The #iVoted Festival will be returning virtually on Nov. 8 to celebrate Election Day for the 2022 midterms. More than 250 artists will appear during the event, including Run the Jewels, Lake Street Dive, CNCO, Carl Craig, Rise Against, Halestorm, 3OH!3 and more.
Hosted by the 100% women-led non-partisan 501(c)3 non-profit turnout group, artists selected for the lineup are booked based on data of the top streaming and trending artists in key states.
#iVoted was founded in 2018 by Emily White, Mike Luba, and Pat Sansone of Wilco/The Autumn Defense. The festival ran across 150 venues in 37 states on Election Day 2018, then went digital for the 2020 election.
Fans can enter the event by uploading a selfie from outside their polling place. A special edition of the event took place in January 2021 for the run-off election in Georgia. RSVP’s to this year’s event will open up in the coming months.
In addition to announcing this year’s festival, #iVoted has released the first episode of its new podcast, which sees founder and CEO Emily White interviewing voting experts and artists performing at the event. The podcast also sets out to help people learn how to research their ballots.
In 2020, #iVoted Festival built the largest single-night digital concert in history. Run the Jewels’ co-managed Amaechi Uzoigwe, Live Nation’s Jay Byrd, Biz 3’s Kathryn Frazier and Dana Meyerson, Blondie touring keyboardist Kevin Patrick and LOUD Capital CMO Brian Penick have also all been named as board members for the non-profit.
In 2020, #iVoted appeared on the cover of Pollstar with White explaining that the organization does not care who people vote for, so long as they vote. Underaged fans who cannot show proof of a ballot are still able to attend the online concert so long as they when they’re eligible to vote and why they’re excited.
The idea to begin the non-profit began when White realized her native Wisconsin was decided by a mere 22,000 votes, while Michigan was decided by 10,0000 votes.
“My tour manager brain was like, ‘Those are venues,'” White told Pollstar at the time.