Project GLOW

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Electronic music fans, rejoice! For two days this Spring, D.C. will become ground zero for an epic outdoor dance party. On Tuesday, Jan. 11, global events company Insomniac and D.C’s  electronic music event promotions company, Club Glow, which Insomniac acquired two years ago, announced the birth of Project GLOW, a festival from the folks behind Echostage.

On the weekend of April 30, Project GLOW will take place on the RFK Festival Grounds with two stages showcasing renowned electronic artists, including Above & Beyond, Alan Walker, Diplo, and others. More artists will be announced shortly. 

According to the press release, the festival will be a “culmination of the past 20 years of Club Glow, representing its impact on the D.C. music scene while championing the superstar acts that will take to the new festival stages.” 

Since its creation in 1999, Club Glow has produced hundreds of events at Echostage and Soundcheck. Last year, Echostage was named the number one venue in the world by DJ Mag. Project GLOW is the first major project from the Insomnia and Club Glow partnership, but more events are in the works. 

“Project GLOW has been 20 years in the making. It’s been my dream as a native Washingtonian to do a festival in D.C. proper, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to continue to grow here,” Glow President and CEO Pete Kalamoutsos said in the press release. “After the successes that 2021 brought to Club Glow, Soundcheck, and Echostage, we’re ready to start this next chapter and welcome everyone to Project GLOW.” 

Tickets for the 18-and-up festival—sorry, kids—go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 14 at Tickets start at $99.

But Project GLOW isn’t the only festival dropping an announcement this week. The National Cannabis Festival, which will also take place on the RFK Festival Grounds, has announced its headlining performers for the sixth annual event. Wiz Khalifa, Ghostface Killah, and Slick Rick will play the festival running April 22-24.

Although last year’s event was pushed into the fall due to COVID-19, the 2022 festival resumes its annual spring schedule. This year’s event will also feature a brand new culinary pavilion, according to the press release, where cooking demonstrations, talks, and eating contests (all the pot cookies you can ask for?!) will take place. Also new this year is the National Cannabis Policy Summit, which will take place Friday, April 22 at the ironically named Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The National Cannabis Championship will take place on April 24 at Echostage.

Lettuce, Backyard Band, DuPont Brass, Shamans of Sound, Cramer, and Farrah Flosscett are among National Cannabis Fest’s other performers. Tickets are on sale now at $45–$375.