Sweetgreen, the organic salad shop with 22 locations on the East Coast, has just announced the lineup for Sweetlife 2014: A Music + Food Festival. Sweetlife Festival is a carbon-neutral party that started in 2010 and featured 500 individuals gathered at the parking lot on Sweetgreen’s Dupont location. Described as a “festival with a soul” in their website, the event features performances from local artists as well as healthy food from local farmers and partners, and gives all proceeds to charity. There will three stages, more than 20 artists, and over 900 minutes of live music. Expect electropop, rap, and alternative rock, among others.
For this year—its fourth year running— Sweetlife Festival will be held on Saturday, May 10 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. The lineup will include Foster the People, Lana del Rey, 2 Chainz, Fitz and the Tantrums, ASTR, Bastille Capital Cities, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chromeo, Hozier, St. Lucia, Nicky Blitz, GEMS, and Spirit Animal.
Last year’s event was also held at the Merriweather Post Pavilion and featured Phoenix, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gary Clark Jr., and Solange. Other artists who performed in past festivals included Fun, HAIM, Avicii, The Strokes, Girl Talk, Lupe Fiasco, The Shins, Kid Cudi, A$A, Rocky and Haerts.
Meanwhile, the food lineup will be announced in the following weeks. The venue will have pop-ups and grab-and-go stands serving a variety of salads all throughout the event. It will also include food from the best local restaurants, food trucks, farmers, chefs and others.
Past local restaurants and entrepreneurs featured included Sweetgreen, Rogue 24, Woodberry Kitchen, Toki Underground, Pepe by Jose with Andres, Takoream The Big Cheese, Luke’s Lobster, Kushi Moto by Kushi Izakaya & Sushi, and DGS Delicatessen. Meanwhile, beer had been offered from Boordy Wines, Chocolate City Brewery, DC Brau, Flying Dog, Mountain State Brewing Co., and Peak Organic Brewery.
Last year’s food lineup included Fresh Herb Salad, Sesame Brown Rice Salad, Massaged Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing, Japanese Carrot Ginger Miso Salad, Detox Quinoa Salad, Colorful Pasta Salad, Kohlrabi Carrot Apple Slaw, Peachy White Bean Salad, Carrot & Cabbage Slaw, Chickpea Strawberry Summer Salad, Quinoa Bean Salad with Mango, Chakra Fruit Salad with Enlightened Tahini Sauce, Watermelon Mozzarella Salad, Italian Tuna + Bean Salad, Tempeh and Grilled Peach Salad with Blackberry Cilantro Pesto and Sweet Salty Spicy Simple Breakfast Salad .
The festival is the brainchild of Sweetgreen cofounders, Nicolas Jammet, Jonathan Neman and Nathaniel Ru. Attendees of the event have grown to over 18,500 in the last few years, with the event focused on health and well-being, good life, community and sustainability. There’s also emphasis on reducing carbon footprints with its carbon-neutral theme.
Tickets will start selling on Friday, February 14 at 10AM EST on Ticketfly.com. Last Tuesday, February 11, a special preselling was also made available to Sweetgreen’s Instagram account followers . General Admission Lawn tickets are selling for $75, while General Admission Pavilion tickets with open-seating are at $95. VIP tickets, on the other hand, will sell for $150 and includes access to viewing areas at the Treehouse, the second stage which offers covered cabana lounges and additional bar areas, along with complimentary Sweetgreen salads and filtered water from Bobble Water.
Proceeds will go to “Sweetgreen in School,” an educational program founded by Sweetgreen that promotes the benefits of healthy eating and nutrition to kids and teaches them about the larger impact of their food choices on the planet through fun activities.