FEST 2012 just around the corner
Published: Monday, April 16, 2012
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 16:08
Mark the calendar, because May 14 is the Big Reveal for FEST 2012. The DePaul Activities Board is working hard to keep the excitement going throughout students at DePaul.
According to Lizmarie Palomo, the FEST Coordinator, DAB is currently in the middle of the contracting process for the artists. Previous artists that have performed at FEST include Chromeo and Wiz Khalifa.
DAB is concerned about student interest in FEST 2012, so they have hosted other smaller events in preparation. They have had three promotion events titled “Fest Forum” where students have been able to participate in artist surveys, get free goodies, and give their own opinion on FEST. The student survey for musical artists included Lupe Fiasco, Snoop Dogg, Damian Marley, Cage the Elephant and Janelle Monae.
“This year, we are trying to make FEST a time for fun, dancing, letting loose and making memories,” said Palomo.
FEST is held each year in the Lincoln Park Campus Quad, and events will start at 6:30 p.m.
In addition to FEST 2012, DAB will be hosting a FEST AfterHours party in the Student Center room 120. As soon as the lights are off in the Quad, the party will move to the Student Center. With artists such as Andy Grammar, Battles, Kid Sister and the Cataracas on the student survey, the after party is building up to be as big as FEST itself.
“Not only am I excited for the music, but it’s another opportunity to make more friends at DePaul,” said freshman computer science major, Billy Kraft.
Although the NATO Summit will be in Chicago, (which have changed the date of FEST from the usual Memorial Weekend to June 1) extra security measures will not take place at FEST. However, the security team is keeping these events along with many others on their radar during FEST 2012.
“[Security has] been working with us for the past two years so they are fully aware that our number one concern at FEST is the student’s safety,” said Palomo.
“I think last years Fest ran very smoothly and there weren’t any major issues,” said Ariane Ackerberg. “We had a great team and coordinator working on everything, which contributed, to the success.”
“This year there have already been some changes with the location and date so it’s hard to tell what the end product will look like,” she said. “There are some strong leaders in DAB and in the Office of Student Involvement that will help to ensure a smooth Fest.”
Tickets for FEST 2012 will be sold the day following Big Reveal (May 15). All other inside information can be found on the FEST forum or Facebook page.