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Obstacles complicate UPC spring concert

Obstacles complicate UPC spring concert

Obstacles complicate UPC spring concert
January 22
10:55 2014

Steven James // Staff Writer

UNT’s University Program Council has made progress on the planned spring concert for later this semester, but still needs time to properly organize the event for its projected date in late April.UPC president Lucy Hill said that nothing is finalized for the planning of the concert yet since the concert is still in the contracting phase.

In order for the concert to happen, UPC still needs to find a technical rider, who would handle the stage set-up and other equipment issues, and a hospitality rider, in charge of catering for the artists during their stay in Denton.

UPC also must get final rights permission from the president and vice president of the student service fee committee.

“We’re waiting for UNT legal to get behind the concert,” Hill said. “We’re also looking for both a main act and an opener.”

Hill said she didn’t want to reveal the results of the poll so that students wouldn’t automatically assume that artist will be chosen as the act for the concert. Although UPC will contact the bands in the order they were voted for, Hill said they are limited by a $150,000 budget and other factors.

“The process of booking an artist or band is a lot like buying a house; it’s a negotiation,” Hill said. “We write an offer letter to the artist or band and they can decide if they want to come.

UPC first sent out a survey asking UNT students which musical genres they listen to the most and the UPC used, and then used the results to compile a list of 10 potential artists. The list consisted of Lifehouse, Queens of the Stone Age, Trey Songz, Ke$ha, Spoon, J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, Panic! at the Disco, One Republic and Wiz Khalifa.

Aviation logistics freshman Hang Khai said that while he has heard of most of those artists, he normally listens to just hip-hop.

“I sometimes listen to A$AP Rocky and Trey Songz,” Khai said. “One Republic has some good songs that I like, but I mostly just listen to hip-hop and rap.”

Philosophy junior Dylan Cavanaugh is more of a fan of rock.

“I sometimes listen to Queens of the Stone Age on the radio,” Cavanaugh said. “I also like Panic! at the Disco, and Spoon has some good songs.”

Cavanaugh also said that he likes the fact that UNT is doing more things for its students, like planning a concert.

“If I don’t have to work on that day then yeah, I’ll go to the concert if a band I listen to is coming,” he said.

Though nothing is certain at the moment, Hill hopes that the hype surrounding the concert will get students excited.

Feature photo: UPC Logo courtesy of the University Program Council 

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