UPC announces 2016 Spring Concert lineup

By Marie MacCune

(Collegian File Photo)
(Collegian File Photo)

The University Programming Council announced the 2016 Spring Concert lineup via a video on its Facebook page Sunday night.  Acts include rapper Logic, R&B artist Tinashe and Trap&B artist Fetty Wap. The concert will be held April 17 at the University of Massachusetts Mullins Center, with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Students can purchase tickets at the Mullins Center Box Office beginning Monday at 10 a.m. Tickets will cost $15 for undergraduate students and $30 for faculty, graduate students and other Five College students. General admission tickets will sell for $50.

Bianca Surjawan, a senior BDIC major studying design and technology, is the executive director of UPC. Surjawan said that UPC chose their acts after gathering data from a student survey hosted through Campus Pulse at the beginning of the semester.

In the survey, students were able to rank their top three genre choices. According to Surjawan, the majority of students ranked Hip Hop/R&B as their top choice.

Through the survey, students could also write-in general suggestions. Surjawan said that in the comments and through word of mouth “we hear these names being repeated over and over again.”

Survey numbers were not immediately available.

Surjawan said that finding artists for the concert wasn’t easy as UPC was competing with Coachella, a music and arts festival taking place the same weekend, and other universities’ spring concerts hosted during this time of year, to book performers.

Surjawan added that the UMass Spring Concert date worked well for booking Fetty Wap as he is scheduled to perform at the University of Connecticut the day before.

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