The soundtrack to Tigerfest
This year’s Tigerfest concert had the most attendees since 2008’s concert featuring the All-American Rejects. The Campus Activities Board sold 6,500 tickets, more than 2,000 than last year, according to Campus Programming Coordinator Elizabeth Rapoport.
Tigerfest featured student band and Battle of the Bands winner Stacked Like Pancakes, DJ White Rabbit, The Cataracs and headliner Kid Cudi.
Sophomore Jazmin Nixon said she didn’t like CAB’s choice of bands last year.
“I want to see The Cataracs,” she said. “I didn’t go [to Tigerfest] last year because I didn’t know Far East Movement or any of those bands. But I’m a fan of Kid Cudi, too, so I’m really excited.”
SAFE management handled security for the event. Pat-downs were performed upon entry, and the front of the concert barricade was constantly monitored, according to Rapoport.
An announcement was made during the concert that attendees were crowding the front of the barricade and injuring students. At least one student had to be transported to a local hospital, the announcer said.
Rapoport would not comment on the transports, saying SAFE and the police handled all incidents.
Kid Cudi performed around 7:45 p.m., after all inflatables, the beer garden and the food center had closed.
Freshman Stephanie Herdoiza said she attended Tigerfest twice when she was in high school.
“I think two years ago it was on Burdick field, so this really different and cool,” she said.
Junior Kelsey Salin said she was not impressed with Kid Cudi’s performance, and that she left after the fourth song.
“Honestly, it could have been better,” she said. “I was expecting a lot more.”
Freshman Meg Shetz said she met documentary group “I’m Shmacked” on campus after she and her friends made shirts with “Shmacked” logo on them. Shetz posted the shirts to Twitter, and “Shmacked” contacted her, asking if they wanted to be in the video.
“I’m Shmacked” did not seek a press pass from CAB, according to Rapoport. She said she did not know that they attended.
“I don’t think Shmacked improved the feeling or atmosphere of Tigerfest or affected how much people drank,” she said. “People weren’t drinking more just to be in the video.”