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Seventh Annual BROKE LA Announces Official Lineup


cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA, with Associate Producers Brownies and Lemonade, Shifty Rhythms, and Department 4, are proud to announce the lineup for the 2017 BROKE LA Music & Arts Festival. The festival's new location will be 4560 Worth St and will occur on the new date of April 8th, 2017. The date move shifts the festival away from overlapping with Coachella weekend for the first time ever, kicking off festival season in Los Angeles. Commenting on the change, Executive Director Negin Singh notes, "It is important for us, first and foremost, that our event serve our artists in their professional development. We are proud of our unbelievable talent and want to ensure that those in the music industry as well as our audience can freely engage in discovery at our festival without having to sacrifice celebrating what's big in the mainstream festival circuit."

The one-day extravaganza, celebrating the immense talent and diversity of LA's art scene, will feature more than 50 musical acts across four stages, LA's best up-and-coming comedians, festival-encompassing art installations, one-of-a-kind delicious street food, drinks, photo booths, activism hubs, boutique vendors, merchandise and more to come- all for less than a tank of gas.

This year, we are proud to highlight a slew of returning sponsors, including Associate Producers Department 4 who will be creating one of a kind content capturing the immersive, experiential feel of the festival, major media partner LA WEEKLY (5th year returning), official gear partner CFG RENTALS (5th year returning), Official Photo Booth Partner SNAPFIESTA (5th year returning), official beer sponsor LAGUNITAS BREWING COMPANY (4th year returning), The Official Energy Drink of Broke LA MONSTER ENERGY (3rd year returning), ticketing partner TICKETFLY (2nd year returning), nonprofit partner THE IMPROV SPACE (2nd year returning), and Bark LA partner NKLA (2nd year returning). In addition we welcome longtime cARTel partner but first time Broke LA sponsor ANGEL CITY BREWING.

The theme of this year's festival will be BROKE Playground, inviting attendees to play with us through festival-wide experiential installations. Guests can expect art and interactivity on a much larger scale than previous years, including each stage being marked by its own whimsical playground buildout.

Jungle Gym

Playing on the Jungle Gym stage, BROKE LA will host blissful psych-pop headliner and KCRW favorite James Supercave, alt-rock-pop Echo Park Rising stand out Bloodboy, post-punk-inspired pop duo featuring the former drummer of The Neighborhood and Olivver the Kid La Bouquet, melodic indie rock quartet currently touring with the Shins Kid Wave, K-Trop dance pop duo Kolaj, Caffeine Pop-Punk foursome Ugly Sweaters, Brooklyn based indie rock trio BRAEVES, the sonic airy world rhythms of Fellow Bohemian, USC reigning booty shakers and funk punk quintet, Thumpasaurus, and Portland based one man multi instrumentalist Candy Cigarettes.

Ball Pit

Over at the Ball Pit stage, we'll hear the lo-fi neo-psychedelia sounds of Boyo, soulful glittery synth group Dream Machines, hypnotic alternative electronic artist and former American Idol contender Zealyn, sex-pop experience Tickle Torture, Atmospheric rock quartet Raener, contemporary dream pop singer/songwriter Velvet (formerly Emily Gold), harsh-pop avant garde musician Goosehappen, harmony heavy indie pop band Emerson Star, freak folk surf rockers Send Medicine and Disco-Pop Trio Iconique.

Bounce House

Over at the Bounce House, we'll find Mad Decent Block Party regular Neo Fresco, LA's underground trap sweetheart Honey, the Energetic "Jersey Club" inspired Hikeii, eclectic internet-influenced beats from DJ Clickbait, NEST HQ and author of the New York Times Bestseller, Nightcore: A Beautiful Travesty collaboration FAN FICTION, the shiny, colorful music of the pixelated producer Pusher, member of TeamSupreme with incredible production skills AWE, Video game musician and VR DJ pioneer Grimecraft, Turnt up emerging trap producer $yrup, Dim Mak Records' club maestro R3LL and more.


The Swings stage will showcase the likes of new wave DJ, well respected figure in the bass community CRNKN, Melodic supernatural experience PHAM, the Classical music inspired futurism of sober rob, electronic hip-hop pioneer Malcolm Anthony, Pop-jazz video game inspired pianist and producer omniboi, RnB and neo-soul singer/songwriter Noah, Pigs and Planes favorite and San Diego's answer to Kendrick Lamar John Givez, the emotional and conceptual lyrics of dylAn, a refreshing new voice in hip-hop Ta'East, the animal friendly club-music of FOFOFADI, distorted emotional modern dance-synth duo ARDENCY, Usher and Ty Dolla Sign Collaborator Marko Penn, and more.


2017 will also see the return of our dedicated comedy stage, curated by local comedians Omid Singh, Robbie Kirkhuff and producer Chelsea Quinn. It will feature a lineup of the best comedians about to make a splash on the LA scene, including headliners Kyle Kinane (Netflix's Love, TruTV's Those Who Can't, Conan), Marcella Arguello ( Seeso's The UCB Show, TimeOut LA 2017 Comedian To Watch) and David Gborie (Comedy Central Comic to Watch, Vice's Flophouse, Conan).

Complete details on these stages can be found at

Bark LA: Rescue Playground

The 2017 festival will also feature BARK LA: Rescue Playground, in conjunction with returning partners No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA). The activation allows attendees to fest with their favorite furry friend (prior registration required), or fall in love with an adoptable animal onsite. BROKE LA has joined NKLA on its mission to make Los Angeles a no kill city by 2017. Currently, the city is at 89% of its goal, making activation points like the one at BROKE LA, integral in helping the organization reach 100%.

Same Sky @ BROKE LA

After making its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, the Same Sky activism hub will join BROKE LA's Green Initiative. Emphasizing the importance of Making Your Voice Heard, the space will be home to such civic engagement points as Voter Registration, Congressional Letter-writing, Political Button Making, and more. Attendees can additionally join the #SameSkyProject community on Instagram prior to the festival, by sharing photos of their sky and a personal message with the project hashtag. Also part of our Green Initiative, a portion of the festival will be powered by solar technology via our sister property Sunstock.

Details on additional activations, vendors, food & drink, activities, sponsors and more will be announced in the coming weeks.

Notable BROKE LA alums include Coachella players The Dead Ships, Miley Cyrus collaborator Buddy, Issa Rae, DJ success stories Vindata, gLAdiator, and Team Supreme, and comedians Jimmy Wong, Solomon Gregorio, Theo Von and new SNL cast member Melissa Villaseñor. Past vendor success stories include accessories line Stone & Cloth, a 2013 BROKE vendor, now stocked in Target Stores nationwide. In addition, electronic & rap stage producers Brownies & Lemonade have attracted guest spots by artists such as Skrillex and Lido, and have produced major shows for the city, including the official after party for Downtown's Night on Broadway.


BROKE LA began as a one-off event attracting a modest 400 Angelenos to celebrate art & music locally. Now in its 7th year, BROKE LA attracted 5,500 attendees in 2016, and has become an annual arts & music showcase featuring 4 stages, visual art, vendors, and comedy. 2017 attendance is projected at 7,500-10,000 people. A true discovery fest, the re-born BROKE LA is LA's premiere destination to celebrate all things fresh and vibrant in Los Angeles, from music and art, to local vendors & businesses, visual artists and even tech innovations from LA's burgeoning startup community. Got a question/comment/concern? Email us!

cARTel is a creative Production Company building immersive experiences that focus on discovery, storytelling and impact. We believe the next big thing starts here. Founded in 2007. Creators of BROKE LA, No Budget Film Festival & the Art | Party | Gallery Series. Producers of Sunstock Solar Festival and Wonder Women Tech Conference.

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