Adult Swim Festival Returns with a Summer Block Party in Philadelphia

Electric Three-Day Schedule Includes Performances by Run The Jewels, Tierra Whack and Dethklok, Alongside an Exclusive First-Look from Rick and Morty

Scheduled for August 5-7,  Philly Bands and Vendors Add Local Flavor to Block Party

Adult Swim Mural Project Adds Philadelphia to Ongoing Initiative Spotlighting Local Black Artists and Community Spaces 

Adult Swim Festival Block Party Lineup

For the first time ever, the Adult Swim Festival makes its way to the East Coast as a three-day block party in Philadelphia’s popular Fishtown neighborhood. Headlined by performances from Run The JewelsDethklok and Philadelphia-native Tierra Whack, the series of events will run Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7, 2022. Fans will enjoy a dynamic schedule of music, comedy, live panels, outdoor screenings, and exclusive merchandise in celebration of all things Adult Swim. Check out a sneak peek here, advance tickets go on sale Thursday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m. EDT.

“After several successful years in LA and online, we’re excited to bring the Adult Swim Festival to the East Coast,” said Michael Ouweleen, president of Adult Swim. “Fishtown is the perfect setting for what promises to be an unforgettable celebration of the city, Adult Swim and top talent who are at the forefront of the music and comedy worlds.

In partnership with Live Nation, the Adult Swim Festival Block Party will be a curated series of individually ticketed events across four famed venues in Fishtown including The Fillmore PhillyThe FoundryPunch Line Philly and The Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia, all within an ongoing neighborhood block party filled with beer gardens, food trucks, and fun fan attractions. 

Attending fans will get sneak peeks and breaking news about some of Adult Swim’s biggest shows at must-see panels and series watch parties. Creators Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis will take the stage with their Aqua Teen Hunger Force co-stars Carey Means (Frylock) and Dana Snyder (Master Shake) to spill all the details and reveal a first look of the second movie adaptation based on the fan-favorite series. Smiling Friends creators Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel will bring the joy to Philadelphia and exclusively debut footage from a forthcoming special. Plus, the wait is finally over for Rick and Morty fans as a peek at the highly anticipated sixth season of the series will also debut exclusively during the festival.

For the last two years the Adult Swim Festival was virtual, reaching a combined 26+ million views globally. The Adult Swim Festival Block Party will continue reaching fans around the world this year with select performances and panels available to fans via Adult Swim on HBO Max and YouTube.  

The Adult Swim Festival Block Party will feature performances by top music and comedy talent, including some hailing from Philadelphia. With more to be announced in the coming weeks, a running list of performers and guests scheduled to appear includes:

  • Run The Jewels
  • Tierra Whack
  • Dethklok
  • Ana Fabrega
  • Bia
  • Carmen Christopher
  • DJ Diamond Kuts
  • Eshu Tune (Hannibal Buress)
  • Flo Milli
  • Hop Along
  • Jak Knight
  • Jo Firestone
  • Maddy Smith
  • River L. Ramirez
  • RJD2
  • Sam Jay
  • Spirit of the Beehive
  • Trackstar The DJ
  • + New Shows To Be Announced

Fans will also be the first to get access to never-before-seen videos and show updates at digital watch parties featuring The Eric Andre ShowGenndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, ToonamiRoyal CrackersTuca & BertieTeenage EuthanasiaYOLO: Crystal FantasyBirdgirlMetalocalypse, and more.  

The Adult Swim Mural Project also announces Philadelphia as its newest location this summer!  In partnership with Living Walls, The Adult Swim Mural Project is an ongoing initiative created to help spotlight local up-and-coming Black artists and creators to produce large-scale murals around the city. Now in its third year, the project extends from Atlanta and New Orleans to include Philadelphia, with more cities to follow.

Performances are individually ticketed and vary in pricing, with tickets to panel events available at no charge while supplies last. Presale begins Thursday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m. EDT, general sale begins Friday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m. EDT. 

Fans 18+ can also sign up to receive the latest news on festival activities, partners, merchandise, updated line-ups, and ticketing options


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