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UPC offers choices for spring concert

UPC offers choices for spring concert

UPC offers choices for spring concert
November 04
08:36 2013

Joshua Knopp / Senior Staff Writer

UNT’s University Program Council has published a list of 10 musical artists students may vote on to play at the 2014 Spring Concert.

The options are 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. Voting is now open at through Friday.

UPC president Lucy Hill said the council had previously sent out a survey to determine the most popular genres at UNT and determined to look for rock, pop, alternative and rap artists. The council pulled together its list of 10 options based on those genres, the artists’ price range and the dates available.

Hill said many aspects of the Spring Concert are currently up in the air. The date will be in late April and she said it will most likely be held in the Coliseum and free for all students. Entertainment is being selected by this vote, but Hill said the highest vote-getter wouldn’t necessarily be the band that performs.

“Selecting an artist for a large concert is a negotiation process,” she said. ” The highest voted artist will be the person we offer to first, but if they decline, we will move on to the next most voted for artist and so on.”

UPC has $150,000 budgeted for the concert.

Student response to the list of available bands has been lukewarm.

International studies senior Laurie Holtzclaw was enthusiastic about Austin-based indie band Spoon but said she thought there should have been more options.

“Out of all those bands, I’d probably only pay to see one of them,” she said. “The others I wouldn’t go see even if they were free.”

Music sophomore Jordan Reddicks said the bands were all fairly mainstream and he didn’t listen to very many of them.

“The only band on there that I really listen to is One Republic,” he said. “I guess it just kind of depends on what audience you’re looking for.”

Pre-radio, television and film senior Trey Gish said he liked A$AP Rocky’s last album, but in general he was disappointed by the lack of variety.

“I think there’s a lot more music out there in the world,” he said. “I don’t know if there’s one person I would have liked to see, but I would have liked to be surprised.”

Students can vote for their three top picks here. Voting closes at 11:45 a.m. on Nov. 8.

Spoon is just one of the several artists students can vote for through Nov. 8 for the UPC concert series. Photo courtesy of

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