Event Spotlight: ComplexCon

  • By Lindsay Biondy | Friday, October 27th, 2017
Event Spotlight: ComplexCon

ComplexCon, the world’s largest gathering of like-minded pop culture enthusiasts, is taking over the Long Beach Convention Center this November! Imagine this as our generation’s World Fair: an expertly curated convention and festival that brings life to the world of Complex, the online hub for all things pop culture. It’s a weekend full of exclusive sneaker drops, headline musical performances, bleeding edge streetwear and fashion, and dialogues from some of today’s brightest cultural leaders.

Thanks to a star-studded Host Committee led by Cultural Director/Executive Chair Pharrell Williams, legendary artist Takashi Murakami, Off-White designer and founder Virgil Abloh, Colette co-founder Sarah Andelman, reggaeton superstar J. Balvin, and actor/activist Jaden Smith, ComplexCon delivers your digital obsessions IRL. It’s full of exclusive panels and conversations, electrifying musical acts, premier exhibits and art installations, and a marketplace overflowing with merch. With so many awesome events wrapped into one, it’s clear that everything fashion, music, pop culture, and social activism is the heart of ComplexCon.

Check out what else this awesome event has in store for 2017!

Engage in Complex Con(versations)

This year’s panels bring together some of the most interesting minds in pop culture to discuss the topics that matter most today. Catch Noah Callahan-Bever, Rick Ross, and Selita Ebanks for an exclusive look into what it was like to work with Kanye West during his masterful 2010 album release in a panel titled, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Panel.” Learn how a new generation of talented chefs like Miss Info and Roy Choi have turned cooking shows on their heads during “The Rebel Chefs,” and listen while they discuss their foodie origins and their views on the modern culinary world. Get fired up for the return of last year’s hottest debate, where host Joe La Puma sits down with fellow esteemed sneakerheads like Lonzo Ball, Wale, and DJ Clark Kent to discuss 2017’s most noteworthy releases before awarding ComplexCon’s most prestigious title, Sneaker of the Year, in this year’s panel by the same name.

Get Hype with Awesome Musical Guests

ComplexCon’s 2017 musical lineup is better than ever this year, with some of today’s top artists. Live performances on two stages from headliners like Gucci Mane, DJ Khaled, M.I.A., A-Trak, and Young Thug are guaranteed to be fire. Not to mention, Friday’s headliner N*E*R*D is performing for the first time in three years, and Chad Hugo, Pharrell Williams, and Shay Haley are sure to rock the house. You won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime lineup!

Shop ‘Til You Drop at Exclusive Pop-ups

Imagine a place where you can meet with top creators and curators to celebrate and shape our culture. Get the jump on the exclusive releases from 200 of the most sought-after brands and retailers in the industry, like Puma, Urban Outfitters, GUESS?, and Virgil Abloh. With a marketplace full of swank drops, limited edition products, and new collaborations, you’ll be part of a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that goes beyond just fashion.

Feast on Good Food and Insane Challenges

Thanks to First We Feast, you can not only indulge in the most diverse collection of food vendors and trucks ever gathered together in one place, you can also watch outrageous food challenges performed by some of today’s hottest celebs. ComplexCon veterans like Free Range and Yeastie Boyz will be back, but there will be some new players slinging BBQ brisket and mac n’ cheese, too. Last year, Sean Evans rained fire on Tony Hawk during a live taping of Hot Ones (a series featuring celebrities being interviewed over a platter of increasingly spicy chicken wings), and basketball star D’Angelo Russell suffered the consequences of Liquid Rage, First We Feast’s hottest sauce, which has a Scoville level of 550,000! So expect even more insane challenges this year, especially when a surprise guest tempts fate with an even hotter sauce, The Last Dab.

The future doesn’t just happen on the internet, score your tickets for ComplexCon 2017 today!