By Collin Atwood
Mark it on the calendars.
Each April, Springfield College Backstage books a performer for the Spring Concert based on surveys done by the student body, as well as feedback from previous years.
“Based on that list, we work with our concert agency called Concert Ideas and we ask them to find some artists that would be free on the date that we have,” said Julie Koivisto, who is the Assistant Director of Student Activities and Signature Programs, and the advisor for Springfield College Backstage.
“The toughest part for me in this role is that I like to please people and I know that with a concert, I’m not going to please everybody,” Koivisto added.
Springfield College freshman Skylar Steele was surprised by the news. “I like Fetty Wap, but I feel like that’s very random,” Steele said. “I’m still going to go,” she added.
In years past, Springfield College has had some big names perform on campus including Bruno Mars, Gym Class Heroes, 21 Pilots and Lil Dicky. Fetty Wap will be the next addition to these accomplished artists.
Most Springfield College students across campus were thrilled about the news and plan on attending the concert.
“I was pretty excited that a bigger name was going to come and that we were actually going to have a big concert,” senior Loghan Nace said. Mason Dumas, a sophomore echoed that sentiment, “I’m going to go and I’m pretty sure I’ll have a good time.”
Fetty Wap won an MTV Video Music Award for Artist to Watch in 2015 and was a nominee for a Grammy and a BET Award. He has had 13 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and three top 10 hits.
In the last two years, Bryce Vine and Cheat Codes performed at the Spring Concert. Even though they did put on a good show, they were not known by many students on campus before coming to Springfield College. This year, the Springfield College Backstage crew really stepped it up.
“When I heard it was Fetty Wap, I was pretty pumped because out of the other two concerts I have seen, I think this one will definitely attract more students,” Springfield College junior Lydia Sinkiewicz said.
Students will be charged $20 and guests, faculty and staff will be charged $30 to attend the concert. There is also an alternative way to pay for the show which is Fetty Wap themed.
“We are going to run a special this year where if you use your pride dollars, not dining dollars, pride dollars, we’ll be charging $17.38 because it kind of goes with Fetty Wap,” Koivisto said.
Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 23. The Spring Concert will be held in Blake Arena and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
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