Summerfest shoots to shatter expectations

Paul Presha/Contributing Writer

Every July, black, white and neon pink begins to infiltrate the campus as Summerfest looms around the corner. Students and guests will extreme amounts of bass at the annual electronic music festival, this time with a few changes.

Hosted by Campus Life, the music festival focuses on engaging students through electronic dance music and foam.

John Parmenter, Summerfest faculty advisor, wants to do things differently. No more foam, said Paramenter.

“This year we got rid of the foam to put more money into the stage. We looked at Ultra and wanted to do something like that…on our budget. We have a crazy amount of CO2, new sparklers, and a few other things,” said Parmenter.  

The stage will be graced by the chest thumping, neck breaking sub frequencies of Slander, Joyryde and Yooki, to name a few.

With last year’s record-breaking attendance in the books, the SummerFest task force is looking to once again defy expectations, according to Parmenter.

This year, Summerfest will include two local musicians, Sig Fig and DJ Trapia. This will be the first time the festival will include local support, totaling five performers.

Besides a bigger and better stage, the SummerFest task force is also rolling out new initiatives to increase audience engagement to put on a great and safe show. There have been a number of clues popping up on campus, from stickers and flyers to beautified park benches, all courtesy of the SummerFest task force.

Known changes to event will include giveaways and two food trucks.

Summerfest is free for all currently enrolled FIU students and open to guests with the purchase of a ticket. The festival will take place starting at 7 p.m on Thursday, July 12, between the Blue and Gold garages.

Photo courtesy from the Summerfest Facebook page.

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