Atmosphere to perform at W.I.L.D.

| Senior News Editor

The hip-hop group Atmosphere was announced as the third and final W.I.L.D. artist on Wednesday at midnight on Social Programming Board’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and web pages.

Atmosphere, which consists of rapper Slug and DJ Ant, will begin performing at 8:45 p.m., following Yeasayer and Mat Kearney, as the final act of the concert. The group’s sixth album, “The Family Sign,” debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard 200.

According to Directors Anna Eisenberg and Danielle Adesman, both sophomores, this year’s W.I.L.D. will have a festival feel, with no headliners or openers, in order to provide multiple genres of music and please a variety of students.

Some students were less than enthused by the announcement.

“I didn’t know who they were when I first heard, so I wasn’t super excited. I’ll probably stay for a little bit, but it depends on what my friends want to do,” sophomore Laura Watkins said.

Other students who were already familiar with the duo expressed significant excitement upon hearing the news.

“Oh my gosh, that’s so exciting,” freshman T.J. Lewis said. “Their record ‘When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That S— Gold’ is amazing. Their flow and energy is ridiculous, and I can’t wait to hear their beats live. I’m really hyped.”

“I’ve only heard one or two of their songs, but they’ve been really catchy. I think they’re a good choice because it’ll appeal more to the people that want a more upbeat vibe,” said sophomore Masha Popelyukhina.

In addition to the musical acts, food from Chill Frozen Yogurt and Bon Appetit, as well as beer for students over 21, will be served at the event.

In accordance with SPB’s goal of making W.I.L.D. more of an all-day activity, students will be invited to gather on the South 40 Swamp from 2-5 p.m. before the musical portions of the event begin in Brookings Quadrangle at 5:30 p.m.

“We know how much Wash. U. students appreciate free food, and so to go along with our goal of keeping students safe the day of W.I.L.D., we are putting on an event…in which students can come and ‘chow down’ on food provided by Bon Appetit as well as cupcakes,” Eisenberg said. “We plan to supplement the food with fun activities to continue SPB’s goal of providing students with fun, enjoyable and safe programming.”

SPB has taken additional steps this year to make W.I.L.D. more sustainable by eliminating the use of water bottles and opting to serve boxed water instead. Working alongside the Office of Sustainability, Student Union and the Green Events Commission, several composting and recycling stations will be placed around Brookings Quad and staffed by student volunteers to ensure appropriate use.

Sahil Patel contributed to this report.

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