Cheat Codes and Flo Milli will headline the first in-person Spring Fling concert since 2019 next month.
The concert is set to take place in Penn Park on April 8 at 8 p.m., followed by the Daytime Fling event the next day, on April 9. Penn’s Social Planning and Events Committee unveiled the concert lineup — along with the logo and theme for the Daytime Fling event — at a launch party event relocated from College Green to the ARCH building, which featured a number of giveaways.
There will also be a third "surprise guest" artist as the third performer.
Daytime Fling will carry a carnival theme — with the title "Revival of the Fling" — and will include various food vendors, giveaways, inflatables, games, and live performances by student groups and bands at Penn Park.
The Los Angeles-based DJ trio Cheat Codes is best known for their collaboration with Demi Lovato on the 2017 hit "No Promises." The single was certified Platinum, and peaked at No. 6 on the American Top 40 chart.
Flo Milli, the Alabama-based rapper, is an up-and-coming star in the hip-hop genre. Her singles "Beef FloMix" and "In The Party" and her debut mixtape, "Ho, Why Is You Here?" earned her a nomination as Best New Artist at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards.
SPEC traditionally hosts the annual event each spring — recently in Penn Park, and previously in the Quad — but the event was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 and held online in 2021. The virtual, two-weekend 2021 Fling featured seven total artists, including Louis the Child and Chloe x Halle.
When deciding on this year's headliners, College senior Kayla Johnson, who has served as one of SPEC concerts directors for three years, said SPEC worked to take into account the budget that it has available, the artists' availabilities, and the voices of Penn students.
“At the end of 2021, we sent out a schoolwide email asking students for suggestions on artists that they would like to see perform [at Fling], so we also took that into consideration,” Johnson said. “We definitely do listen to the voices of other students [when deciding on the artist].”
In its 47 in-person iterations, Spring Fling has hosted a number of big names, including Chance the Rapper, Kesha, Kygo, and Tiësto. In the most recent in-person event, in 2019, Miguel and J.I.D performed.
SPEC President Yaaseen Mahomed, a Wharton and Engineering junior, said he feels this Spring Fling performance will be especially important as it has not been held in person since 2019.
"All of SPEC is incredibly excited for Spring Fling this year after its two-year hiatus," Mahomed said. "Being the 49th year of the tradition, we believe it’s one of the biggest highlights of the Penn social calendar and a chance to take part in something that has gone on for years."
Mahomed said the SPEC concerts directors — including Johnson, College senior Claire Marucci, and College junior Jeffrey Yu — and the SPEC Spring Fling directors — including Wharton sophomore Queenie Huang, Wharton senior Jane Huang, and Nursing senior Natalie Olender — have been instrumental in the planning process, as well as SPEC PopUp.
Students can now purchase tickets for $30 to this year’s Fling concert online.