MTV is full of surprises as they roll out the nominations for the MTV Movie & TV Awards, with the additional announcement of their inaugural MTV Movie & TV Awards Festival.
Taking place Sunday, May 7 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. prior to the awards show, the free event — hosted by Terrence J and MTV News correspondent Gaby Wilson — will take place across from the red carpet. Attendees will have the chance to win prizes — including tickets to the Movie & TV Awards later that night — and to witness celebrity arrivals, play games and more.
The festival will also feature entire sets from Zara Larsson, Bea Miller and Maryland-based rockers All Time Low, who are also readying their seventh studio album, Last Young Renegade. The pop-punk quartet — which has partaken in past MTV events such as the Woodie Awards, and even appeared on TRL — is excited to help kick off the festival.
“I’m stoked!” frontman Alex Gaskarth tells Billboard. “I think any award show is always an exciting atmosphere throughout. Just the fact they’re treating it as a festival and there’s gonna be this whole build up and roll-in the whole event I think is going to be really exciting.”
The band’s seventh studio album Last Young Renegade is set for release Jun. 2, and fans attending the festival can expect a sneak peek.
“We’ve been playing a few of the new songs already and it’s been going over amazing live,” says Gaskarth. “It’ll probably one of the first times we’re playing the news songs in the states, so it’ll be really exciting to get those going in front of a live audience in America this early. And like I said, I’m sure there will be a lot of excitement around the festival as a whole in itself. So I feel like it couldn’t be a better place to showcase some new tunes.”
Admission to the festival is first come, first served, and fans can join the waitlist here. The evening’s MTV Movie & TV Awards will be hosted by actor Adam Devine, where the hit horror film Get Out leads the night with six nominations.
MTV has additionally changed categories to be non-gendered, now offering Best Actor in a Movie and Best Actor in a Show, while also making Best Fight into Best Fight the System, “reflecting the audience’s increasing awareness and activism around broader social justice issues.”
The entirety of the festival will be available for livestream on MTV.com and on MTV Live. The MTV Movie & TV Awards will be live on MTV starting at 8 p.m.