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The Roots Picnic Is Moving From Penn’s Landing to “Greener Pastures”

Here are details and the just-announced lineup.


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The Roots Picnic will move to the Mann Center this summer. | Photo via DerekBrad.com/The Knight Foundation

The Roots Picnic has found a new home in “greener pastures.”

Festival organizer and the Roots’ frontman Questlove announced that the long-running Philly event will move to the Mann Center this summer. The festival has been held at Penn’s Landing along the Delaware River for the past 11 years.

“First & foremost we wanna say that for the longest all we ever wanted to do was to give our hometown the dopest festival ever,” Questlove said in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “It was a great 11 years at #PennsLanding: now its time to rise up. We going to greener pastures! We are moving the picnic to the MannMusicCenterGrounds in #FairmountPark … Trust us on this!”

Questlove said the Mann Center will have “ample parking” and transportation services on call (which is good, because anyone who’s ever gone to the Mann Center knows parking and traffic nearby can sometimes be a mess).

This year’s Roots Picnic will be held on June 1st. Questlove also announced on Tuesday the festival lineup, which includes the Roots (of course) performing their fourth studio album, Things Fall Apart, as well as headliners H.E.R., 21 Savage and Lil Baby, plus Davido, Raphael Saadiq vs. Soulquarians and more. You can see the full lineup below or on the website for the Roots Picnic.

Tickets for the event go on sale at noon this Friday. Early-bird tickets will cost $69.50, advance tickets will cost $79.50, and “last chance” tickets will go for $89.50. You can also get $350 VIP tickets, which will grant you access to a special VIP-only admission pit for the main and second stages, as well as to exclusive, air-conditioned VIP hang areas, fast-lane entry into the event, and an on-site host. You can find more information on the official website for the Roots Picnic.