FallFest, West Virginia University’s annual welcome back concert, celebrates its 20th year and the start of the 2014 Fall semester on Monday (Aug. 18). The concert, set to begin at 6:30 p.m. on the Mountainlair Plaza, will include performances by Kendrick Lamar, Dierks Bentley and MAGIC!.
Event gates will open at 6 p.m. This free event is open to WVU students only. Students must present their valid WVU Student I.D. to enter. WVU Students are permitted one non-student guest, age 17 or older.Kendrick Lamar
Lamar returns to Morgantown after a sold-out performance in 2012, a year that saw him reach meteoric popularity with the release of his debut album “good kid, m.A.A.d city” which reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album earned massive nods from Pitchfork, The New York Times, MTV among others, and featured “Swimming Pool (Drank),” “B—-h Don’t Kill My Vibe” and “Backseat Freeystyle.”
Seven albums into one of country music’s most-respected and most-unpredictable careers, award-winning singer/songwriter Bentley continues to grow. His latest evolution comes in the form of “Riser,” featuring hit songs “Bourbon in Kentucky” and “Drunk On A Plane.” The album has found critical and commercial success, landing at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, his seventh top-10 album.
The “song of the summer” belongs to MAGIC! The reggae-fusion band has dominated the airwaves with its love-struck ballad “Rude,” which holds the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Their sound distills Caribbean flavor, arena-size bombast and glistening melodies into an undeniably intoxicating musical potion.
Please note: the Mountainlair will be closed from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. A special tent will be set up in front of the Mountainlair beginning at 6 p.m. to assist WVU students with ID questions.
The one guest per WVU student must obtain a guest ticket at the tent in front of the Mountainlair. This tent is accessible through the Stewart Hall stairs entrance.
Food, soft drinks and water will be available on the Mountainlair Plaza.
The PRT will run until midnight. Buses will run between the Mountainlair and Towers until midnight.
This is an alcohol-free event. Legal beverages will not be available for purchase. Concert-goers should note that no smoking will be permitted at FallFest in accordance with WVU’s tobacco-free campus policy.
No purses, backpacks, or bags of any kind will be permitted inside the FallFest gates. Glow sticks are also prohibited. As an additional safety measure, all concert-goers will be subject to a random security check and wanding before entering the gates.
FallFest is a rain or shine event.
This event is produced by WVU Arts & Entertainment. For additional event information, call 304-293-SHOW, or visit http://events.wvu.edu. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @wvuevents for the most up-to-date information.
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