Hey Ya, Atlanta! Outkast to Return After 8 Years

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Atlanta’s favorite hip hop sons are coming home!

Hip Hop pioneers Outkast have announced their plans to return to the city where it all started. Fans were already stoked when the duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi returned to live performances after an eight year hiatus, but now that an Atlanta homecoming is imminent the ATLiens are going wild. The concert will take place on September 27th at the city’s Centennial Olympic Park. The event is described as Outkast’s “curating” of a one day festival with several support acts to be announced in the near future.

“Coming from Atlanta gave us the freedom to be whatever we ever wanted to be, because no one was paying attention,” André 3000 said. “Now that everyone is, we want to say thank you.” Big Boi added in his statement that “It’s only right that we give the hometown what we’ve been giving the rest of the world, Atliens in ATL, homecoming! Festival Killers!”

This tour marks the first time Outkast has performed since promoting their album/movie Idlewild. The unofficial tour, which kicked off with a hugely elaborate appearance at Coachella, includes over 40 performances so far including last week’s Governors Ball. The performances were announced one by one over time which drove several fans crazy wondering if and when Outkast would announce an Atlanta appearance. Now those people are breathing a bit easier while jumping up and down in excitement.

Outkast formed together in 1992 when Andre “3000” Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton met at Atlanta’s Lenox Square shopping mall when each was 16. Ever since that the day the two began regular collaborations and hosted some epic rap battles in their high school cafeteria. Soon after, Outkast signed with LaFace Records to produce their first single ‘Player’s Ball”. This paved the way for the runaway success of ATLiens, widely considered one of the greatest and most influential hip hop albums of all time. In the years since the duo has released extremely popular singles such as “Elevators (Me & You)”, “Ms. Jackson”, “Hey Ya!”, “The Way You Move”, and “Roses”. Outkast fans are looking very forward to hearing all those songs and more live this September.

Tickets for Outkast’s Atlanta return will go on sale at 10 pm EST on Wednesday, June 18. They can be bought here.