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The crowd during Spring Fling at Penn Park on April 14, 2018. Credit: Chase Sutton

Penn’s Social Planning and Events Committee is hosting a launch party this Wednesday to announce the lineup of artists that will perform at the annual Spring Fling concert — the first since 2019 — on April 8. 

The event, which will take place on March 23 at 5 p.m. on the College Green, is open to all Penn students. Attendees can expect free Shake Shack meals and a number of other giveaways, including picnic blankets, tote bags, and stickers. SPEC will also announce the logo and theme for the Daytime Fling event.

Wharton sophomore Queenie Huang is a member of SPEC’s Daytime Fling committee. She said Daytime Fling, which will be held on April 9, will feature various food vendors, giveaways, inflatables, games, and live performances by student groups and bands at Penn Park.

While SPEC typically hosts an annual Fling concert every year at Penn Park in April, with one or more headlining artists performing at the event, the concert has not been held in person since 2019 — when Miguel and J.I.D performed — due to the pandemic. 

After its cancellation in 2020, the concert was held virtually in 2021 over two weekends rather than the traditional one, giving an added aspect of flexibility to SPEC leaders as they booked performances.

College senior Kayla Johnson has served as one of SPEC Concerts Directors for three years. She said that when deciding upon the performers, SPEC takes into account the budget that they have available, the artist’s availability, 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.]”

Previous headliners for the concert include Chance the Rapper, Kesha, Kygo, and Tiësto. 

Students can now purchase early bird tickets for $20 to this year’s Fling concert online