FallFest Brings 5,600 Attendees

    Kevin Wu / Guardian

    Over 5,600 attendees gathered for the annual FallFest concert, which featured performances from Big Boi, Mutemath and N.A.S.A. at the Warren Field.

    According to Associate Vice President of Concerts and Events Brian Wong, this number is about 1,000 fewer attendees than last year, when a record-breaking 6,300 attendees were at the event. Additionally, A.S. Concerts and Events Marketing Director Willa Lim said this is the second largest turnout for the festival.

    Kevin Wu / Guardian

    N.A.S.A. opened with a deejay set to an almost non-existent crowd. People started trickling in as rockers Mutemath took the stage.

    Waves of approval came from the crowd as lead singer Paul Meany climbed and jumped off a stage scaffold.

    Headliner Big Boi ‘s performance comes 3 months after the release of his solo debut CD Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty was released. Although his set consisted mostly of songs off of this album, he played some Outkast classics such as “ATLiens.”

    “I thought Big Boi was more current,” Wong said. “Students felt a better connection with him.”

    Kevin Wu / Guardian

    According to Wong, the extended periods of silence between sets was one of the major complaints coming from last year’s concert.

    According to both Wong and Lim, the night went very smoothly with few small alcohol-related citations.

    “The only con I have was that it was a little bit misty outside,” Wong said. “Other than that it was superb.”

    Kevin Wu / Guardian

    Despite the smaller turnout, A.S. Council’s executive budget for this event was $153,000, in comparison to last year’s $90,000.

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