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Saturday 20 September 2014

Outkast return home on reunion tour

Big Boi and Andre 3000 of Outkast perform in Georgia

Outkast's energy was high despite the wet and muddy conditions for a performance in their home state of Georgia at the CounterPoint Music and Arts Festival, part of the Grammy-winning rap duo's reunion tour.

Organisers suspended the festival due to heavy rain and inclement weather, pushing Outkast's set back more than an hour on April 27. But Andre "Andre 3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton still put on an energetic show that kept the crowd jamming in the late hours.

Outkast reunited onstage for the first time two weeks ago at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, following a near-decade hiatus.

Outkast were one of the final acts to close out the three-day festival in Rome, Georgia, northwest of Atlanta. Big Boi and Andre grew up in East Point, Georgia.

"I know you're all muddy and dirty," said a chuckling Andre 3000, who was wearing a white wig and a black jumpsuit with a white X on the chest. "And I know y'all are going to want to go home and take a shower."

Outkast kicked off their act with the song B.O.B. They went on to perform some of the duo's major hits from Ms Jackson, 'So Fresh, So Clean, 'Rosa Parks and Player's Ball.

CounterPoint was the second stop for Outkast, who are on a 40-date tour.

The duo are celebrating 20 years in music since the release of their 1994 debut, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.

"It's good to be back in the dirty, dirty," said Big Boi, sporting a red hat with "Atlanta" written in black across the front of it. "ATL you know what it is. We love y'all ... 20 years and we still here."

Outkast brought out other performers such as Janelle Monae, Sleepy Brown and Killer Mike. More than 60 artists performed at the festival including J Cole, Pretty Lights and Foster The People.

"This seems like a family reunion," Big Boi said to the packed crowd.

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