2 Chainz and bbno$ will play at the Fest

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Kiersten Riedford

The students cheer as they learn that 2 Chainz is headlining this year’s Fest.

Gasps, shouts and cheers from delighted students echoed through the open doors of room 120AB at Lincoln Park Student Center as the performers for this year’s Fest were announced.

On Friday, May 27, DePaul students are invited to see bbno$ open for 2 Chainz.

Junior Jule Cuasay, even before the announcement, was waving the LED stick that was handed out to all students, jumping and screaming in excitement.

Cuasay said he was excited for the Fest this year because he didn’t attend many concerts, and even when he was able to go to the Fest in the past, it was canceled.

“I was supposed to go in freshman year, but the pandemic hit, so we never got to go,” Cuasay said. “So this is my first year, and you know what, there are two years left and I hope to experience it. I’ve seen stories of it and can’t wait to experience it.

The last Fest concert to take place in the spring of 2019, with the last two years having been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Judging by the noise in the room, Cuasay isn’t the only one who wants to attend the Fest. Freshman Leslie Coreas said she would also be there because of the artists.

“I’m very excited,” Coreas said. “It was really unexpected. I didn’t think it was going to be [2 Chainz and bbno$].”

Coreas said she loves 2 Chainz and listens to him, but she hasn’t listened to his music in a while. Ankit Pal, chairman of the DePaul Activities Board (DAB), and Brianna Catalinotto, vice president of marketing for DAB, said the artists were chosen based on their mix of new and nostalgic music.

“Each year we try to meet the needs of the students as much as possible,” said Pal. “We’ll never get to 100%, but we’ll get as close to majority as possible. So we’re always looking at what’s nostalgic, what’s new, and we try to have a good mix. I think we’re there. very well done this year with a brand new artist and a nostalgic artist.

Catalinotto said the best part about having 2 Chainz as a headliner is that he is well known; even people who don’t go out of their way to listen to 2 Chainz will recognize it from feature films and hit songs from the early 2010s.

“The headliner we selected is really good,” Catalinotto said. “Honestly, I had to look back at some of the music I was listening to and be like, ‘Oh wow, they’re in this song.’ So everyone knows who this person is and they also know the door opener.

Other activities will be available at the Fest outside of the performances. Catalinotto said there will be new activities and forms of entertainment from the past, so even students who have attended the Fest before will find something new.

“The bubble guy is coming back,” Catalinotto said. “People in the past are fans of him. He just blows big bubbles.

Pal said there will also be freshly baked donuts at the event. He said DAB aims to recreate a summer music festival experience at this year’s Fest.

“Not every student can afford to go to Lollapalooza, or Summer Smash, or Pitchfork,” Pal said. “So we really try to create the most festive experience possible. So outside of the headliner and the opening, we have student artists, we add DJs, we add other activities and food who really build that experience so that students can have that experience even if they can’t necessarily do it in Lollapalooza or anywhere else.

Students interested in Fest can purchase tickets for $10 on DeHUB.

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