Binghamton University’s Spring Fling lineup has been announced and to some students, it may seem like an odd grouping.
In lieu of the traditional one major act, the Student Association’s Vice President for Programming Aaron Cohn has decided, once again, that bigger is probably better.
Following the success of last year’s act, electro-DJ GirlTalk, Cohn has booked Super Mash Bros,. as well as pop/rock group Far East Movement and emo favorite Taking Back Sunday. All three will take the main stage on May 7.
Though Cohn admitted that it may be a weird combination, he thinks the show should be a successful one, especially based on how well they did on the student surveys.
“[The lineup is] random, I know but the common thread among all of them is that they’re all fun acts,”Cohn said. “We’re just hitting a ton of niches on campus.”
Lauren Coringrato, the programming board’s concert chair, echoed Cohn’s sentiment.
“We were really just trying to go for a type of show that would reach out to as many students as possible,” she explained.
After Drake’s success last semester, the programming board attempted to get a second large show for the spring. When logistics didn’t pan out, they decided to go to plan B: making Spring Fling feel more like a music festival.
“One thing we learned last year, Spring Fling is outdoors, it’s fun and it needs to be danceable, it needs to be one big party,” Cohn explained.
Coringrato told Pipe Dream that while the official order of the show has not been finalized, all three will be performing during the evening. The day stage will still be available for student groups to perform.
According to Cohn, Far East Movement was extremely popular among the University’s Asian community as well as other students, because they’re so danceable.
Super Mash Bros., who has been called Girl Talk’s hot cousin by fans, performed at Cornell in the fall where they were well received.
Taking Back Sunday, who also did well on the student survey, will be headlining music festival The Bamboozle the weekend before.
One thing is for certain, though, the show will leave some pretty big shoes to fill next year.
“I think it’s going to be tremendous,” Cohn said. “[but] this isn’t something students should expect every year. A lot of good things fell into place. But it should be a nice treat.”