The crowd gets hyped up for a musical performance at the 2019 Preakness InfieldFest. Photo courtesy of Stephen Bondio.

Rapper DaBaby and EDM artist Marshmello are among the slew of musicians performing at the 2020 InfieldFest at the Preakness Stakes, organizers announced today.

The festival will even feature Shaquille O’Neal–yeah, that Shaq–performing as his musical persona DJ Diesel. 

Preakness InfieldFest will be held at the Pimlico Race Course on May 16, the day of this year’s Preakness Stakes, the second jewel in the Triple Crown of thoroughbred horse racing.

Tickets range from $69 for general admission to $199 for “Comfort VIP,” with two tiers in between for attendees who are 21 years and older.

EDM producer and DJ Marshmello has headlined festivals around the world and has accumulated numerous chart-topping singles and collaborations with artists like Khalid, Selena Gomez, Logic and more. Among the collaborations was his 2018 earworm “Happier” with English alternative rock band Bastille, which claimed the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for 50 weeks.

Hailing from North Carolina, rapper DaBaby released his second studio album, “KIRK,” in September 2019, featuring appearances by Nicki Minaj, Chance the Rapper, Migos and others. Before that, DaBaby made the Billboard 200 Top Ten list with his song “Baby on Baby” in March 2019. The rapper has also received two Grammy nominations–Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance–both for his song “Suge.”

One of the newer names in the festival lineup is Quinn XCII, who released his debut album “The Story of Us” in 2017. That album peaked at No. 6 on iTunes’ Pop Chart. Quinn XCII released his second album, “From Michigan With Love,” in 2019, and his third is coming out this spring.

Shaquille O’Neal has traded the basketball court for the DJ booth as DJ Diesel. The NBA Hall of Famer took the stage for the first time in 2015 at TomorrowWorld and has been mixing trap, EDM and hip hop ever since.

Also in the lineup are DJ duo Two Friends, MTV’s “Jersey Shore” star DJ Pauly D and DJ and producer GATTÜSO.

Regional EDM promoters Club Glow will host the VIP Lounge experience for VIP ticket-holders.

Here is video from last year’s festival:

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Last year’s InfieldFest featured artists like Logic, Diplo and Kygo.

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at