Drake will headline Binghamton University’s fall concert as part of his ‘Light Dreams and Nightmare’ tour.
According to Aaron Cohn, Student Association vice president for programming, Drake was one of the most requested acts from the student survey the SA sent out last November.
‘Drake is definitely a really hot act right now, especially after this summer and his new album,’ Cohn said. ‘This is probably the biggest hip-hop act we’ve ever brought to Binghamton.’
The fall concert will take place on Oct. 1.
Sponsored by AT&T, Drake’s upcoming tour will begin on Sept. 20, on the heels of his new album, ‘Thank Me Later’ which was released in June.
A student-only pre-sale will occur Wednesday, Sept. 1, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. outside the clock tower along the President Lois B. DeFleur Walkway, the spine of campus. At the pre-sale, the Student Association Programming Board will waive the Events Center fee, which has not yet been determined. The pre-sale ticket price will be $25, which must be paid in cash.
Tickets will go on sale online through the SA website, sa.binghamton.edu, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2, with prices at $25 for students and $36 for the public, plus an additional Events Center fee.
According to Cohn, 3,500 tickets are set aside for students and 1,500 for the public.
The SAPB expects to break even with ticket sales, with any additional money earned going to future events, said SAPB vice chair of the concert committee, Adam Sebag, a sophomore majoring in biology.
Before BU’s concert, Drake is playing two sold-out shows at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall and in Washington, D.C. He will be performing with his opening hip-hop duo act, The Clipse.
‘Drake is going to all the major cities but we’re one of only three schools this tour is coming to which is huge,’ Cohn said.
When asked why BU was one of the three schools chosen, Cohn responded that it was difficult to know exactly why, but added that ‘We’ve got a reputation for huge shows like Green Day and Foo Fighters, and they know the experience working with Binghamton is top notch and professional.’
Cohn said that the increase in the student activity fee passed last spring helped make the concert possible. The fee was increased from $86.50 to $92.50 per semester for the 2010-11 school year.
Lauren Coringrato, concert chair of the SAPB, said she has been feeling the anticipation surrounding this concert.
‘We were definitely a little surprised that the concert schedule was posted so early which isn’t typical for us, but the good buzz has made it worth it,’ Coringrato said. ‘I’ve gotten very positive feedback from the community.’
Both Cohn and Coringrato are expecting a huge show with a great turnout.
‘With Third Eye Blind and Kid Cudi last year, we hit our goal in terms of sales, but this year we’re definitely anticipating a sellout and I think we have a good shot,’ Cohn said. ‘This is only the first of many big events for this semester.’