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Freaknik needs a new home; Organizer says location deal went wrong

Carlos Neal confirmed with 11Alive there has been a mix up in the planning.

ATLANTA — The current organizer behind the resurgence of Freaknik says he is looking for a new location.

Carlos Neal confirmed with 11Alive there has been a mix up in the planning.

Last week, we told you about the revival of the popular gathering returning as a 3-day festival.

RELATED: Freaknik will return again to Atlanta this summer, as full-on festival

Neal now says the contract he signed to have the festival at Cascade Driving Range is no longer valid.

Neal went to social media to share his thoughts on the latest developments through his After9 Partners Instagram account.

“They didn’t say it would be easy.....but they said it would be worth it. I'm officially in legacy building mode now. "THEY" want our money but not our Kulture 😔. I have done EVERYTHING in my power to make this event positive and well received by the public,” Neal wrote.

Last year, the festival did have a successful run and performances went on without any discrepancies.

FreakNik’s run in the late 90’s ultimately halted for several reasons, including fights and sex assaults.

But Neal brought it back and first dubbed it a “family safe event”.

Back in 1983, college students hosted the first Freaknik at the Atlanta University Center, and it quickly became a nationwide phenomenon.

At one point, the festivities reached a capacity of 100,000 people, according to Atlanta Magazine. But the strain on police and traffic led to the end of Freaknik in 1999

“I had ZERO arrests or fights last year, I partnered with the community to ensure a positive message was delivered, we donated to various non-profits to help them, we spend double on security, I made the minimum age 25+, and by doing all of that, I nearly took a lost in 2019 but I didn’t care because this was for the Kulture,” Neal added.

Last year, several of rap’s biggest names during the bass era performed.

Trina, Scrappy, Uncle Luke,Foxy Brown, Jazzy Pha, Kilo Ali, Ying Yang Twins, Twista, Bun B, Juvenile, 8Ball & MJG, Kamillion, Project Pat, Da Brat, 95 South, and Pastor Troy are just a few of the acts that hit the stage.


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