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2021 Adult Swim Festival Initiates Global Takeover Heading to Screens Everywhere this November

Free Two-Day Global Virtual Event Set for November 12-13 Exclusively on Adult Swim’s YouTube Channel, Plus More Exclusives on HBO Max

Featuring Performances from Co-Headliners Lil Baby, Karol G, With 21 Savage, Flying Lotus, Alongside Rick and Morty, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, Smiling Friends Panels and More

Adult Swim Festival Lineup 2021

Fans everywhere have the best seat in the house as the 2021 Adult Swim Festival arrives Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13 exclusively on the Adult Swim YouTube Channel. Adult Swim, the leader in adult animation and the #1 destination for young adults, furthers its commitment to curate immersive experiences across all platforms for fans to celebrate the iconic shows. A global and cultural event unlike any other, fans can expect never-before-seen performances, engaging panels filled with surprises, unique merchandise, exclusives on HBO Max and much more. Following the success of last year’s first-ever Adult Swim virtual festival, which reached 10+ million views across all festival content and produced several viral moments, including a performance from Thundercat featuring special guest Ariana Grande.

Turn up those speakers and catch a show-stopping lineup of never-before-seen performances by co-headliners Lil Baby, Karol G with 21 Savage, Flying Lotus, Alessia Cara, Angel Olsen, Joe Pera, DAWN, Moor Mother, Jo Firestone, and more. Check out the complete list of performers below:

Adult Swim Festival Lineup 2021

Join panels for Adult Swim favorites Rick and Morty, Squidbillies, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and highly-anticipated new series Blade Runner: Black Lotus and Smiling Friends. The Rick and Morty panel will challenge the global voice cast against each other as they go head-to-head to determine who is the Rickiest Rick in the multiverse. Then, head back to Blue Ridge Mountains during the Squidbillies panel featuring series creators and cast as they reflect on memorable squids moments and celebrate the final season. Aqua Teen Hunger Force fans will join cast and crew as they look back on the longstanding history of the series and share some of their favorite moments. Expanding on the legendary Blade Runner franchise, Blade Runner: Black Lotus makes its festival debut with a panel diving deep into the franchise universe alongside producers and directors. Finally, join Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel as they discuss the upcoming series Smiling Friends with special guests. 

Catch fan-favorite episodes selected by series creators during the ultimate set of watch parties connecting fans with star-studded guests. Each watch party will feature a live chat where viewers can get real-time reactions and insight on their favorite shows. The watch party lineup includes hit series Rick and Morty, The Eric Andre Show, Tuca & Bertie, Joe Pera Talks With You, Robot Chicken, Teenage Euthanasia, Three Busy Debras, Birdgirl, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, as well as some Adult Swim past favorites Sealab 2021, Mr. Pickles and Metalocalypse.

The weekend heats up with Simple Mobile, providing no-contract service plans and nationwide coverage, hosting the Joe Pera Talks With You and Bird Girl Watch Parties with live trivia. For the 21+ crowd, Voodoo Ranger is bringing some cool prizes, so tune in all weekend long to not miss out on how to enter. Plus, don’t miss the world premiere of the winning short from Voodoo Ranger’s Pint Size Film Fest. And don’t miss special surprises fans won’t soon forget all weekend long thanks to Wendy’s. Last but certainly not least, Wrangler brings Rick and Morty back and covered in more denim than ever before, giving fans what they’ve always wanted (free stuff) and introducing a new Rick and Morty collection featuring exclusive designs. 

Starting today, exclusive festival merchandise is available globally on the Adult Swim Festival website and will include Adult Swim Festival t-shirts, zip up sweatshirts, bomber jacket Nalgene water bottle and corduroy hat as well as limited edition Space Ghost Coast to Coast t-shirts.  Don’t miss the chance to win a custom Rick and Morty pinball machines as well as an exclusive festival merchandise pack through the Adult Swim Festival Sweepstakes.  For more information on the Sweepstake terms and condition, please visit the official Adult Swim Festival website.

AS Fest Merch 2021

Adult Swim has consistently released content on its YouTube channel. With a netted 263.3M impressions to date, the Rick and Morty season five premiere trended at #1 on the platform for two days, followed by the Tuca & Bertie season two premiere pulling an astonishing 15.3M impressions. Leaning into the cult-anime classics Adult Swim is known for, released a trippy Iron Maiden music video featuring anime from Blinkink.

For more information on this year’s Adult Swim Festival partners, panels, merchandise and more, visit


Adult Swim (, launched in 2001, is WarnerMedia’s #1 brand for young adults offering original and acquired animated and live-action series.  Airing nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT) on its linear channel, and also available through HBO Max, Adult Swim is basic cable's #1 network with persons 18-34 and 18-49, and is seen in 94 million U.S. homes, reaching over 40 million viewers via HBO Max.

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