.
The invite-only concert at Sony Studios, nestled right in the midst of a musical BET weekend, included a surprise performance from Busta Rhymes during DJ Khaled’s set, and new music from Jidenna. Famous faces in the celebrity-filled crowd included Randy Jackson, Michael Strahan, Kelly Rowland, Cassie, Lorne Michaels, André 3000 & Big Boi, Jermaine Dupri, Manny Fresh, V. Boseman, LaToya Luckett, Holly Robinson-Peete and many others. Radio/Industry folks at the party under the stars included Doc Wynter, Colby Colb, Geo Cook, Hurricane Dave Smith, Fuzzy Fantabulous, Vernon Kelson, Kelly G, Butch Hartfield, Greg Johnson, Billie Woodruff, Herb Trawick, Alex Avant, and many others.
According to Epic Records chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, the exclusive festival is expanding to an annual event for the public. “The growth from one year to only our second year is a great thing, maybe next year [the festival] is in an arena,” Reid shared.