Christian van hemert

Carniroll with Wiz Khalifa brings music, carnival rides and more to Northampton

Wiz Khalifa and Method Man and Redman are the artists performing at the first Carniroll, which begins its three-day run Friday at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton.

Carniroll is described by organizers 4Life Entertainment and Cruz Control Entertainment as a mix of concert, carnival, car show, fireworks and professional wrestling.

Tickets start at $55 offering access for a day of your choice, while $125 buys a three-day pass. There are also special VIP packages. Parking is $10 or $20 for a weekend parking pass. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. at 21h

“Careniroll is my creation. It is a duality of ideas such as environmental awareness and Earth Day combined with the environment itself, with a focus on real life issues such as mental health, addiction and gay rights,” said Spencer Lavoie, founder of 4Life Entertainment, who noted Tapestry Health will have a tent at the event with counselors on hand.

Popular rapper, singer and songwriter Wiz Khalifa will headline Friday night’s music lineup along with rapper and reality TV star Waka Flocka Flame. On Saturday night, DJ, songwriter and electronic music producer GRiZ, along with rapper and actor Method Man and rapper Redman.

There will also be four stages of musical entertainment throughout the day on Friday and Saturday with 75% of the programming featuring local and regional artists, including many female and LGBTQ artists, Lavoie noted, adding that the numbers would change to a single scene on Sundays. Among the lineup of some 50 musicians and artists are Danny Pease & the Regulators, Lush Honey, Honeycomb and Friends, Shantyman, She-Wolf, Ms. Laura Michelle, Hershe, Kerry Quirk, Loud Life, Xpresso, Gingerlo and a host of others . There will also be a Pride Parade on Saturday which begins at 3 p.m. and heads to the main stage for an electronic musical performance by queer musician Wreckno.

Lavoie noted that the music on stage will often be accompanied by a colorful display of laser lights.

No Carniroll is worth its name without tasty food. There will be 12 food trucks on site, many of which are new to the area, serving popular comfort food to more inventive menu items such as spring rolls filled with something special for every taste.

Additional highlights include an exotic car show on Friday and Saturday with over 75 luxury cars such as Bentley and Lamborghini models, as well as a custom-built Mustang. Wrestling fans can see plenty of in-ring action Friday and Saturday with the Roll Up Rumble presented by Blitzkrieg Pro Wrestling. There will also be carnival games and rides requiring the purchase of tickets.

Considered an adult event on Friday and Saturday, participants must be at least 18 years old or 16 years old accompanied by someone at least 18 years old. All ages are welcome on Sunday, Family Fun Day, where children under 10 are free, as well as all residents of Northampton, Easthampton and Amherst.

Family Fun Day will feature a range of activities for families, including a “massive” Easter egg hunt for the holidays, Lavoie noted, as well as fun games such as stage races and scavenger hunts and more, plus a performance by the Northampton High School Band.

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit carniroll.com.