OZY Media, the media company bringing “the new and the next” to the Change Generation, has announced that the fourth annual OZY FEST will take place on the iconic Great Lawn in Central Park on Saturday, July 20th and Sunday, July 21st.
The unprecedented two-day event has been embraced by the City of New York as “New York City’s answer to SXSW.” OZY Fest 2019 is presented by Ally Financial, iHeart Media, Showtime & Well Being Trust. A limited number of presale tickets are available now at OZY.com/ozyfest.
An eclectic festival of music, comedy, and ideas, OZY Fest brings together today’s hottest musical artists, laugh-out-loud comedians, and some of the world’s most esteemed leaders and innovators across politics, business, technology, the arts and more, engaging in conversation, performance and demonstration like never before. It’s a new kind of festival that defies categorization; The New York Times called OZY Fest “part music festival, part TED talk, part food fair” and Thrillist proclaimed it “the only NYC summer festival you need to attend.”
Offering intellectual provocation and edgy comedy alongside peak-summer sets from some of music’s hottest acts, this year’s lineup includes music from John Legend, Miguel, Jazzy Amra and ARIZONA, discussions with Stacey Abrams and Gov. John Kasich, stand-up from Trevor Noah, Dulcé Sloan and Ronny Chieng; talks from Malcolm Gladwell, Deepak Chopra, and Spike Lee; big thoughts from business leaders Mark Cuban, Cindy Eckert, Thasunda Duckett and Marc Lasry; unbelievable food from Marcus Samuelsson, Padma Lakshmi, Rachael Ray, and many more to be announced. The Festival will be co-hosted by OZY co-founder Carlos Watson and 14-time MLB All-star and Entrepreneur Alex Rodriguez.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the City of New York to do something truly special,” said Carlos Watson, OZY co-founder and CEO. “OZY Fest is like nothing else out there, bringing together the most culturally relevant and eclectic group of celebrities and thought leaders to Central Park, and creating the most interesting two-day weekend for all New Yorkers to enjoy.”
Watch a recap of previous OZY Fests HERE
OZY Fest 2018 attracted over 20,000 guests who danced to the music of Common, Passion Pit, Young the Giant and Grouplove, laughed with Michele Wolf, Chelsea Handler and Hasan Minhaj, ate with Marcus Samuelsson and Roy Choi, and had their minds blown with thought provoking ideas from Malcolm Gladwell, Hillary Clinton, Karl Rove and many more. Previous OZY Fests included Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, Samantha Bee, Issa Rae, Jason Derulo, Katie Couric, Sen. Cory Booker, Jeb Bush, Eddie Huang and many more.
Tickets are on sale now at OZY.com/ozyfest
About OZY Media
With 50 million monthly unique users and five million subscribers, OZY brings readers “the new and the next,” offering original content with an eye toward the future via its digital, podcast and TV platforms, as well as events. Called “the new media magnet for the news hungry” by Fortune magazine, OZY’s in-depth and high-quality journalism has attracted a number of high-profile media partners, including The New York Times, NPR, PBS NewsHour, TED, The Financial Times, Huffington Post and many more. Guest editors have included Bill Gates, President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Condoleezza Rice, Kamala Harris and Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Founded in 2013 by Emmy Award–winning journalist Carlos Watson and co-founder Samir Rao, OZY is based in Mountain View, California, and backed by leading Silicon Valley investors such as Ron Conway, David Drummond, Marc Lasry and Tom Franco, and a significant investment from German publishing giant Axel Springer.