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After Delayed Announcement, Tiësto To Headline Yardfest

DJ Steve Aoki performs at last year's Yardfest.
DJ Steve Aoki performs at last year's Yardfest. By Ryosuke Takashima
By Junina Furigay and Kenton K. Shimozaki, Crimson Staff Writers

UPDATED: April 19, 2017 at 10:54 a.m.

Electronic dance music DJ and producer Tiësto will headline Yardfest—the College’s annual outdoor spring concert—the College Events Board announced Tuesday evening, only three days before the Friday concert.

The Dutch Grammy-winning artist, known for tracks like “Wasted” and “Red Lights,” has published five studio albums including “A Town Called Paradise” in 2014.

“The CEB is so excited to bring Tiësto to campus,” CEB Yardfest Committee member Jackson M. Grigsby ’20 said in a press release. “It’s going to be a wild show.”

Yardfest is hosted by the College Events Board, a student-led programming board sponsored by the Office of Student Life that coordinates campus-wide social events for undergraduates. Prolonged contract negotiations delayed the announcement of this year’s headliner.

“In addition to his remarkable musical achievements, Tiësto is a leader in philanthropy, having headlined multiple concerts for charity including the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park,” the College Events Board wrote.

Electronic dance DJ Steve Aoki threw cakes into the crowded Tercentenary Theatre last year for Yardfest. Recent headliners have also included Jessie J, Janelle Monáe, Sara Bareilles, and Tyga.

Speculation about who would be headlining Yardfest started prematurely this year when early rumors swirled on social media that Carly Rae Jepsen and The Chainsmokers had been considered to headline the event in November. The CEB quickly denied that any final discussions were underway, although it did not stop devotees from hashing out the feud on Facebook pages supporting their artist.

Student performers Hello Cleveland and Kyle Ray will open for Tiësto after winning CEB’s Battle for Yardfest event in March. Hello Cleveland, a student rock band, is comprised of W. Gant Player ’19, Ryan D. Kerr ’17, Evan R. Sandhoefner ’17, Ben C. G. Lee ’17, and Chris G. Haley ’19.

—Staff writer Junina Furigay can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @junina_furigay.

—Staff writer Kenton K. Shimozaki can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @KentonShimozaki.

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