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Barack Obama is launching his very own music festival

‘South By South Lawn’ (seriously) will be held at the White House in October

Weeks after sharing his surprisingly sensual summer playlist, President Barack Obama has announced plans to host his very own, SXSW-inspired music festival.

The one-day show – titled ‘South By South Lawn’ (seriously) – will reportedly be held in the gardens of the White House on October 3. According to a press release shared last week, the festival will celebrate the “spirit of innovation”, and will include music acts, film screenings and panel discussions.

Obama apparently made the decision after his trip to Texas’ South By South West festival back in March, which saw him (as well as his wife Michelle) participate in a Q&A and discussion sessions. 

“On October 3, the White House will convene creators, innovators, and organisers from across the country for an evening of music, film, and great ideas,” the press release reads. “It is a call to arms for every American to roll up their sleeves and make a positive mark on our country — and a celebration of the great work so many of us have already accomplished.”

While no acts have been confirmed as of yet, it’s likely to be a pretty impressive lineup. The POTUS has previously invited artists like Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Beyoncé and Janelle Monae to play at past White House events, and his summer playlist featured tracks from D'Angelo, Janet Jackson and Floetry.

Tickets for South By South Lawn will be based on a nomination process, with the White House looking for individuals who created a positive change (either “big or small”) in their community. Get your choices in here.