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Baltimore music festival Ratscape to return this month

Ratscape, a free Baltimore music festival last produced in 2015, will return this year.

Scheduled to take place July 20-22, Ratscape will be held at the Ynot Lot in Station North (1904 N. Charles St.) and will feature a Baltimore-heavy, genre-eclectic lineup of more than 40 artists, including Sneaks, JPEGMAFIA, Butch Dawson, Joe Biden, Melanin Free, Wume and many more, according to the festival’s website.

Next door, the Windup Space will host afterparties “with a small cover” charge, according to Ratscape’s Facebook page, each night following Ratscape with artists like Al Rogers Jr., Pale Spring and more.

Ratscape is produced by the Baltimore Music Preservation, which includes Mike Franklin, Josh Schleupner and Caroline Devereaux.

Founded in 2012 at the DIY space Hour Haus, the summer celebration of DIY music looked to fill a void left by the end of other similarly minded festivals like Scapescape and Whartscape. (All are tongue-in-cheek nods to the city’s major arts festival, Artscape, which takes place the weekend of this year’s Ratscape.)

The last Ratscape took place at the Ottobar in 2015, and featured a lineup that included Baklavaa and Beet Trip.

For more information and the full Ratscape lineup, go to bmoremusic.org/ratscape-2018.

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