Multi-Platinum Recording Artists Nico & Vinz Bringing Their Electric Live Performance to the 2015 IPL 500 Festival Parade

Multi-Platinum Recording Artists Nico & Vinz Bringing Their Electric Live Performance to the 2015 IPL 500 Festival Parade

Wed, 2015-04-08 08:00

INDIANAPOLIS (April 8, 2015) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events for Indiana and celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announced that multi-platinum global recording artists, Nico & Vinz, whose hit “Am I Wrong,” was No. 1 in 50 countries, will bring their limitless energy to race weekend as the opening entertainment for the 2015 IPL 500 Festival Parade. 

Bursting onto the music scene in 2014, Nico & Vinz’s multi-platinum global hit, “Am I Wrong,” topped the charts in 50 countries and was streamed more than 200 million times on Spotify. The duo gained international acclaim for effortlessly blending pop, reggae, West African dance, hip hop, rock and soul to create an engaging collection of songs that brim with soul-stirring messages and hopes for the future. In addition to touring with Usher and Bruno Mars, Nico & Vinz have made countless national TV appearances, including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, Dancing with the Stars, Live! with Kelly and Michael and The View  

“Opening the IPL 500 Festival Parade with the energy and talent of Nico & Vinz is guaranteed to set the stage for one of the nation’s most grand parades,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “In conjunction with the race activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which culminate with the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, the 500 Festival’s events and programs will ensure an action-packed month of May that is certain to wow Hoosiers and our visitors.” 

One of the inaugural 500 Festival events, the IPL 500 Festival Parade is one of the nation’s premier parades. More than 300,000 spectators are expected to line the two-mile parade route to experience the larger-than-life floats, giant helium balloons, celebrities, marching bands, patriotic units and specialty units that will fill the streets of downtown Indianapolis. The tradition continues with the 33 starting drivers of the Indianapolis 500 serving as honorary grand marshals. The IPL 500 Festival Parade consistently earns national acclaim, ranking as one of the top parades, alongside the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The 2015 IPL 500 Festival Parade will take place on Saturday, May 23, stepping off at Noon ET, and will be nationally televised on NBC Sports Network and locally on WTHR. Tickets for the IPL 500 Festival Parade start at $15 and can be purchased at www.500festival.com/tickets, or at the 500 Festival’s Ticket Office, located at 21 Virginia Ave. in Downtown Indianapolis.

For more information about the IPL 500 Festival Parade, please visit www.500festival.com/parade, or search the event’s hashtag on social media, #500Parade.

Editor’s Note: Click here to download image of Nico & Vinz. Click here for video of Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong.”

About the 500 Festival

Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $350 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.

 

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