Having amply documented the chaos that unfolded outside Beckham Hall on Saturday night, I undertook to learn what happened inside the venue.
What might have been a short article became somewhat longer as I found myself investigating Wesleyan’s troubled history of large concerts.
How was it?
Here’s what people are saying—positive and negative—on the ACB and Facebook. Add in your own thoughts in the comments, and send any pictures from the show to staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.
- “Easily the worst concert I’ve ever been to.”
- “thought Matisyahu was phenomenal. He and his band were really into it, and really on. Vocals were great, the drummer was nuts, and Matisyahu can beat box so fucking well.”
- “it was fucking awful. the first time i left a concert (that i paid for) before it ended. i would say Baths was something worht paying $10 for, but definitely not this chiddy bang and matisyahu jokers. fucking waste of a free night.”
- “chiddy bang was sooo good!!!! matisyahu sucked HAHA”
An all-campus email today reveals that hired security personnel, pat-down procedure, strict reentry ban, and, um—oh yeah—the gender binary we all hate will all be involved in keeping you safe at tomorrow night’s already controversial Matisyahu/Chiddy Bang show. “That’s So Wesleyan” Moment of the Day: at least they’re apologizing for getting all heteronormative on our asses:
Pat down lines will be implemented as a security precaution. These lines will be executed in the gender binary. We understand that some students may not feel that one of the two most common gender pronouns may apply to them, but we ask that those students choose to enter whichever line they feel most comfortable in.
[Translation: suck it up, genderqueer folk?]
Unprecedented? Not quite. The last time administrative security of this scale was involved in a non-Spring Fling concert was in December 2008, when Girl Talk played the Bacon Field House to decidedly mixed reactions. Upperclassmen have already noted the parallels Matisyahu/Girl Talk beg, at least in terms of venue (how will the ice rink compare to the Field House?), security, and general logistics. The gender-segregated security pat-down was also an issue in ’08 (scroll for details/bitching). Is it an accurate comparison? Click here for Sheek‘s overview of that concert and its ensuing shitshow:
If last week’s epic Matisyahu/Chiddy Bang meltdown demonstrated anything, it’s that students on all sides of the debate have been disillusioned with the inner-workings of concert-booking at Wesleyan. This forum offers a constructive venue for discussion and change:
- Booked a show at Wes?
- Want to book a show here?
- Have ideas for how the concert committee process could be better?
- Want to discuss by-law amendments?
- Just want to complain?
Grab your lunch and come to this meeting on Thursday 4/14 at noon in Fayerweather 106. We will draft amendments to the concert committee’s by-laws (posted on the home page of this Facebook group) to propose to the WSA on Friday and Sunday. The goal is to have a clear and fair process that better corresponds with the realities of Wesleyan’s concert-bookers and music fans.
Wesleying’s announcement yesterday regarding the 4/12 Matisyahu/Chiddy Bang show inspired heated reactions in the comments section. Given the debate spilling across campus, on and off-line, this should surprise no one. “People will enjoy the concert no doubt,” writes one anonymous commenter. “However, it’d be great if people knew the story behind the controversy.”
Most of you—including those who lined up at 10 in the morning for tickets—realize that the show has been embroiled in campus-wide controversy and objection. But many are confused why, and details are hazy.
Zain Alam ’13 writes to Wesleying:
Over the last few weeks many of you may have heard of the Matisyahu and Chiddy Bang concert planned next week. As students involved in helping set up and book shows here at Wesleyan, we’d like to bring to your attention some facts we find most troubling about this show. This Wespeak was to be published two weeks ago but was revoked after a promise by the show’s booker that the event was definitely going to be canceled. That promise was broken and it is regretful that we were unable to make campus aware of this earlier. Our intentions now are to ensure that something of this scale does not happen again.
More from Alam after the jump.
By some combination of sincere student interest and/or general curiosity, Matisyahu tickets sold out in Usdan around 3:00 this afternoon. To those still planning to plop down $10 for next Tuesday’s show: sorry. To those insisting on lack of student interest as an argument against massive funding for this concert: sorry again.
For a reasonably objective take on the campus-wide controversy surrounding this concert and its $50,000 price tag, read the cover story in today’s Argus, or just stay tuned. It’s only going to get more interesting.
Anonymous ‘XX writes in with some information about the concert:
That’s right kids, the rumors are true: Matisyahu and Chiddy Bang are coming to Wesleyan! Come out and blow off some steam with the seniors as they celebrate the end of thesis season. After winning the Wesleyan DJ Battle in February, YeaMannn aka Ian Johnson ’11 will be opening the night up.
Tickets go on sale for $10 at the box office tomorrow (4/5) and they will be available as long as supplies last. Tickets will not be available at the door. Wes Students only, no bags allowed (there will be concert security).
Come out and send winter away with a Bang! Bring in the spring with what promises to be one of the biggest events of the year!
Date: April 12 – April 13
Time: 9:30 PM – 2:00 AM
Place: Spurrier-Snyder Hockey Rink