After much anticipation and hard work, WhittFest is finally coming to Whittier College this Friday, April 7 at 6:30 P.M. Whittfest will be the College’s first large-scale concert and will be featuring T-Pain, Mula Gang, 7 Planets like Earth, and DJ Attello at the Memorial Stadium football field. Over one thousand of the College’s community’s members, including staff, faculty, alumni, students, and guests, are expected to attend. “It’s really a once in a college career kind of a thing,” said ASWC Senate Vice President senior Max Hoversten.
After spending the entire school year planning the event, Concert Committee (CC) is ready for the big evening. “I’m feeling very excited but anxious,” CC Member and first-year Bella Mejos said. “We are constantly making sure every aspect is ready for Friday. I’m very happy that it has finally come around and can’t wait for everyone to see how it turns out.”
WhittFest has been a collaborative effort between the CC, the ASWC Senate, Media Council, and the administration. Bringing T-Pain to the College has taken enormous amounts of time, money, and effort. VPS put together a video in February revealing T-Pain as the headliner.
WC the Rock, the college’s magazine, put out a promotional video on Monday, April 3 featuring two students playing “Sing It Back” with popular songs. The winner had to buy the loser a ticket, like T-Pain sings about buying a drink.
“I think WhittFest itself is a great idea because I’m all about anything that brings the community together,” said sophomore Eryn Wells.
“It’s gonna be lit,” said ASWC President senior Amer Rashid, “I’m really excited. This is an opportunity for our college campus to get together and just do something fun. I think it raisesthe standard that we have for the College’s events.”
The CC has gone to great lengths to promote the concert and generate excitement with events such as the Battle of the Bands competition on March 3 and the alumni mixer at Lift Coffee on March 10. Solo acts and bands from the College community competed in the Battle of the Bands. 7 Planets like Earth won and will open for T-Pain at 7 P.M. Penn alumni DJ Attello won the society alumni DJ competition and will go on at 7:30.
Women’s Water Polo won the athletics challenge and will also have their own section for the concert.
Societies have also played an important role in ticket sales. The Metaphonian society had the most members purchase tickets, winning the society challenge and guaranteeing the group and their guests a special section to view the concert. “It’s going to be so fun. I’m really happy I get to support my society sister Jazmin [Ringgold, CC chair and Met],” said first year Met Miranda Hidalgo.
CC members are already thinking forward to a concert next year. “I know there were some concerns about having WhittFest on the football field because of the setup with the bleachers. I think it’s a good idea, but there have been talks about, maybe, in the future of having it in front of the Science and Learning Center [SLC] in the upper quad,” said sophomore Bryceton Scurr. “I hope to see it evolve over the year.”
Students must purchase tickets prior to the event, as none will be sold at the door. Tickets are available for purchase at the Ruth B. Shannon Center (http://www.shannoncenter.org/).
Students, faculty, and staff must present a valid college ID when purchasing tickets. Alumni must present a valid photo ID, and their names will be checked against records. Student tickets are $15; faculty, staff, and alumni tickets are $20; guest tickets are $25. Students can bring up to four guests with their purchase. No printed tickets will be accepted at WhittFest, so those who buy tickets online must pick them up at the Shannon Center Box Office with valid ID.
Weather predictions for Friday showed chances of rain, but WhittFest will go on regardless of weather conditions, according to information provided by the CC. Parking at the College is expected to be full. Those attending the concert must watch out to make sure they are not parked in residential or unauthorized areas, or they will be towed. Complimentary parking will be provided at St. Mary’s Church and Plymouth Christian School, with a shuttle running to and from the venue. Shuttles begin at 5:30 and end at 10:30 P.M.