Former Heavyweight Champion boxer-turned-showbiz entertainer Mike Tyson is now taking a jab at the music industry with his own mini-festival. The sports star announced on Tuesday that a one-day music event will take place at his Tyson Ranch Resort in Desert Hot Springs, California on February 23rd, and will be titled, The Kind Music Festival. The event will act as more of a “pop-up” micro-festival, according to its website, but overall it looks to be pretty “awethome” as Iron Mike would say!
Artists who have already been booked and confirmed for the one-day event include Miguel as the headliner, as well as Chicano Batman, Starcrawler, Yonee, Mac Ayres, and All My Friends Hate Me. The event is open to fans of all ages and will include designated “Hang Out Village” and “Chillville” areas filled with 100 specialty bean bags, massive inflatable rides, obstacle courses, and mazes. The “Fun Zone” will presumably not include sparring sessions with Mike, so don’t go getting too ambitious on vodka/Red Bulls, all you meatheads out there. Fans will also be able to enjoy food and beverages from food trucks parked on-site.
There will be no sales or giveaways of cannabis products on site, although the 412-acre entertainment complex is hoping to develop into a cannabis research and design facility in the near future. Fans are encouraged not to bring any illegal drugs or paraphernalia into the event grounds.
Tyson is, of course, no stranger to the world of entertainment. The former fighter rose out of tough Brooklyn neighborhoods as a teenager to become the youngest Heavyweight Champion boxer in history at age 21 back in the 1980s. He quickly punched his way to becoming one of the hottest pay-per-view entertainers in the sport before age and financial mismanagement sent his career into a downward spiral. Tyson has rebounded and rebranded in recent years. In addition to losing post-career weight and launching a theatrical production about his life, he’s also invested his newly earned money in the thriving cannabis industry with The Tyson Ranch.
Tickets for the event will begin general on-sale on Wednesday, January 3rd, and can be found along with more F.A.Q’s by visiting the event’s official website.
[H/T Consequence of Sound]