Students Gear Up for Sun God Revelry

    This year’s Sun God Festival is set to be the biggest and most elaborate of UCSD’s flagship concert yet.

    The lineup, announced May 2, features T.I. and Third Eye Blind headlining with Ozomatli, Ben Kweller, Fifty on Their Heels and UCSD’s “”Battle of the Bands”” winner High Tide opening the night show.

    This year’s lineup was chosen considering input from students through the A.S. Programming Web site as well as a Facebook group set up in winter quarter.

    “”Most students (of course) wanted something impossible like Justin Timberlake, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine, just to name a few,”” Associate Vice President of Programming Di Lam said in an e-mail. “”But surprisingly, T.I. was one of the artists who received more requests than anyone else.””

    Lam said that because Third Eye Blind had around seven recognizable songs, they were also a widely requested band.

    The turnout for Sun God has become so well-known that other schools are attempting to duplicate it.

    Representatives from programming offices from San Diego State University, Washington State University and UC Riverside are all attending to see how Sun God is done, according to Lam.

    The concert’s luster has also attracted a broader audience. About a quarter of the Sun God Facebook group’s comments are from non-UCSD students.

    “”From my travels during my four years in college, I’d have to say that Sun God is always at the top,”” University of La Verne alumnus Ben De Ayora said. “”You can look at the talent from the last four alone to see that UCSD goes all out to make sure that this event is always huge.””

    The concert costs $170,000, meaning that students pay about $7 each, according to Lam.

    T.I., the show’s final performer, is drawing mixed reviews from students.

    “”It seems to me last year they spent more money on the rock act, and more on the hip-hop act this year,”” Earl Warren College sophomore Jessica Fernandez said. “”I don’t really like hip-hop but it’s a fair compromise.””

    However, hip-hop fans show more enthusiasm for T.I.

    “”T.I. will put on a great show and get the crowd going, I am totally bummed that I am missing out,”” Eleanor Roosevelt College junior Katie Clark said.

    Most students see Third Eye Blind as a blast from the past.

    “”I love Third Eye Blind; they remind me of my middle school days,”” Revelle College junior Katie Schaukowitch said.

    However, Sun God is becoming more than just the nighttime acts. This year, events occur all week leading up to Friday’s concert, including a contest for backstage passes, a flash mob and a listening party.

    “”If someone isn’t satisfied with any of the artists, they should come for the experience anyway,”” Lam said. “”Sun God is a community-building event … [T]his is an event that brings together the entire UCSD community and that in itself is reason enough to enjoy this event. If you hate the bands, there’s always next year.””

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