Why you should care
Because no other festival is bold enough to bring you voices like this.
This is an OZY Special Briefing, an extension of the Presidential Daily Brief. The Special Briefing tells you what you need to know about an important issue, individual or story that is making news. Each one serves up an interesting selection of facts, opinions, images and videos in order to catch you up and vault you ahead.
WHAT TO KNOW
What is happening? If you’re not in the Big Apple this weekend, you’re missing the event of the summer. The third annual OZY Fest has doubled in size, running on both Saturday and Sunday in Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield. Festivalgoers will dance, laugh, eat and think like never before — all weekend long.
Who’s coming? Young the Giant, Common, Passion Pit and Grouplove will rock the stage. Michelle Wolf, Chelsea Handler, Hasan Minhaj and Scott Rogowsky will make you laugh. Hillary Clinton, Cynthia Nixon, Rep. Mark Sanford and Karl Rove will spark political debates. And Roxane Gay, Malcolm Gladwell and Salman Rushdie will tell stories that’ll make you think, and maybe even cry. Feeling competitive? Take on Alex Rodriguez and Tony Gonzalez, or stand up with Rose McGowan and Laverne Cox. And when you need more energy, eat with Marcus Samuelsson and Roy Choi.
How do I get tickets? VIP passes are sold out, but you can still get your hands on one- or two-day tickets here — if you hurry.
HOW TO THINK ABOUT IT
Bridging the partisan divide. Whether your Twitter handle sports #resist or #MAGA, you’re welcome at OZY Fest. But be warned: We will burst your bubble with new perspectives. Hillary Clinton will address her political future, along with potential 2020 presidential hopefuls Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Tom Steyer. Meanwhile, Cynthia Nixon, who’s fired up New York liberals with her primary challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez will talk about the way forward for a party in the wilderness. Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Mark Sanford, meanwhile, will share their conservative views, along with strategist Karl Rove and activist Grover Norquist. Bring your water bottle … because there will be plenty of heated discussions on guns, immigration, Russia and more.
The future of everything. Panels will tour the future of Hollywood for people of color and the LGBTQ community; the future of education with VIPKid’s Cindy Mi; tomorrow’s business world with Flywheel’s Ruth Zukerman; forward-looking fashion with Christian Siriano and Isaac Mizrahi; and the future of … everything, with Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker and investor Mike Moe. Want to See Beyond and know what the future holds? Get yourself to OZY Fest.
Still not tempted? Festivals, of course, are about fun. Hit rapper Common — only a Tony short of an EGOT — will bring the beats, and alt rockers Young the Giant will shred while Passion Pit sends you on a sonic journey. For laughs, we’ve invited Michelle Wolf, fresh from her daring White House Correspondents’ Dinner routine, to share her edgy comedy with OZY fans. But she’s not alone: Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj and Chelsea Handler will dish out their own laughs.
This isn’t your mama’s takeaway. For fuel, we’re going right to the top with great eats by celebrity chefs Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster, Kitchen & Table) and Roy Choi (Kogi BBQ). Both will conduct interactive food demos. And there’s a whole lot more to tickle your taste buds. Vendors include Destination Dumplings, Yankee Doodle Dandy’s (fried chicken), Kotti Berliner Döner Kebab, Korilla BBQ (that’s Korean burritos) and Noodle Lane (Sichuan style). Stop drooling and get to Central Park.
WHAT TO READ
EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton joins star-studded lineup for OZY Fest in Central Park, by Spencer Dukoff in the New York Daily News
“After attracting more than 5,000 attendees for last year’s single-day festival … Ozy Fest will expand to two days in 2018. The festival will also be livestreamed by the BBC.”
Drummer François Comtois reveals how Young the Giant is preparing for OZY Fest, by Michael Dolce in amNewYork
“We’ve played quite a few festivals [but] there’s something about OZY Fest bringing together music, politics and food all in one place [that] for us is always enticing. And of course, playing in New York City is always intriguing, so it was a no-brainer.”
WHAT TO WATCH
OZY’s YouTube Live Stream
Can’t make the fest? We’re bummed to miss you, but you can catch all the action streaming live all day Saturday and Sunday on our YouTube page.
OZY Fest 2017 Highlights
Catch up on what happened last year in Central Park.
WHAT TO SAY AT THE WATER COOLER
Grab your crystal ball. The publicly released lineup discussed above doesn’t tell the full story. Some unannounced special guests are ready to set this joint on fire. Figuratively … we hope. In the meantime, start placing bets with your friends. We bet you’ll get it wrong.