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UPC to bring music fest to UNT

UPC to bring music fest to UNT

UPC to bring music fest to UNT
February 25
23:50 2015

Paul Wedding / Senior Staff Writer

The University Program Council is bringing a music festival to UNT for the first time to showcase local Denton musicians and relieve stress during finals week.

The festival, called North By North Texas, is not going to replace the UPC Spring Concert, but will be its own separate entity as UPC plans to have more large-scale concerts in the future. However, due to multiple budget cuts across UNT, it was not possible to have these this year.

“Our main goal is just to provide a unique musical outlet that the school hasn’t seen in awhile,” UPC president Nathan Ryckman said.

North By North Texas is scheduled for May 1 from 6-9 p.m. at the Onstead Promenade.

“We wanted to pick a date right before finals to give students a chance to unwind and relax before they have to start studying,” Ryckman said.

Eventually, UPC would like to see the event grow into a large-scale festival with mainstream performers and acts for UNT students, but it is starting small for the event’s first year, Ryckman said.

The event is still being planned and there are no known acts yet. UPC does not know how much it will cost yet, but it will be funded entirely through UPC, with no additional costs to UNT students. The Union fee in students’ tuition costs pays for all UPC events at the beginning of every semester.

Art freshman Maddie Trout is looking forward to seeing the local artists at the event.

“Denton has a ton of great music so it should be really cool,” she said.

Dance senior Danielle Zuniga sees the festival as a new way for students to find new music.

“The fact that they’re bringing more awareness to art and music is awesome,” Zuniga said.

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