The lineup is in.
This year's "Volapalooza" will headline with "Rack City" rapper Tyga and feature special guests DJ Mike Nasty, a local artist, and electronic group Beats Antique.
The Central Programming Council began conducting research to create the concert lineup early in the year, an effort Sarah Kim, CPC press secretary, said can help to achieve more transparency of what the campus wants from the concert on April 26.
"'Volapalooza' does an online survey every year that starts after the end of 'Volapalooza' and ends early on in the fall semester," Kim said. "We encourage students to participate so that we can gain a better understanding of what the campus community thinks is popular and current in the world of music. Although we may not be able to bring the exact artists suggested to us, we use the survey results as parameters for our decision."
Tyga first appeared on the scene with his single "Coconut Juice," which featured Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy, in 2008. After a brief hiatus, the rapper returned to the music scene newly signed to Young Money Records. Perhaps his most popular singles are "Faded," "Far Away" and "Rack City," all of which made the Billboard Hot 100 list.
Mike Nash, senior in logistics and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., who also known by "DJ Mike Nasty," will also be among the performers in this year's lineup.
"I honestly felt humbled and blessed to receive the opportunity to perform at 'Volapalooza.' It can be slightly overwhelming to find out you are a part of a staple event here on campus," said Nash.
The Memphis native has been involved since his senior year of high school and has DJ-ed events such as "Vol Night Long" for organizations Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Beta Chi Theta.
"What I love most about being a DJ are the relationships I develop with people from various diverse backgrounds," Nash said.
Beats Antique, an electronic and experimental world fusion music group founded in San Francisco, has appeared on stage for other music festivals such as "Bonnaroo" and "Coachella."
Brittany Whitfield, junior in mathematics, said she's happy to see a diverse lineup and believes it could unify the student body.
"I think the attempt to bring in variety and diversity into the lineup will probably help generate more students coming and more diverse students going to the event," Whitfield said.
Marigrace Angelo, CPC president and senior in studio art, said the event is a way for students to alleviate the stress often accompanied with the workload at the end of the semester.
"It's incredibly cheap and very entertaining, and has been a campus tradition for over a decade," Angelo said. "It's a fun way for students to celebrate the end of the semester before buckling down for finals. 'Volapalooza' is one of the most anticipated events of the academic year, and is always a huge success. It always draws a large portion of the student body, and some community members as well."
Cody Woodside, freshman in journalism and electronic media, said the price for the concert will not be worth it since he's not interested in the artists who will be performing.
"College students generally don't make a lot of money so spending $15 on anything, even a concert in the Thompson-Boling Arena, isn't cheap," Woodside said. "It doesn't make sense to charge that much for something that's not going to be good," he said. "I'm sure it's going to sell out and there are going be a lot of students, but I'm not going attend."
Planning on attending "Volapalooza" to add more memories to her senior year, Taria Person, senior in English creative writing and African studies, said she is impressed with the lineup.
"I think it's a good thing that they have Tyga, I think it adds diversity especially to this campus and this atmosphere in Knoxville," Person said. "And on top of that it puts locals with people who are actually famous so it gives our students opportunities to see those positions. I think it does make it more of a party, more of a peer thing, an intimate thing, rather than a concert. I think they're changing from the previous years."
Last year, "Volapalooza" performers include rap group Three 6 Mafia, electronic instrumentalist duo Big Gigantic and reggae legend Ziggy Marley.
Angelou said she hopes this year provides students with even more entertainment than its predecessor.
"Each 'Volapalooza' builds upon the successes of years' past, making it even more fun and entertaining than the last," Angelo said. "This year, the 'Volapalooza' event planners have worked incredibly hard to give the event a festival atmosphere. There are a lot of fun surprises in store."
Students may purchase their tickets for the event beginning Friday, March 1, at the Central Ticket Office in the UC. The first 500 students in the queue will receive a $5 discount off the $10 purchase price. Students will pay $15 for entrance at the door.
UT students are required to purchase tickets at the Central Ticket Office in the UC, and only cash is accepted. General admission tickets are for sale online at www.knoxvilletickets.com.