Fitz and The Tantrums, a California-based indie rock band, will be headlining this year's Volapalooza with special guests The Dirty Guv'nahs and The Delta Saints.
The event will be held at Thompson-Boling Arena on Friday, April 25, the last day of classes for UT.
The lineup was released Friday night at Campus Entertainment Board's Vol Night Long: The Royal Treatment. The reveal included a live acoustic set from Knoxville roots band The Dirty Guv'nahs, who also attended UT and said they are excited to play an event they attended as undergraduates.
"I actually did go to Volapalooza when Ben Folds was there," James Trimble, lead singer, said. "It's really cool to be a part of it. I went to undergrad here, grad school here and then we left and became a band. This will be our largest venue yet."
Also playing at Bonnaroo this year, Fitz and The Tantrums, said being the headliner is definitely a plus.
"We didn't know who the headliner was and we got even more excited when we found out who it was," Cozmo Holloway of The Dirty Guv'nahs said. "It was an extended Christmas present."
Students at VNL had a variety of reactions to the lineup reveal, ranging from pumped to disappointed.
"I'm really excited for Fitz and The Tantrums," Helen Holzapfel, freshman in child and family studies, said. "I think the thing is, the lineup really is underground music, a lot of it isn't popular. But I think a lot of them would be surprised, I think if you're a fan of music, you'll have a great time at this concert, whether you like the band or not, or whether you know the band or not."
Blake Roller, junior in journalism and electronic media and political science, said he wished UT would bring in more well-known bands.
"This is the third year I've not known any of these performers," Roller said. "I wish we had bigger performers that all students know. ETSU gets people like Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood and then we get people I've never heard of."
Volapalooza, funded by student fees, is a part of the Central Programming Council and is planned by the Volapalooza Event Planners, a committee with a maximum of 21 students. Anna Walsh, committee chair, said she aims to create an event with large appeal and high-quality acts.
"Typically the first step after Volapalooza ends is to look at the results of last year," Walsh, junior in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology and chemistry, said. "We look at how well it was planned and executed among the committee.
"Numbers do go into it, but we base it off of how well we meet the needs of the community."
When deciding this year's lineup, Walsh said event planners aimed for a more cohesive set of acts.
"We wanted a more unified sound that we had last year," Walsh said. "It's wonderful to have diverse acts, but this year we wanted to see what we could do with trying to fuse them into a more unified sound, to see if that would work a little better."
Student tickets are $5 and will be available starting next week.
"What are else are you going to do before finals? It's gonna be the greatest show in history of the University of Tennessee," Trimble joked. "Don't miss it. ... We're trying to hold our pride back."