BY MITCHELL NORTHAM
Salisbury University’s Student Organization for Activity Planning announced at a meeting on Sunday night this year’s performers for the university’s annual Gull Fest celebration.
“I know there is a wide variety of people who like different types of music,” SOAP concert chair Alex Reynolds said. “Not everyone likes rap, not everyone likes country, not everyone likes rock, so I tried to get as many genres as I could to fit the student body as a whole.”
Reynolds and SOAP were able to that, pegging down Grammy-nominated country group Eli Young Band to headline the event, along with securing rapper Sage the Gemini and punk rock band Plain White T’s as opening acts.
The event will be exclusive to SU students only and SOAP will not be allowing any out of school guests at the concert.
“We feel like (SU students) deserve it,” Reynolds said. “We’re not saying that people from other schools don’t deserve it, but we’re trying to focus on our own.”
The process to select the three acts was a long one, as Reynolds and other members of SOAP had to come up with a preliminary list of performers that they may want to perform at Gull Fest. The list is then cut down by Reynolds and other committee members before it is sent off to be approved by the community and the police department.
One of the cuts was rapper Hoodie Allen, who had expressed his interest in performing at Gull Fest on Twitter on Sept. 12, 2013.
“We didn’t think he would get approved,” SOAP secretary and treasurer Thresea Drumgoole said. “Because of language and stuff. We try to keep it clean.”
Still, Drumgoole remained confident that the student body would be excited about the performers announced.
“It reaches out to a little bit of everyone,” Drumgoole said. “(The performers) are a little more known than I think we have been used to (in comparison to past Gull Fest’s).”
Despite the committee members optimism and even though SOAP was able to secure three different acts of three different genres, some students still weren’t pleased with their selections for Gull Fest and went to the group’s Facebook page to voice their opinion. One of the commenters, junior political science major Bijan Navid, was surprised and amused when he heard who was on the bill for this year’s Gull Fest.
“I had heard leaked news of Eli Young Band playing, but the other two were a surprise,” Navid said. “I laughed when I saw the Plain White T’s on the bill, because they haven’t been relevant for years.”
The feedback from the student body wasn’t all negative though, SOAP Film Chair Teresa Rogers expressed how excited she was to have a genre that she likes come to the event.
“I love country music so I was so excited to hear the Eli Young Band was coming,” Rogers said. “It’s been a while since we’ve had country music here.”
The concert is scheduled for April 13 at 4 p.m. on the intramural fields and tickets will be $10 per student and are currently on sale at the information desk in the Guerrieri University Center.
“Hopefully the tickets don’t sell out,” Reynolds said. “I want people to come.”