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Thrival Music + Innovation Festival tickets on sale now


You can now buy tickets for Thrill Mill’s second Thrival Innovation + Music Festival The lineup features two full days of music Sept. 13-14, and boasts big name acts including Portugal. The Man, Moby, Talib Kweli, Phosphorescent, Motion City Soundtrack and Mayer Hawthorne.

The festival has grown in size over the past three years from its former iteration as a barbecue, to a now weekend-long concert attracting big-name national acts. This year Thrill Mill expects around 2,500 people a day to join them at Bakery Square II for the event.

In addition to the aforementioned national bands, local Pittsburgh musicians that will be performing include 1,2,3 and The Red Western.

Thrival is the annual funding mechanism for Thrill Mill, a startup incubator based in East Liberty. It’s also a pitch competition; eight to 10 startups will present their business plan and the winner will be awarded $25,000 furnished by PNC.

Thrill Mill CEO Bobby Zappala says that the festival is about showcasing Pittsburgh’s startup scene and notes that a number of events will be taking place throughout the week leading up to music festival.

“We’ll host a series of workshops and conferences ranging from coding workshops to a leadership symposium to a gaming roundtable,” Zappala says.

Ideally, other organizations around the city will seize the opportunity and the publicity to put on more cool events surrounding innovation and entrepreneurship.

Tickets are available via Showclix and range from $45 for a day pass to $350 for a VIP two-day pass. Learn more about the schedule and lineup here.
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