Capital Cities and Flosstradamus to co-headline SpringFest concert

Weekend-long program to feature events run by student groups

CORRECTION TO THIS ARTICLE: A previous version of this article said that funds for the event come from the student life fee paid by undergraduates, neglecting to mention that graduate students also pay the student life fee. SpringFest is also supported by ticket sales.

The Undergraduate Association Events Committee announced Monday night that artists Capital Cities and Flosstradamus will be co-headlining the concert during this year’s SpringFest on Saturday, April 26 in the Johnson Athletic Center.

The Events Committee chose the artists for this year after reviewing the responses to a survey sent out to undergraduates during the fall semester. The results of the survey showed that many students favored alternative music and electronic dance music over other genres.

According to the Events Committee co-chairs Daniela M. Yuschenkoff ’14 and Lindsey C. Osimiri ’14, the committee hoped to choose artists that would appeal to the majority of the MIT community. As a result, they said they chose two main artists to co-headline in order to satisfy the preferences of as many MIT students as possible. Both Capital Cities and Flosstradamus are also performing in this year’s Coachella Festival.

This year’s budget for SpringFest will be $130,000. These funds come from ticket sales and from the student life fee that students pay to the Student Activities Office.

As with last year, this year’s SpringFest will run throughout the weekend, featuring events organized by student groups, as well as the concert on Saturday. Groups to be represented at SpringFest include SaveTFP, G@MIT, and the Panhellenic Association. Students can expect a multitude of events, including an on-campus carnival, the Greek Olympics, and many more. During SpringFest 2014, G@MIT will also be hosting Fierce Forever, billed as one of the largest student-run drag shows in the world.

“Student groups asked us months ago whether or not this was still happening,” Yuschenkoff said in an interview with The Tech. So far, many of last year’s participants have agreed to run events during SpringFest 2014, accompanied by many newcomers.

Since this is the second year in a row that SpringFest will be held as a weekend-long event, Osimiri and Yuschenkoff are confident that this year, the events will be better publicized and run more smoothly.

Pre-sale tickets for the SpringFest concert will be available to MIT students for $10 on March 19. Tickets will go on general MIT sale on March 26 at $15 for MIT students and $20 for MIT affiliates. Tickets will be available to local college students for $20 on April 2.