9Fest lineup has high volume of electronica and hip-hop artists

Rob “Rez” Resnik, left, and Cal Shapiro compose the indie-pop duo Timeflies. Notable dubstep producer 12th Planet will join Timeflies as a headliner for 9Fest on May 19. (via timefliesmusic.com)

Since 2004, Number Fest has supplied a wild day full of music and partying, and on Tuesday, 9Fest event organizers used Twitter to announce that the party’s soundtrack will include a heavy dose of electronica and hip-hop.

“DJs and electronic music have been prominent, and our goal this year was to continue to pursue up-and-coming artists and focus more on the electronic party scene,” said Dominic Petrozzi, the event’s founder. “We are reaching out to a whole new demographic, which we are really excited about.”

The May 19 fest’s lineup will include headliners such as notable dubstep producer 12th Planet and indie-pop band Timeflies. The festival will take place at the same location on West Union Street, just past the Southeast Beverage Company, as last year.

“Twitter is crazy right now,” Petrozzi said Tuesday after the announcement. “We have already sold over 2,000 tickets.”

Timeflies, which comprises vocalist Cal Shapiro and producer Rob “Rez” Resnik, got its start using YouTube to release a new freestyle rap every Tuesday in a series called “Timeflies Tuesday.”

The duo released its debut album, The Scotch Tape, last September. The album has had success on iTunes, climbing to No. 8 on the iTunes overall chart and reaching No. 2 on the iTunes Pop Chart within just 24 hours of its release.

“Booking an artist for our show before any other fest is what we pride ourselves on,” Petrozzi said. “We feel we filled that role with Timeflies, as they are considered one of the more prominent up-and-coming indie-pop groups.”

12th Planet, sometimes referred to as the “American Dubstep King,” is best known for his work with Grammy-winner Skrillex on tracks such as “Father Said,” “Needed Change,” and “Burst.”  

“We wanted to expand entertainment into the DJ dubstep genre,” Petrozzi said. “He was one of the best available to us.”

Tickets will be sold online at 9Festohio.com and at Courtside Pizza, Yannis, DP Dough and The J Bar for $25 until April 2. The price will then increase to $30 and will be $40 at the door.

“I think it is a great thing,” said Kristen Mitchell, a freshman at Ohio University. “I’m excited because it’s the first one I’ve been here for, and I want to see what it’s all about. I have a feeling that this year is going to be awesome.”


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