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Lay Zhang of EXO to headline METAMOON Music Festival in NYC, November 2022

The MetaMoon Music Festival, a festival and cultural experience to celebrate the Asian American diaspora, is coming to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, 26 November 2022.

Founded by Hong Kong-based Graceful Media and produced in partnership with Live Nation, the inaugural MetaMoon Music Festival will showcase the global reach and impact of Asian artists, music, and fans, while emphasizing the culturally rich and diverse communities in Brooklyn and across New York City.

Lay Zhang EXO Metamoon Music Festival
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One of the festival highlights for its first year includes Lay Zhang from K-pop supergroup EXO, who will be headlining the event. The award-winning Chinese singer-songwriter/actor is expected to bring an exciting performance to share with his fans around the world. MetaMoon Music Festival will also feature performers from Asia, including many who will be making their United States debut like 9m88, Karencici, ØZI, and Sury Su, who will be making their arena debuts in the US. More artists and special guests are expected to be announced and American rapper-comedian MC Jin will host the evening. Tickets are available online at seatgeek.com and barclayscenter.com.

“There is a great need for stronger Asian representation in pop culture and the media, and the mission of MetaMoon Music Festival is to give artists the ability to shine from a prominent stage in the heart of Brooklyn,” said Grace Chen, Founder of Graceful Media. “Now more than ever, music is truly a global language, and talent, no matter where they come from, will resonate with fans across cultures if given the opportunity to share their passion and creativity.”

MetaMoon Music Festival’s mission is to bridge the gap between Asia and the United States and show that music is a universal language. The Asian community has been historically underrepresented in American entertainment. Now more than ever, cultural exchanges and the power of pop culture can counteract the polarizing politics and geopolitical challenges in society.

Graceful Media set out to create a platform in the United States for Asian and Asian American artists, who may not receive the visibility they deserve, to have a space where their fans can connect and celebrate while discovering new music and artists. New York City has the most prominent Asian-American population in the United States – almost 15% of the entire city’s population – making Barclays Center the perfect host venue for the festival.

“Live Nation is committed to creating endless opportunities to connect artists of all genres and backgrounds with their fans,” said Geoff Gordon, Regional President, Live Nation Northeast. “The inaugural MetaMoon Music Festival will inspire and create new and exciting opportunities for many of today’s Asian artists, from both here and abroad, to shine brightly, and engage their fans in this epic and unforgettable event.”

“Since opening our doors in 2012, Barclays Center has hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry, bringing countless fans and artists together in the heart of Brooklyn,” said Laurie Jacoby, Executive Vice President and Chief Entertainment Officer at BSE Global, parent company of Barclays Center. “Our goal is for MetaMoon Music Festival to highlight the importance of the Asian community while simultaneously celebrating the diverse and exciting culture of our city.”

For more information on the MetaMoon Music Festival, please visit www.metamoonfest.com.


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