Today Complex announced additional details on its “first ever cultural World’s Fair” ComplexCon, taking place in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, November 5th & Sunday, November 6th. Daytime programming tracks led by curators including: Jay Pharoah, TJ Miller, Dennis Hayseburg, Sam Jackson, Snoop Dog, and Takashi Murakami will kick off Saturday November 5th in the Long Beach Convention Center Grand Ballroom. Complex Conversations themes dig into core elements that make up pop culture including Comedy, Entertainment, Marijuana/Cannabis Culture, Movies, Music, Politics, Sci-Fi, Social Justice, Sneakers, Sports and Technology.
Jesse Williams has joined ComplexCon as an influential speaker spearheading Complex Conversations, a new format of panel discussions with a live audience. Williams will lead a 90-minute panel to discuss technology from a very unique perspective and has been hands on with shaping the conversations for each panel. Williams is the Curator for tech and innovation, themes the actor and activist is very passionate about.
Along with the lineup announcement of the Complex Conversations panels, Complex has announced Director/ Executive Chair, Pharrell Williams and Scott Verner will be hosting a live taping of the Beats1 Radio Show, OTHERone, from the convention floor. OTHERone is a podcast which airs every other Sunday discussing music, current events, and more.
“If Coachella and Art Basel had a baby together, it would be ComplexCon,” says Marc Ecko, Chief Branding & Marketing Officer for Complex Media. ComplexCon is a celebration of everything that is COMPLEX – the ultimate festival experience complete with concerts, panels and conversations, art, food, shopping and much more. In partnership with ReedPOP––a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions and producers of New York’s Comic-Con and fashion trade show Agenda. ComplexCon’s Host Committee of experts includes legendary artist Takashi Murakami, Cultural Director/Executive Chair Pharrell Williams and world-renowned electronic music producer, Skrillex.
ComplexCon Daytime Panel Highlights and Speakers (confirmed as of October 24) delve into all things pop culture including:
The Future of Our Schools- the urgency for change in how we train kids for the future featuring Marc Ecko, Jesse Williams and many more!
Sneaker of The Year – Top sneaker culture figures debate and decide on the best sneaker of the year, led by Joe LaPuma with Wale, Clark Kent, Russ Bengston, Benjamin Kickz, Jon Buscemi, and more.
A Manner of Speaking: Language in a Digital Age – Jesse Williams introduces his ebroji app and will discuss the new languages that have developed via digital communication that transcends language barriers (ie: emojis). This panel features Jesse Williams, Aryn DrakeLee-Williams and Glenn Kaino.
Thread Trajectory – The future of sneakerwear and the impact discussion including: Rob Garcia, Chris Gibbs, Bobby Hundreds, Jeff Staple and more!
WWE Nation: Has Wrestling Gone Mainstrem? – Wrestlers and fans debate the mainstreaming of the WWE including: Pete Rosenberg, Action Bronson, and more!
The Business of eSports with Steve Aoki, Imari Oliver, Tobias Sherman, and Jace Hall
Wax on It: A Listening Session of Unfinished Work and deconstructing making beats with Mike Will, Young Guru and more.
The Collision of Design, Music and Entertainment with Daniel Arsham of Snarkitecture and Ronnie Fieg of Kith.
ComplexCon will also bring together an exclusive selection of more than one hundred Pop Up Shops and brand activations including Nike’s whopping 7,500 square feet activation. Daytime pass holders will also experience top streetwear brands including:
A Bathing Ape, Japan’s most coveted streetwear brand for over 20 years.
AWGE SHIT, Curated by A$AP Rocky – A$AP Rocky is to curate a unique space inside of ComplexCon under his AWGE creative collective to encompass all of his projects into one unique space.
Other brands and retailers participating at ComplexCon include Billionaire BoysClub, RSVP Gallery, PUMA, Jason Markk, UNDEFEATED, Bodega, UNION LA, BAIT, Modernica and over 100+ more.
Prolific contemporary artist Ron English will bring his famous #Popaganda to life at ComplexCon, showcasing his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones. Known for flipping pop cultural icons to make subversive statements on different social messages, Ron English has worked in many different mediums, becoming one of the most recognized artists today.
Contemporary Los Angeles based artist Patrick Martinez, known for his thought provoking neon paintings and installations, will produce a special site-specific installation at ComplexCon.
The First We Feast Food Zone – To supplement cultural consumption, ComplexCon will offer a mind-blowing menu of the tastiest gourmet food trucks that California has to offer, like Free Range L.A., expertly curated by First We Feast. Attendees should arrive hungry!
Tickets to access the two-day experience taking place November 5th and 6th are for purchase exclusively at ComplexCon.com.
ComplexCon is an expertly curated convention and festival that brings the world of Complex to life, creating our generation’s Worlds Fair. In partnership with ReedPOP––a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions and producers of New York’s Comic-Con and fashion trade show Agenda––Complex and its Host Committee of experts that includes legendary artist Takashi Murakami and Cultural Director/Executive Chair Pharrell Williams imagine a place where creators, curators and YOU converge to celebrate and shape our culture. Watch, Listen, Shop, Taste, and Experience the future November 5th and 6th 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center. For more information, visit complexcon.com .
Complex is a media platform and an online community that publishes the best, most diverse and most relevant voices in culture, period. Complex is ranked #1 of US Men’s Interest Publishers and reaches the most millennial adults among all other outlets. With over 57 million unique monthly visitors and 450 million monthly page views, Complex makes culture pop from its collection of partners, brands and its hub site Complex.com for one of the most sought after audiences of millennial influencers ever assembled. At 32 million monthly views, Complex News is the most viewed news product on YouTube for millennials, beating out any other media source on the channel.