Students react to fall WILD lineup

| Senior Editor

Reactions about the fall WILD announcement were varied. In conjunction with the Chancellor Andrew Martin’s inauguration festivities, the Social Programming Board announced A$AP Ferg as the fall WILD headliner, Oct. 3.

Courtesy of Renell Medrano

Some students were pleased by this semester’s lineup. Senior Ari Zimmer said, “A$AP Ferg is pretty cool. I’m a fan of ASAP Mob, but the other [artists] kind of make sense for Wash. U… I’m pretty happy that we got A$AP Ferg.”

“I’m a fan of that artist [A$AP Ferg],” junior Nithya Chennupati said. “Compared to previous artists, I’m really excited for WILD. Especially since the let down of T-Pain last semester.”

Chennupati was not the only student who addressed the previous semester’s last-minute announcement that headliner T-Pain would no longer be in the lineup for WILD due to mandatory vocal rest.

The last-minute change last semester left some students concerned about the upcoming WILD performance.

“When I found out that he was the one,” senior Brenton Graham said, “I was a little happier, because it wasn’t a basic artist, but I’m also skeptical about the turnout…We expected T-Pain, T-Pain quit, so I’m wondering what’s going to happen with this one, because whenever Wash. U. gets good artists, they also fall through somehow, so we’re going to see.”

Graham also mentioned how, regardless of this skepticism regarding the finality of the lineup, he does not really listen to A$AP Ferg, and he was not alone in his this.

“I really only know one song by him so it’s kind of ambivalent,” senior Katherine King said. “I was kind of hoping it’d be someone a little more mainstream, or someone other than a one-hit-wonder type person. But I like Kiiara, too, so I’m glad they’re getting a few more names out there.”

Some students seemed to have more mixed opinions on the selection.

“I don’t think I would go by myself to go see him, but it would be a fun WILD artist,” senior Sarah Perlin said.

Senior Jack Frischer saw both an upside and a downside to the WILD selection.

“I think that’s [the selection of A$AP Ferg and Kiiara] is a good balance, instead of just leaning on one person,” Frischer said. “But I would say that I think I was excited for a few other artists that were possibly featured.”

“[I feel] excited for A$AP Ferg to come because it has been a while since we have had an artist with songs that are still currently popular come to WILD,” junior Whitney Thomas said. “I think that he will bring a new energy to campus that I have not seen in a while.”

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