Ubahn Fest: Niykee Heaton, local favorites join hip-hop-heavy lineup

Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Big Sean headlining
Ubahn Fest: Niykee Heaton, local favorites join hip-hop-heavy lineup
Posted at 7:32 AM, Jul 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-07 07:43:12-04

CINCINNATI -- Ubahn Fest organizers were already poised to impress in April when they announced the headliners for this year's event. With heavy-hitters such as rappers Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane and EDM superstar Steve Aoki, it's one of the most high-profile lineups in the 4-year-old event's history.

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They're unveiling the rest of the roster Friday, a heavy mix of local and regional favorites with a handful of national acts that will make the Sept. 8-9 event in the Riverfront Transit Center tunnel a must-see. In addition to previously announced Christian rap icon Lecrae, the lineup now also includes model/singer/producer/writer Niykee Heaton, who released her “The Bedroom Tour Playlist” mixtape in spring 2016 featuring the Migos collaboration "Bad Intentions."

The Sept. 8 bill also will feature a return engagement from Chicago poet/activist Malcolm London, Columbus electronic funk trio New Thousand, DJ/producer Chuck Diesel, up-and-coming Cincinnati hip-hop duo M.O.O.N., Cincinnati rapper Jayal and DJ Hilliard.

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Ubahn’s second night will feature Cincinnati rapper/producer and (Mac Miller DJ) Clockwork; Queen City rapper C the Gray; another hometown favorite, Speed (formerly Buggs Tha Rocka); dreamy Cincy hip-hop/rock combo Sylmar/Audley; another Cincy rhymer, Monty C. Benjamin; and music from 101.1 The Wiz DJ J Dough and DJ Berg.

The festival, presented by AGAR and Nederlander Entertainment, drew more than 6,000 hip-hop and electronic music fans to the rarely used tunnel underneath Second Street last fall for an eclectic weekend of music that included Ohio native rapper Machine Gun Kelly, rap legend Nas, party DJ Girl Talk and rising stars Jon Bellion and London. Founder Josh Heuser said he hopes to double attendance this year to 10,000 or more.

The 112,000-square-foot space will once again be filled out by a variety of local, regional and national vendors and concessionaires, as well as interactive art installations, skateboard and graffiti demonstrations and other attractions.

Single-day tickets for this year's event will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for $65 ($75 day of), in addition to two-day passes for $120 and limited-availability VIP passes for $250.

Ubahn Festival

When: 6 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sept. 8-9

Where: Riverfront Transit Center: 220 Central Ave., Downtown (between Third Street and West Pete Rose Way)

Tickets: Single-day $65 ($75 day of), $120 for two-day passes and $250 for limited availability VIP passes. On sale now at and by phone at 800-745-3000. Single-day tickets are available starting at 10 a.m. ET on July 7.