Innovation and Music Take Center Stage at the Thrival Festival

Merging music, innovation, and new ideas, the Thrival Innovation + Music Festival is set to showcase local thought leaders, national entertainers and the city of Pittsburgh.

Heading into its third year, Thrival Festival is hitting its stride and expanding in every which way. From the size of the venue and the number of musical acts to an expanded focus on innovation and entrepreneurship programming, this year’s event is unlike anything Pittsburgh has seen before. And that’s by design.

Rock out, outdoors

Featuring 25 acts, over two days, on a six-acre concert site, the music portion of the festival features both local performers and national acts.

This year’s headliners are led by Panic! At the Disco — who will headline Friday night. The pop-punk favorite is paired with a wide range of artists that range from rock to rap and even electropop.

A pair of Wu-Tang alums, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, will be on hand to co-headline Saturday night along with Atlanta-based indie-rockers, Manchester Orchestra. Wale (coming off a #1 album this spring), Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness (the latest project from the mind behind Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin), and Canadian rising star, Lights, will add to an eclectic line-up.

This two day concert will be held outdoors, at the Almono development site in Hazelwood, on September 25 and 26. Once upon a time this location was home to LTV Coke Works, at present it’s set to undergo a transformation that would reinvent this brownfield; transforming the space into a mixed-use, eco-friendly, riverfront development. And Thrival marks the kickoff of its comeback.

Get in on the innovation

The week leading up to the music portion of the festival is packed with over 30 innovation-focused events that span multiple locations across the city, all geared towards entrepreneurs, impact-makers, creatives, and business leaders. These cutting-edge innovation programs will showcase focus areas such as gaming, sustainability, education, economic development, and technology within five specific innovation tracks: connectors, leaders, makers, pioneers and thinkers.

Beginning on September 21, the innovation programming will get underway. Each day of the week is focused on a specific theme. From Media and Education to Gaming, Leadership and Entrepreneurship, as well as Health and Wellness, the innovation component of the festival is as diverse as the musical lineup.