Spring Concerts Around the Ivies

Elizabeth S Pinkas

Crowds of students filled the old yard yesterday for this year’s Yardfest, featuring the music of White Panda, Sam Adams, and Far East Movement.

Announcement of this year's Yardfest lineup (ever the Billboard Hit, never the Dev) was met with overwhelming indifference on campus. But to put Das Racist and the Cataracs in context, Flyby takes a look at how the other Ivies will be jamming.

University of Pennsylvania: This year's Spring Fling concert will start on Friday, Apr. 13, and escalate to carnival-style celebrations over the course of two days. The electropop band Passion Pit (which hails from our very own Cambridge, MA) will open for headliner Tiesto.

Brown: On Apr. 20, Brown will welcome actor-turned-rapper Childish Gambino to their Main Green alongside Sepalcure and What Cheer? Brigade. The big night is followed by Saturday's concert involving The Glitch Mob, Cam'ron, and Twin Shadow.

Cornell: Cornell's Slope Day (a homage to the giant grassy slope where the main concert takes place) has a lot to live up to. Last year's show saw Nelly whip crowds into a frenzy; the year prior, Grammy-nominated rapper Drake took to the stage. This year's concert is scheduled to take place May 4, and the lineup has yet to be announced.

Princeton: Princeton's end-of-year celebrations take the form of a three-day extravaganza culminating in lawn parties during which many eating clubs open up their lawns and hire entertainment. Last year the New Jersey campus welcomed Wiz Khalifa, and previous acts include The Roots and B.O.B. This year's event is set to take place in early May, but the performers have not yet been announced.

Yale: According to The Yale Daily Herald, students have mixed reactions to Yale's Spring Fling lineup, which was leaked last week and will include T-Pain, Passion Pit, and DJ 3LAU. Acts from previous years have included Mike Posner, MGMT and N.E.R.D.

Columbia: Columbia's week-long Bacchanal celebrations remain without a grand finale, though a headlining act is is due to be announced soon. In previous years, Vampire Weekend (whose band members met while at Columbia), Kanye West, and comedian Bob Saget have taken the stage.

Dartmouth: Scheduled for May 19, Dartmouth's Green Key Weekend still seems a long way away. Weekends from years gone by have featured piano smashing contests, chariot races and general debauchery, and we wait with bated breath to see how this year's installment plays out.

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