Did you guess that this year’s Spring Fling headliner would be Vic Mensa? Then you’re in luck! The Chicago rapper will grace us with his presence on May 11, along with garage rock band The Orwells and North Carolina hip-hop artist Rapsody. The show will open with a Wesleyan musical act, to be determined by the upcoming Battle of the Bands show.
Watch the announcement video, and read more about this year’s Spring Fling acts, after the jump.
IT’S NOT JEREMIH IT’S NOT JEREMIH. It’s also not Big Sean, Ariana Grande, or any other of the yik yak rumors. The Spring Fling Committee has just sent out their official announcement video hoooo boy. The video this year is misleading, having our tanned philosopher-in-chief looking like he’s about to talk about some Wes history. Here’s the vid:
After last year’s Spring Fling, chock full with sweatshirts in May, tunes from middle school, and the second-dopest hypeman to ever grace Middletown (the dopest being Drake), we have been redeemed. I was already so excited that I sent this snapchat to wesbodies: The lineup is as follows:
It has come to our attention that BØRNS, some “American indie pop artist” (according to Wikipedia) that I’ve never heard of, put his spring/summer concert lineup on his Facebook page (see above graphic), and lo and behold, it says that on May 5th (the Thursday after classes end, otherwise known as ~*~SPRING FLING~*~), he is coming to Wesleyan. Somehow he spelled “Wesleyan” correctly (and got the “University” part right) but managed to spell “Middletown” incorrectly. Whoops.
We’ll update as we learn more (the Spring Fling Committee told us via email they’re not officially announcing anything until April 8th), but if you’re like me and have no fucking clue who BØRNS is, here are some tunes:
This is my update of Q’s post from last year, which was an update of his post from 2013. Some things have changed, but the scene here is still ‘unique, zealous, and sweaty.’
New Jersey punkers Titus Andronicus at Eclectic, 5/1/2015
The more I talk to college kids at other schools, the more I realize how much the music scene at Wesleyan sets itself apart. Though we have them, we are not confined to house parties and bars — there’s music nearly every day, all week. Often, there’s so much music that you can’t possibly go to it all, but you try anyway.
Once things get going, there are 3-5 concerts every weekend, sometimes even multiple shows a night. I’ve seen more bands than I have the energy to count with more variety than I can quantify simply by wandering around at Wesleyan on a given weekend. The folks who book shows at Wesleyan work very hard to bring in all kinds of groups, well-known or just emerging, from punk to dance, and usually put one or two solid student bands on the list.
Many student bands have gone on to greater things, like Henry Hall ‘14 of Grand Cousin (RIP), the Rooks (who are playing The Mash this year, fyi), Novelty Daughter, Overcoats, Heems of Das Racist, AND MORE. Wesleyan is also home to a unique brand of jazz/hip-hop fusion, as showcased by bands like Sky Bars and junior band Chef.
Seriously. It’s very special. What’s even better is that 95% of this stuff is totally free.
It’s definitely not Kanye….but that’d be awesome, right?? Thanks to Yik Yak, that new thing that spreads weird rumors, many of us know that the line up is actually Chingy as headliner, Hall and Oates, and Big Sean. However, today I heard from a Spring Fling Committee member that the line-up is actually as follows:
THE JULIE RUIN (Kathleen Hanna + members of Le Tigre / Bikini Kill)
So maybe that’s right, since we knowfrom previous years that the lineup is definitely complete once we have a hip hop headliner, an indie act, and some electronic music. But Yik Yak says otherwise and some senior says “we’re still negotiating with Modest Mouse.”
Spring Fling Committee remains a committee like any other, which happens to exert massive control over one of the biggest campus events of the year and funding thereof. Its application process is open to the student body, its selection process based on experience and merit. Those unhappy with the Spring Fling booking process would do well to take note: here’s the opportunity to get involved.
Spring Fling is an all-campus outdoor concert that happens on Foss Hill every May. In the past, artists like Tune-Yards, The Dirty Projectors, KENDRICK, and TV on the Radio have come to rock out Wesleyan’s student body. Spring Fling Committee works throughout the year to put together a multiple-act show that brings the most current and enjoyable bands to campus in an effort to please the entire student body.
From Social Spring Fling Committee and Jack Black’s double chin:
Battle of the Bands will take place Friday, April 18 at Eclectic. The annual event, which determines the student opener for Spring Fling on May 8, will be accepting submissions for the next two weeks! If your band would like a chance to play, please submit 2 demos and/or live videos to jewald(at)wesleyan(dot)eduwith the subject line “I Wanna Battle and Here is My Band.” Submissions are due Saturday, April 12th at 4pm.
Also if you are interested in being a judge for Battle of the Bands, please submit your answers to the following questions, also to jewald(at)wesleyan(dot)eduwith the subject line, “I Wanna Judge Your Bands.” If you are selected, you are required to stay for the entire show and judge objectively.
Why do you want to be a judge for Battle of the Bands?
What is your favorite concert you’ve seen at Wesleyan and why?
Deadline: Saturday, April 12th at 4pm Contact: jewald(at)wesleyan(dot) edu
For those of you who Wesleying’d last year and saw our 2012 Year in Review post, brace yourselves: the 2013 Wesleying Year in Review is here. So, how does our Buzzfeed-esque list of all things Wesleyan work? In here, you’ll find the top ten biggest moments to hit campus during the 2013 year, along with a bunch of honorable mentions. For each point, we provide numerous links to Wesleying articles so you can become schooled if you missed anything during the year.
The big takeaway from this post is to remember that these issues are forever ongoing; just because something happened at the beginning of 2013 doesn’t make it any less important now that 2014 is upon us. We have a ton of bizarre, interesting, obnoxious, awesome, and freaky things happen on this campus, and it’s crucial to keep the institutional memory alive.
My usual disclaimer: Obviously, I didn’t get to everything. So instead of leaving us a snarky comment saying that we’re a bunch of Internet-addicted hillbillies, feel free to leave your other big Wesleyan moments in the comments section.
In addition, these events are in no particular order of importance, severity, seriousness, or enormity. The order is seriously random.
Read after the jump to see what Wes events made the list!