Trillectro Music Festival

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Trillectro Music Festival
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GenreElectronic dance music, Hip hop, Indie rock
DatesAugust 29, 2015
Location(s)Washington, DC
Years active2012-Present
WebsiteOfficial Website

Trillectro Music Festival is a Washington, D.C.-based music festival founded in 2012. The annual single-day outdoor gathering features hip-hop, electronic, R&B and indie rock acts and is lauded for showcasing up-and-coming musicians on the eve of their big break.[1]


Organized by DC to BC, a music-marketing group started by three area natives, Trillectro is recognized as the area's first hip-hop and electronic music festival.[2] The name Trillectro, a portmanteau of “trill” (meaning “authentic” in hip-hop circles) and “electro” (short for “electronic”), embodies the festival's credo of bridging the gap between music genres. Beyond music, the festival is also known as a showcase for local talent, including artists, vendors and small businesses.

Trillectro 2012 Flyer Front


The inaugural Trillectro was held on August 11, 2012 at The Half Street Fairgrounds near Nationals Park and featured two stages.[3]

Trillectro 2012 Flyer Back



Trillectro 2013 Flyer Front

Trillectro 2013 was held on August 17 at The Half Street Fairgrounds near Nationals Park.[5] The second year experienced a more than 100% growth rate, partially attributed to the organizers used of “crowdspeaking” platform Thunderclap.[6] The social media campaign exceeded its supporter goal by 32% and reached over 5 million people.[7]

Trillectro 2013 Flyer Back



To accommodate an expected rise in attendance, Trillectro 2014 moved to DC's historic RFK Stadium’s festival grounds and was held on August 23. In addition to the one-day event, the festival also hosted a handful of smaller parties throughout the week.[8]

Trillectro 2014 Flyer



On July 8, festival organizers announced that Trillectro 2015 will be held on Saturday, August 29 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.[9]

Trillectro 2015 Flyer



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  2. ^ Buerger, Megan. "Trillectro, D.C.'s first hip-hop and electronic dance festival, is an overall success". Washington Post. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  3. ^ Yates, Clinton. "DC to BC's Trillectro festival: Taking a Venn diagram approach to music". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  4. ^ "trillectro music festival 2012 // the after-movie". Vimeo. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  5. ^ Yenigun, Sami. "Trillectro still has growing pains, but it's turning into a fine young festival". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  6. ^ "TRILLECTRO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013 // THE AFTER-MOVIE". Vimeo. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Trillectro Case Study". Thunderclap. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  8. ^ Yates, Clinton. "Trillectro grows from project, to festival, now a movement". Washington Post. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  9. ^ Ramanathan, Lavanya. "Trillectro music festival is moving to Merriweather Post Pavilion". Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 July 2015.