Penn’s Social Planning and Events Committee have announced several significant changes to this year’s annual Spring Fling festival, prompting mixed reactions from students.
The lineup of artists for the Fling concert — which consists of rappers CupcakKe and Sage the Gemini, Pop and R&B singer JoJo, and headliner alt-rock band the All-American Rejects — has been criticized by some as being incoherent and confusing. Amid the ongoing discussion of the artists leading up to Fling, some of Penn's peer universities have also been implementing changes to their Spring festivities.
Earlier this semester, Yale University's Yale College Council announced that, for the first time, the school will host four performers instead of three at their Spring Fling. This is in spite of a $23,000 budget decrease, the Yale Daily News reported. The event, which will be headlined by hip-hop artist A$AP Ferg, will also feature a performance by CupcakKe, pop singer Dagny and DJ Madeon.
This year’s annual Yardfest concert at Harvard University will be the first in two years not to feature performances in the genre of Electronic Dance Music. It is set to host rappers Lil Yachty and Wale for the concert on April 13.
Meanwhile, at the other Ivy League universities, traditional springtime festivals will remain the same as they have in years past.
At this year’s Baachanal, Columbia University will host headliner rapper Ty Dolla $ign at the steps of the Low Memorial Library on April 7. The opening acts include rapper Kamaiyah and R&B duo St. Beauty, as well as a student group Soul for Youth.
Brown University will feature a total of seven artists over their Spring Weekend. On April 27, the school will see rappers Rico Nasty and DRAM, as well as singer NAO. On April 28, students will play host to internet sensation What Cheer? Brigade, Japanese singer Rina Sawayama, American band Whitney, and rapper Anderson .Paak along with his band The Free Nationals.
Cornell University is set to host electronic duo Young Bombs, DJ group Galantis, and rapper Dreezy for their Slope Day concert on May 10.
Dartmouth College has not yet released its performers for its annual Green Key weekend, but last year, the event featured Sage the Gemini, Cheat Codes, and Smallpools on May 18.
The lineup for Princeton spring Lawnparties, a bi-annual event that occurs every semester, has yet to be announced by Princeton Undergraduate Student Government Social Committee. Last year, the concert was headlined by Jeremih, with opener J.I.D.
Correction: A previous version of this article wrote that the Yale College Council saw a $15,000 increase in their budget. They had in fact experienced a $23,000 decrease in their budget this year. The DP regrets the error.