The Roots Confirm Roots Picnic 2018 Lineup


Philadelphia’s own The Roots have revealed the details of this year’s Roots Picnic. The Roots will headline and have helped curate the event, which will take place at Festival Pier in Philadelphia on June 2, and is produced in conjunction with Live Nation Urban.

Usually, The Roots collaborate with musicians they haven’t performed with in the past for their headlining set. This year, The Roots will team with comedian Dave Chappelle and surprise guests for a special “Jam Session.” Other musical acts confirmed for Roots Picnic ’18 include Lil Uzi Vert, Dirty Projectors, The Diplomats, Sun Ra Arkestra, BADBADNOTGOOD, 2 Chainz and Black Thought’s Live Mixtape feat. Fabolous and Jadakiss. Check out the full lineup below.


In addition to the Music Stage, Roots Picnic will also feature a Podcast Stage which plays host to live podcasts such as Drink Champs, On One with Angela Rye, Questlove Supreme and more. The Lifestyle Stage offers a MADDEN & NBA2K Tournament as well as a Fashion Panel, an Art Panel, Hustle Panel and an art market featuring local vendors called The mARkeT.

“This year we’ve tried to vary the non-musical elements of the lineup. We see so many homogenous festival lineups, and we’ve always prided ourselves on trying to create unique moments for the Roots Picnic attendee that they can’t see anywhere else. The Roots headline collaborative set is always unique, and in addition we are very bullish on the podcast space, so we’ve decided to dedicate and program an entire stage with some of the best culturally relevant podcasts,” said Shawn Gee, The Roots longtime manager and President of Live Nation Urban.


A pre-sale is underway for CITI card members. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 16 at 12 p.m. ET. Both the pre-sale and general on-sale are available via Ticketmaster.


[Freestylin’ With The Roots With Dave Chappelle]

Roots Picnic 2018 Lineup


The Roots x Dave Chappelle Jam Session with Special Guests

Music Stage

  • Dirty Projectors
  • The Diplomats
  • 2 Chainz
  • 6lack
  • DVSN
  • Brandy
  • Black Thought’s Live Mixtape Feat. Fabolous & Jadakiss
  • Rapsody
  • Rich The Kid & Jay Critch
  • Goldlink
  • DJ Drama Presents Gangsta Grillz With Special Guests
  • DJ Kid Capri
  • Grits & Biscuits
  • Jo Jo Abbot
  • Sun Ra Arkestra
  • Tierra Whack
  • Bri Stevens

Podcast Stage

  • Drink Champs
  • On One with Angela Rye
  • Questlove Supreme
  • ItsTheReal
  • The Realest Podcast

Lifestyle Stage

  • Madden + NBA2K Tournament Hosted By iPod King Carter
  • Fashion Panel
  • Art Panel
  • Hustle Panel
  • The mARkeT