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Rapper Lil Tjay will open the concert for the 50th anniversary of Spring Fling (Photo from The Come Up Show | CC BY-ND 2.0).

The Social Planning and Events Committee announced that Lil Tjay will open the concert on Friday, April 21 for Spring Fling's 50th anniversary.

Lil Tjay, an American rapper, is best known for his 2021 song “Calling My Phone” — which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 — and his appearance on American rapper Polo G’s 2019 single “Pop Out.” He has also collaborated with high-profile artists such as American rappers French Montana and Pop Smoke. 

Lauv will headline the concert, which will take place in Penn Park at 7:30 p.m. In an Instagram post on April 3 announcing Lauv as the headliner, SPEC said they will reveal “special guests” in the near future.

The theme for this year’s Daytime Fling is titled “Golden Spring,” celebrating the event’s 50th anniversary. The event is free for Penn students and their guests. There will be 12 days of giveaways leading up to the free event, as well as food vendors and games at Penn Park.

This year's Spring Fling will be the second in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, Cheat Codes and Flo Milli headlined the concert, and Lil Yachty opened the show. 

SPEC Treasurer and College senior Jeffrey Yu previously told The Daily Pennsylvanian on April 3 that students first started planning this year's Spring Fling in September, taking into account student feedback to shape the planning process.

“We work with agencies and try to find talent that both is within our budget and appeases the student body,” Yu said. “This year, a lot of artists are going on tours or hosting different events, so navigating all of that has been a challenge, but it has also paid off.”

Compared to previous years, Yu said that he believes that this year’s concert will be more of a “festival experience” with concessions, photo opportunities, and other activities.

“Spring Fling is going to be a really great time,” Yu said. “It is going to be a way to celebrate the end of classes and the end of the year.”

In its previous iterations, Spring Fling’s concert has featured artists including Kesha, CupcakKe, and J.I.D.