While it’s almost torturous to start thinking about springtime plans when it’s, at press time, a frigid 26 degrees out, Vandy’s already got its student body thinking about which sundresses they’ll be picking out and which collars they’re gonna pop and wear April 11 and 12 on the Alumni Lawn. That’s when and where the university’s annual Rites of Spring festival lands this year.
Though festival-affiliated Vandy folk tweeted references to Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind” as a clue earlier this week, raising hopes of the very unlikely possibility that Jigga might headline (or maybe slightly less unlikely chance that Alicia Keys could top the bill), turns out neither is the case. The university announced the Rites lineup this morning and guess what! 2 CHAAAINZZZZ!
Can y’all say “can’t do it like that with a dick in you”?
Indeed, Hotlanta trap sensation and vocal Young Buck supporter 2 Chainz will rock and crunkify the alumni lawn with bangerz like “Birthday Song” and “R.I.P.” While Vandy kids roof-raising and rapping along to lyrics ‘bout dranking Patron out the bottle and almost killin’ a thug will have a charming irony, the same crowd similarly intoning the words “I’m so high I can’t feel the drugs,” will mostly just be poignantly accurate, amirites?
Rounding out the Rites bill is electro-house mainstay DJ Steve Aoki, who should pair well with Americana up-and-comers Delta Rae, who are also appearing, along with aggressively earnest Buckeye State post-modern pop duo Twenty One Pilots (who rather unfortunately sound like some sort of diabolical conflation of Ben Folds, Macklemore, Mumford & Sons and Blink-182, with a hint of EDM, or something). Meanwhile, the festival undercard features The Mowgli’s, Harper Blynn, MisterWives and local rapper Stix Izza.
Single-day tickets and weekend passes range from $35 to $60 and go on sale next Friday, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m. Check out the festival’s official site for more info. Hopefully it will rain again this year.