West Virginia University will welcome students back to campus with FallFest 2015 on Sunday, Aug. 16. Gates for the annual concert will open at 4 p.m. and the performances on the Mountainlair Plaza are set to begin at 4:30 p.m. This year’s performers are Los Angeles rapper ScHoolboy Q, Electronic Dance Music (EDM) duo The Chainsmokers and Texas-born contemporary country foursome the Eli Young Band. 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.

ScHoolboy Q – Born Quincy Matthew Hanley, rapper ScHooboy Q credits The Notorious B.I.G., Nas and 50 Cent as his biggest influences, but his California lifestyle can easily be heard in his voice, slang and content. He spent three years in the mixtape underground turning out mixtapes for Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), home to his Black Hippy co-stars Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul. His first studio album “Oxymoron” (Interscope) produced the hits “Collard Greens,” “Man of the Year” and “Studio,” and earned him two Grammy nominations—one for Best Rap Album and one for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Q describes this album as “a gangster rap L.A. dark album from a good student’s point of view.”

The Chainsmokers – The EDM duo of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall is best known for their hit song ”#Selfie.” Their wild antics, hilarious personalities and addicting productions have made The Chainsmokers’ live shows the most sought after events in American EDM. The duo’s signature sound has its foundations in indie, progressive and pop music, and they have quickly earned a devoted fan base by remixing songs of popular artists such as Tove Lo, The Killers, Neon Trees and many more.

Eli Young Band – This self-proclaimed “band of road dogs” has come a long way from playing in clubs while students at North Texas State University. The Eli Young Band has three No. 1 songs to their Credit—”Drunk Last Night,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and “Crazy Girl”—as well as an Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year (“Crazy Girl”). The group is known for their potent live shows that landed them a spot opening in stadiums for Kenny Chesney. The band’s latest single “Turn It On” is steadily making its way up Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

FallFest is free to WVU students with valid WVU Student IDs. Gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m. (Please note: the Mountainlair will be closed from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.) A special tent will be set up in front of the Mountainlair beginning at 4 p.m. to assist WVU students with ID questions. WVU students are permitted one guest age 17 or older and must obtain a guest ticket at the tent in front of the Mountainlair. This tent will be located near the bookstore. The PRT will run until 12:30 a.m. Buses will also run between the Mountainlair and Towers until 10 p.m.

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 and selfie 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 events.wvu.edu. Stay connected with the latest event updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by following @wvuevents.



CONTACT: WVU Arts & Entertainment
Kristie Stewart-Gale, 304.293.8221, Kristie.stewart-gale@mail.wvu.edu
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