Fans got very into Nas during last year's Soundset, the first year the festival sold out. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Fans got very into Nas during last year's Soundset, the first year the festival sold out. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

For the second year in a row and only the second time ever, tickets to Soundset have sold out before the day of the show. Organizers of the eighth annual hip-hop festival -- landing again Sunday outside Canterbury Park in Shakopee -- announced the sell-out Friday via Twitter, where they also warned fans away from buying third-party resale tickets because they “can't always guarantee they are real.”

Thus, Soundset will once again stand as this summer’s biggest music festival in the Twin Cities and one of the biggest all-hip-hop events in the country, with around 30,000 people expected to roll through the gates starting at 11 a.m. Go to for transit options and other general information. Fans also may want to check the weather reports and plan ahead, because it's not looking too pretty.

J. Cole

J. Cole

For only the second time in the festival’s history, the day’s schedule (also issued online Friday) does not end with the hosting hometown group, Atmosphere. Instead, Jay Z’s protégé J. Cole and hip-hop legend Ice Cube will finish off the lineup on the side-by-side main stages, while Atmosphere’s Rhymesayers mate Brother Ali will top off the music on the secondary Fifth Element stage.

Here’s the full schedule for the day. See our Ice Cube interview and "Get to Know" profiles on the lesser-known acts at

MAIN STAGE - EAST - Hosted by Sway

11:00a - 12:00p: DJ Stage One
12:30p - 1:00p: deM atlaS
1:30p - 2:00p: Dessa
2:35p - 3:10p: Dilated Peoples
3:50p - 4:30p: Logic
5:15p - 6:00p: Big Sean
7:00p - 8:00p: Ice Cube

MAIN STAGE - WEST - Hosted by Sway

12:00p - 12:30p: Watsky
1:00p - 1:30p: Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Abilities
2:00p - 2:35p: Clockwork Indigo (Flatbush Zombies & the Underachievers)
3:10p - 3:50p: Yelawolf
4:30p - 5:15p: Ludacris
6:00p - 7:00p: Atmosphere
8:00p - 9:00p: J.Cole

FIFTH ELEMENT - Hosted by St. Paul Slim

11:00a - 12:00p: DJ Adatrak
12:00p - 12:20p: Manny Phesto
12:20p - 12:40p: Freez w/ DJ Willie Shu
12:40p - 1:00p: Set The Smith
1:00p - 1:20p: G.L.A.M.
1:20p - 1:40p: Sean Anonymous
1:40p - 2:00p: Chester Watson
2:00p - 2:30p: SonReal
2:30p - 3:00p: Sa-Roc
3:00p - 3:30p: B. Dolan
3:30p - 4:00p: Father
4:00p - 4:30p: Vince Staples
4:30p - 5:05p: Smif-N-Wessun
5:05p - 5:40p: Hopsin
5:40p - 6:15p: Vic Mensa
6:15p - 7:00p: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
7:00p - 8:00p: Brother Ali


11:00a - 12:00p: DJ Str8reppin
12:00p - 1:30p: Last of The Record Buyers with Exile
1:30p - 2:30p: DJ Eclipse
2:30p - 3:30p: DJ Jazzy Jay
3:30p - 4:30p: DJ Babu
4:30p - 5:00p: DJ Supreme La Rock
5:00p - 5:30p: Seven To Smoke Solo Battle + DJ Supreme La Rock
5:30p - 5:55p: Exhibition (8 vs 8 Battle) + DJ Lean Rock
5:55p - 6:10p: DJ Lean Rock
6:10p - 6:20p: Top 4 (3 vs 3 Battle) + DJ Lean Rock
6:20p - 6:25p: Power Moves Battle + DJ Lean Rock
6:25p - 6:30p: Final Battle + DJ Lean Rock