By Samantha Rosen
Taking into account University of Maryland students’ requests for hip-hop and rap artists, Student Entertainment Events (SEE) is bringing 2 Chainz and Ty Dolla $ign to campus for the school’s 34th annual Art Attack.
Art Attack, this year taking place on May 5 at 7 p.m. at Maryland Stadium, began as a way to bring this university’s creative minds and promote originality. Art Attack used to have a concert event that culminated an entire weekend celebration.
Now, Art Attack has become a few different day events, including Frisbee playing and tie-dying, but is primarily seen as a large concert event, according to SEE Concert Director and senior mechanical engineer major Naitik Thanki. In the past, the concert has had between 6,000 and 10,000 attendees. This year, SEE expects to have between 8,000 and 10,000 attendees.
“I think it will be a great event, regardless of how many people come,” Thanki said. “I’ve been involved with Art Attack for four years now and it’s always a successful event.”
SEE chose 2 Chainz and Ty Dolla $ign after conducting surveys post-Art Attack in prior years asking what type of genre students would like to see at future concerts. Every year, the answer had been overwhelmingly hip-hop and rap. Additionally, SEE chooses artists that other colleges aren’t hosting and artists that fit within a budget that will keep student ticket prices low.
SEE said 2 Chainz and Ty Dolla $ign are two “fairly prominent artists in the music industry with albums coming out soon.” 2 Chainz’s popular songs include “Birthday Song,” “I’m Different” and “No Lie.” Ty Dolla $ign’s popular sings include “Sucker for Pain,” “Or Nah” and “Paranoid.”
“I’m going to Art Attack because it’s a good excuse to dance and have a good time with my friends while listening to some fun artists,” sophomore psychology and criminology major Natania Lipp said. “I love 2 Chainz. I’ve seen him live before and I think he’s a good time and I know all the words to I’m Different so I’m really excited to see him.”
Opening for 2 Chainz and Ty Dolla $ign are The Radiographers, a student band. The band won UMD’s “Battle of the Bands” which was held to showcase student talent and audition to be the opener for Art Attack.
Tickets for Art Attack XXXIV can be bought online, at the Stamp Ticket Office, and at Maryland Stadium on the day of the show if they are not sold out. UMD Student Bowl tickets are $12, General Admission Floor tickets for the public are $50 and General Admission Bowl tickets for the public are $40. UMD tickets must be accompanied by a valid UID. Lineup for the show starts at 4 p.m. The doors officially close at 9 p.m.