This year’s Spring Fling headliner is better than gold —
Multi-Grammy award winning artist and producer David Guetta
will be headlining Spring Fling on April 11, the Social Planning and Events
Committee revealed last night at a climactic unveiling in Perelman Quadrangle.
Concert committee members held up posters reading “Girl
Talk,” last year’s headliner, before flipping them around to reveal David Guetta’s name, while
speakers blasted his hit song “Titanium,”
Fling will be the first private college performance of Guetta’s
career, according to SPEC Co-Director and College senior Ben Yang.
“I wanted to get somebody that no other college has brought
[in for students] — that definitely stood out,“ he said. The student population has been
asking for this and have rumored about this artist each year.”
Students attending the reveal responded to SPEC’s choice
with cheers and excitement.
“What’s awesome is that everyone on Penn’s campus knows at
least three of David Guetta’s songs. It’s a testament to the awesomeness of
SPEC and its directors,” College freshman Rachel Erani said after the
“I never though
something so big and awesome could come to Fling,” College freshman Aaron Johnson said.
SPEC gave away a hundred floor passes at the announcement
event. To acquire floor passes, students will have to enter a lottery that does
not guarantee them a spot on Franklin Field. SPEC will be offering other
opportunities to obtain floor passes in the weeks leading up to Fling,
beginning with a scavenger hunt this weekend.
SPEC reported that Fling security this year will be
heightened, per artists’ request. Attendees will have to wear unremovable
wristbands made of synthetic plastic. Reentry to the concert will not be
The French house music DJ has risen to the top of the electronic dance music industry with such chart-topping songs as “Titanium,” “When Love Takes Over” and “Club Can’t Handle Me.” DJ Magazine has ranked Guetta, a multi-platinum artist and winner of two Grammys, among the top five DJs every year since 2008. He held the top spot in 2011.
Guetta has also sold over six million albums and 15 million singles worldwide. His role in the music industry encapsulates far more than a set of disks: producer, writer, artist and philanthropist.
Guetta has worked with such artists as Jay-Z, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ke$ha and countless others throughout his career, building one of the most varied music repertoires in the EDM genre.
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