What is thrival music?

Music is a universal language that brings us together.

As one of two key components of the Thrival Innovation + Music Festival, Thrival Music follows two days of innovation-focused programming (Thrival Innovation) and welcomes tens of thousands of festival goers for a unique live music experience.

An extension of the pioneering ideas and creativity celebrated during Thrival Innovation, the festival's live music experience brings festival goers to a gritty, authentic, and one-of-a-kind Pittsburgh venue who then come together as a community.

Thrival Music features a stark contrast of new sound and a rustic industrial setting with a penchant for creative placemaking, and dedicates itself to fostering a new sense of identity that respects the past and embraces the future.

As a result, our community turned a mill back on, but instead of producing steel, we produce culture. 

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A Special Live Music Experience

Hosted at the historic Carrie Furnaces, Thrival Music boasts one of the most unique live music venues in the world. With thousands of festival-goers celebrating beneath a 100-foot-tall retired blast furnace, a combination of sound, history, contrast, and interactive activities — including internal tours of the Furnaces themselves — make for an entirely unique experience. 

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An Eclectic Lineup

Since its founding 2013, Thrival has always experimented with its music lineup curation — figuring out new ways to blend sound, genre, and audience in ways that foster positive, one-of-a-kind experiences. Ranging from alt-indie, to hip-hop, to EDM, to acid jazz — Thrival artists bring high energy and inspired performances to Pittsburgh. See "Past Thrivals" to get a sample of past performances at Thrival Music.

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Authentic, Creative Placemaking

If there is a single word to describe the Carrie Furnaces, it is "authentic." Far from highly manicured polo fields or specially-designed urban amphitheaters, the home of Thrival Music is a living testament to both Pittsburgh's industrial past (its a national historic site) and Pittsburgh's bright future and cultural relevance. To learn more about Carrie Furnaces, visit our "Concert Site" page.