Kanye West Announced as X Games Austin Headliner

UPDATE: Tickets for X Games Austin are now available here, along with a full lineup that includes The Flaming Lips, Slightly Stoopid, Mayer Hawthorne, Gary Clark Jr., Wavves, Bad Religion, Cash Cash, Candyland & FMLYBND, along with the previously announced headliners.

The 2014 installment of the annual X Games competition was sure to be a little more weird this time around as the yearly action sports festival lands in Austin, Tx. Things may prove to get even more strange after ‘Yeezus’ himself, Kanye West, was announced as this year’s headlining music act yesterday. The larger-than-life Chicago hip-hop star who took to wearing leather kilts and gaudy gold chain masks onstage during his three-month long Yeezus tour in support of his most recent album, was added to the event along with Mac Miller, Dillon Francis and Pretty Lights. It seems as though there is a perpetual festival always happening in Austin, regardless of day or time, and they just keep getting bigger. Adding West is a great move, too, for X Games organizers as their big-air and death-defying tricks seem to have lost the hold they had over the country less than a decade ago. The influx of the arguably the world’s largest star should prove to help ratings a bit. The games will pitthe best in RallyCross, BMX, Skateboarding, Moto X, and now, Stadium Super Trucks against each other  from June 5 -8  in Austin, Texas, information available here.

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Jake Krzeczowski

Jake Krzeczowski is a writer based in Chicago. Since graduating from the University of Iowa in 2012 he has written for the likes of The Chicago Sun Times, Complex Magazine, and Elevator Magazine.

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