Tigerfest ‘2.0’ to arrive this April
Towson’s spring concert festival Tigerfest will be back and better than ever April 25 and 26, according to Campus Activities Board (CAB) Director Chad Nazworth. “Tigerfest 2.0” as CAB dubbed the event, will be a two-day weekend event, as opposed to just a Friday concert.
The event, which formerly took place in Johnny Unitas Stadium will now be split into a free festival on Burdick Field Friday with the headlining artist performing Saturday in SECU Arena.
“We’re making significant changes while keeping a lot of important stuff intact,” Nazworth said.
The free festival will take place Friday, April 25. It will include all of the events that were previously incorporated in the event at Unitas, including inflatable attractions, vendors and games sponsored by student groups. The winner of CAB’s annual band and DJ competition Bring the Noise will also perform on this day.
The winners of this competition traditionally opened for the Tigerfest headliner, but Nazworth said having them perform on Friday will allow them to have longer set times and gain better exposure.
“[Tigerfest] began on Burdick Field,” Nazworth said. “We’re taking it back to the center of campus where people can see it, hear the music and get involved.”
The headliner will perform Saturday, April 26. The concert will be ticketed, with prices as low as $15.
Despite the drop in prices, Nazworth said CAB did not change the budget for the artist, so the performer will not change in popularity.
The changes were made based on suggestions from students and administration who were disappointed after previous Tigerfests were cancelled due to weather. Nazworth said that holding the concert inside will ensure it does not have to compete with Maryland’s April weather.
It was also a financial decision, Nazworth said. Lowering ticket prices was made possible by holding the concert in SECU Arena as opposed to Unitas due to the field cover that CAB previously had to purchase to hold the concert outside. It cost approximately $60,000 for the cover, Nazworth said, which was redirected this year into making the concert affordable and into funding the free festival on Friday.
“We’re putting student dollars back into their hands instead of under their feet,” Nazworth said.
Sophomore family studies major Torrie Manning said that she is hopeful for to this year’s Tigerfest after last year’s was pushed back and later cancelled due to area thunderstorms.
“It was messy in both the rainy aspect and that everyone was getting ready starting at 10, 11 in the morning and they kept pushing it back,” Manning said.
But she is excited to see the new changes.
“It sounds like a great idea,” she said.
Local bands, DJs and rappers will compete Friday, Feb. 14 to perform at the Friday festival. CAB hopes to release the headliner for the Saturday concert in March.