Lauren Lawler and Bri Maiden are only going to 16Fest for Lil Uzi Vert.

Other than that performer, they’re not thrilled with this year’s lineup.

“I don’t really know any of them,” Maiden, a sophomore studying exercise physiology, said.

If you go

What: The 16th Number Fest

When: 6 p.m., Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Venue of Athens, 8003 St. Rt. 56 

Admission: $85 for a two-day general admission pass, $35 for Friday general admission, $60 for Saturday general admission, $30 for a camping pass

The 16th Number Fest will start Friday at 6 p.m. with EDM headliner RL Grime performing at 9:45 p.m. EDM artist Marshmello is the headliner for Saturday and will perform at 9:50 p.m. Lil Uzi Vert and Rezz are among the openers for Marshmello, and the first performances will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell will be the host on Saturday.

16Fest offers camping for $30, a perk that was added in 2016, according to a previous Post report. A year before camping was implemented, the Bring Your Own Bottle policy was nixed and the fest began selling alcohol on the premise. This year, there will be a drink happy hour from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Lawler, a sophomore studying economics, was hoping artists like Khalid and Kehlani would be on the lineup. Maiden was looking for “rockstar” performer Post Malone. 

Post Malone is one of the artists performing at Coachella. The music festival in California was extended to two weekends, one of which shares dates with 16Fest. Kehlani was also brought out for Cardi B’s Coachella set.

The 16Fest lineup features a handful of Ohio-based acts, and a lot of the performers are EDM artists. Lawler likes some EDM songs, but this year’s lineup features too much EDM, she said.

“I think it’s too much,” Lawler said. “I think it should be more serious rappers.”

Peter Russ, a sophomore studying English and creative writing, said there are more smaller artists performing this year than last year, and the EDM doesn’t appeal to him. He likes Lil Uzi Vert, but he said he wouldn’t spend money to sit through other artists he doesn’t care about.

“Last year they had a lot more big headliners like 21 Savage and Migos and this year they’re focusing more on EDM and that’s not really my focus for a concert,” Russ said. “The lineup from last year was like the prime lineup. If they had the same lineup from last year as they did this year and a few new people that have come out, I probably would have gone.”

Lawler liked the experience she had at 15Fest, but she thinks this year’s lineup will affect the atmosphere.

“I’ve heard a lot of people aren’t going,” Lawler said. “They’re just like, ‘It’s not worth it.’ So I think definitely ticket sales are going to be down.”

Here are all of the artists performing at 16Fest:


Marshmello is a well-known EDM artist and producer. He has collaborated with many artists, including Selena Gomez, Logic and Khalid.

Lil Uzi Vert

Lil Uzi Vert is a hip-hop artist from Philadelphia. He is known for his collaboration with Migos on “Bad and Boujee” and his solo single “XO TOUR Llif3.”

RL Grime

RL Grime is an electronic music producer known for his songs “Waiting” and “Core.” He has more than two million monthly listeners on Spotify. 


Rezz is a 23-year-old Canadian DJ from Niagara Falls, Ontario. Her most-listened to song on Spotify is “Edge” with more than three million plays.

Trippie Redd

Trippie Redd is a Canton-based rapper. At 18 years old, he has more than five million monthly listeners on Spotify.  


MadeinTYO is a platinum-selling artist for his song “Uber Everywhere.” The song has more than 149 million plays on Spotify.

Two Friends

Two Friends is a Los Angeles-based DJ and producer duo. It is known for its songs “Out of Love” and “Pacific Coast Highway.”


GTA is a house, trap and hip-hop DJ duo from Miami. The group has more than two million monthly listeners on Spotify.


Gashi is a Brooklyn-raised rapper and singer. His song “Disrespectful” has more than 42 million plays on Spotify. 

YBN Nahmir

YBN Nahmir is an 18-year-old rapper from Birmingham, Alabama. He is known for his song “Rubbin Off The Paint,” which has more than 81 million plays on Spotify. 


SAINt JHN is a rapper, singer and songwriter who got his start in the music industry in the mid-2010s. He has more than one million monthly listeners on Spotify.

Maxo Kream

Maxo Kream is a rapper out of Texas. He released his first album, Punken, in January. 

Justin Caruso

Justin Caruso is a senior at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and balances his DJ career with a full course load.


Parker is an EDM artist known for his song “Afterglow,” which has more than one million plays on Spotify.


Xie is a Los-Angeles based DJ who said she’s paving a way for women in the industry. She has more than 100,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.

Mr. Kristopher

Mr. Kristopher is an EDM artist who just released an EP, Re-Communed, in February.


Rarri is a Columbus native and new to the music scene. He is a hip-hop performer.


Corrupt is a music producer and DJ from Columbus. His song “With You” has more than 200,000 plays on Spotify.

Dark Heart

Dark Heart is an EDM artist known for his remix of Gashi’s song “Turn Me Down,” which has more than four million plays on Spotify.

Brave Native

Brave Native is an indie-pop band from Los Angeles. Its 2016 single, “Contact,” has more than 14,000 plays on Spotify.


KMB is a Columbus-based music producer with more than 16,000 followers on SoundCloud. 


Emogee is an electronic music duo with more than 15,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. 

Danny Basic

Danny Basic is an EDM artist with five tracks on SoundCloud.

Bobby Booshay

Bobby Booshay is a student at Ohio University and is a DJ from Cleveland.


Vaance is a Cincinnati-based dance, pop and electronic music producer. His song “Nostalgia” has nearly 150,000 plays on Spotify.

Tobilla Muffin

Tobilla Muffin is a rapper from Columbus. His most-listened song is “Matters,” which has more than 100,000 plays on SoundCloud.

Cryztal Grid

Cryztal Grid is a bass and trap music duo based in Dayton. The relatively new group has one song, “On Fire,” on its SoundCloud.