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Athlete of the Mic Auditions

Source: Radio One Raleigh Promotions / Radio One Raleigh

The Athlete’s Foot has once again partnered with Radio One Raleigh‘s K97.5 for the Athlete of the Mic Competition. The contest gives upcoming artists a chance to open up at Birthday Bash 2017 in Atlanta for some of the biggest acts in music.

Previous Birthday Bash performers include, Usher, Future, Drake, Kanye West, T.I., Jeezy etc.


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The 2017 line-up JUST ANNOUNCED includes Gucci Mane (headlining) Migos, Fat Joe & Remy Ma, YFN Lucci, B.O.B., DJ Luke Nasty, D.R.A.M and Lil Uzi Vert. The concert takes place on Saturday, June 17th. at the Philips Arena in front of 20,000 fans.

There are 4 locations (Baltimore, Atlanta twice) that auditions are taking place, including right here in the Triangle at DUBAI LIVE on Saturday, April 29th from 2-5pm hosted by Mir.I.am from K97.5. DUBAI LIVE is located at 2414 Paula St, Raleigh, NC 27608.

It is FREE to compete. 

Find more on the other audition locations here.

You must sign up to compete on location or by video submission online. Your performance must be CLEAN and your performance can be no more than 90 seconds.


There will be 1 winner chosen from each audition site for a total of 4 winners. If you are not able to attend an in person audition, there will also be 6 winners chosen from online video submissions for a total of 10 finalists. Once the 10 finalists have been decided, online voting will commence for one definitive GRAND PRIZE WINNER who will open up Birthday Bash ’17.

Last year’s GRAND PRIZE WINNER, Tesh, was chosen from the Raleigh auditions.


The Athlete of the Mic contest (“Contest”) will begin on April 7, 2017 and end on June 10, 2017 (“Contest Period”). This Contest will be conducted online and on-site. There will be a total of ten (10) finalists from the Online and On-site Contest (four (4) from on-site competition and six (6) from online registration). One (1) grand prize winner and two (2) runner-up winners will be selected from among the finalists. The grand prize winner will be awarded a performance spot as the opening act at the Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash at Philips Arena on Saturday June 17, 2017 in Atlanta, and two (2) tickets to Birthday Bash. Two (2) runner-up winners will each be awarded a performance spot at the Hot 107.9 Block Party at Centennial Olympic Park on Saturday June 17, 2017, in Atlanta, and two (2) tickets to Birthday Bash. Roundtrip airfare to Atlanta, GA and hotel accommodations in Atlanta will be awarded to out-of-state winners (Total ARV $2,500). See full contest rules

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