Thrival announces 2016 concert site and artists


Via Timesonline –

RANKIN — Thrival Festival officials announced the new location for Pittsburgh’s top two-day music festival and confirmed eight of this year’s acts.

Scottish electro-pop trio Chvrches, Canadian synth-rock band Metric and electronic dance music group Thievery Corporation will perform during the Sept. 23-24 festival at the Carrie Furnaces site in Rankin along the Monongahela River.

Chvrches and Metric previously have headlined Stage AE.

The Thrival lineup also will include Lettuce, Rubblebucket, Sir the Baptist, Wild Child and indie-folk singer Brooke Annibale, a Moon Township native. Early bird tickets cost $49 and are on sale now at and More bands will be announced.

Launched in 2013 by Pittsburgh-based nonprofit Thrill Mill, Inc., the officially titled Thrival Innovation + Music Festival has featured headliners such as Panic! At the Disco, Wale, Moby, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah and Portugal. The Man.

Last year’s festival took place at a former mill site in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood section, and previously in the Bakery Square section of East Liberty.

The Hazelwood site is now under redevelopment, requiring Thrival to see a new spot.

“I can’t emphasize enough how excited we are about the Carrie Furnace site,” executive producer Dan Law said, adding that national historic landmark, once a part of the Homestead Steel Works, has been used recently for the filming of TV show “American Ninja Warrior” and for a few films, including “Concussion.” Festival-goers will be able to take tours of the former blast furnace.

“The site has really evolved to facilitate something like Thrival, and like with (the Hazelwood site) it has that post-industrial grit and that feeling of being in an alternative universe, of sorts, that’s being reinvigorated,” Law said.

The festival grounds will include food trucks like last year, though the overall layout will be designed in more of a baseball diamond shape than a long strip, Law said.

Also designed to stimulate entrepreneurship and publicize Pittsburgh’s attributes, this year’s week-long Thrival Innovation programs will explore such themes as “AuthentiCity,” speaking to the complexities of Pittsburgh’s rising status as one of the most livable cities in the U.S., as well as a top food town.

Law said, “Recently, Pittsburgh finds itself on a number of ‘top’ lists, but so much of our city remains undiscovered to a broader audience. The festival offers that unique opportunity to witness why Pittsburgh is a modern comeback story.”

In a press release, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto said, “Pittsburgh has always been a city of innovation and new ideas, and Thrival is not only telling Pittsburgh’s story, but bringing the national and global community to Pittsburgh to be part of our transformation.”

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