Music Festivals

OutKast Festival Tour 2014: The complete map and price guide

OutKast is back. You knew that already -- the Atlanta hip-hop duo's return has been somewhat well documented. So much so, in fact, that there's a risk that you have come to underestimate this event. We want to first take a second to emphasize what's happening here.

Let's simplify the problem by reminding everyone that the track represented in the screen cap above, "International Player's Anthem" is the last official release involving the joint project of Andre 3000 and Big Boi. The last one. It's a throw-away remix of a track produced by Three 6 Mafia and in collaboration with the South's hip-hop godfather, UGK (in one of Pimp C's last appearances as well, actually). And it's wonderful, maybe the most purely enjoyable song released in the last decade. It delights in language and sound and clarity in the way most of OutKast's best music does.

And this year, for the first time since 2006, the two great MCs will stand together on stages around the world and offer that delight once again. It's an unusual idea -- a reunion tour comprising entirely music festivals. But it's a great forum for a group such as this: A bonafide main event in any circumstance and a party-starter of unparalleled reliability.

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Isa Jones and Kiernan Maletsky