Emerge blends music and conversation for a unique festival formula

Clockwise from left: Laura Jane Grace, Gerard Way, Talib Kweli, Brandon Flowers, Big Freedia and Andrew Bird

No matter how many festivals you’ve attended, you’ve never been to one like Emerge before … well, unless you went to last year’s inaugural edition. But really, aside from its mission—to unite music, speakers and socially conscious themes—Emerge 2.0 won’t be all that similar to its predecessor, either.

This time, you’ll remain at a single property, the Hard Rock Hotel, to take in all that Emerge has to offer. The fest has been refocused and condensed into two, fat-free days stacked with big names like Brandon Flowers, Gerard Way, Andrew Bird and Laura Jane Grace and rising stars you’ll be hearing a whole lot more from soon.

We suggest digging deep into the 2019 lineup before planning your weekend, starting with our interviews and our picks to produce some of the festival’s most memorable performances.

Singer-songwriter Andrew Bird prepares to get ‘brave’ at Emerge

Parkland survivor-activists Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg are trying to stem the gun-violence tide

Seven acts to circle in your Emerge festival planner

Big Freedia—the self-proclaimed ‘Queen of Bounce’—brings her infectious energy to Emerge

The Emerge fest corrals its ideas and ambitions within four relatable themes

EMERGE May 31 & June 1, times vary, $199/weekend, $130/day, $25-$55/show. Hard Rock Hotel, emergelv.com.

Las Vegas Weekly is a partnering sponsor of Emerge 2019
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