Common Ground takes over Jackson Field this weekend


Common Ground is a yearly musical extravaganza that brings in talent to Lansing from across all genres. Last year, like most big events, Common Ground was canceled due to fears about the spread of COVID

This weekend, the festival will return in a reduced form to Jackson Field in downtown Lansing. 

The headliner this year is producer-turned-rapper G-Eazy. In the past, he’s opened for Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg. Nowadays, he’s climbed far enough through the ranks of stardom to be a festival headliner on his own. 

He’ll be joined by fellow rappers Tee Grizzley, Duckwrth, Yung Baby Tate, Jahmed, Kelsey Lynn and Kossiko. 

The festival was originally going to be a two-day affair and include emo punk heavy-hitters Blink-182 and The Used. Organizers at Common Ground headquarters had to reschedule the festival and do a total rehaul of the lineup after Blink-182 backed out. While the emo crowd is out of luck, rap aficionados have a lot to look forward to this weekend. 

Festival-goers should know that there is no re-entry allowed once you’ve arrived at Common Ground. All bags will be searched before you are allowed to enter the festival. You are only allowed to bring small drawstring bags, purses or fanny packs. Leave your backpack at home. 

Common Ground is an all-ages event, though you absolutely must bring and ID if you are planning on purchasing alcohol. Cell phones and smart phones are allowed in the stadium, but video recorders and professional cameras are not. 

Masks and social distancing are not required, though immunocompromised individuals may feel the need to mask up, as Common Ground typically draws a large crowd.

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