Third Eye Blind and Kid Cudi will dual-headline the fall concert at Binghamton University on Oct. 11, bringing two very different sounds to the Events Center.
The Student Association Programming Board informed Pipe Dream of the news on Wednesday.
Kid Cudi, up-and-coming hip hop artist who is best known as Kanye West’s protege and co-wrote “Heartless” and “Paranoid” on West’s 2008 album, will be performing first. His debut album, “Man on the Moon,” will be released Sept. 15, which will include his two hit songs: “Day ‘n’ Nite” and “Make Her Say.”
In August, Third Eye Blind came out with its fourth studio album, “Ursa Major”, marking the 10th anniversary of its debut. The band is best known for songs such as “Jumper” and “Semi-Charmed Life,” but its newly-released album has already received favorable reviews from The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and Billboard Magazine.
According to Adam Cohn, Student Association vice president for programming, both Third Eye Blind and Kid Cudi were chosen at the end of the summer, and contracts are still being finalized.
“We were working all summer to find one solid act that students would really enjoy and we ended up getting two,” Cohn said. “I think it exceeded my expectations, bringing both of them together and bringing a major fall concert to the school.”
Tickets will go on sale the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 15, with prices currently at $20 for students, plus a $2 Events Center fee, and $29 for the public, plus a $3 Events Center fee.
A student-only pre-sale will take place on Monday, Sept. 14, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Student Association Box Office located in the Old University Union, upstairs from the Susquehanna Room. At the pre-sale, the SAPB will waive the facility fee.
According to Cohn, 3,000 tickets are set aside for students, 1,500 tickets are available for the pre-sale and 2,000 are set aside for the public.
For the first time, the SA will introduce online ticket sales through a link on the SA Web site, sa.binghamton.edu, on Sept. 15.
“Online ticketing will make purchasing much more accessible for on-campus and off-campus students,” Lauren Coringrato, concert chair of the SAPB, said. “Ticketing for Jon Stewart and basketball games were out of hand. Waiting on lines and skipping class is not best for a college student’s lifestyle. Online ticketing is something hopefully students will like.”
In addition to online ticket sales, any leftover tickets from the pre-sale will be available in the SA Box Office for regular price starting the 15th, and as of Sept. 21, they can be purchased from the Events Center Box Office.
Last fall, Lupe Fiasco performed to an audience of around 2,400 attendees, but this year the SAPB has set expectations higher since the two headlining acts cater to very different crowds, Cohn said.
“We are right now looking at a maximum of 5,000 tickets, all general admission, but the numbers could change as we go and we will see if we could expand it,” Coringrato said.
According to Coringrato, there was a lot of talk among herself, Cohn and other members of the SAPB throughout the summer about the acts for the concert.
“One of the big things that I wanted to push was to take two different and seemingly unrelated bands and try to appeal to most of the student body,” she said. “This is how we ended up with a rapper, Kid Cudi, and an old favorite, Third Eye Blind.”
Another main goal for Coringrato is to bring as many concerts and acts to campus this year as possible.
“There is typically a big fall show and a big spring show, but my goal is to bring in an additional show,” she said. “I definitely want to bring to the table as much as I can for the students.”