The line-up for Revelry 2015 has arrived.
Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment will headline the third annual Revelry Music and Arts Festival, in addition to The Chainsmokers and AlunaGeorge, Revelry Music and Arts Festival Committee organizers confirmed Sunday. Until the Ribbon Breaks, Mick Jenkins and Nick Hakim will also perform. Other acts will be announced closer to the festival.
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Revelry is scheduled for Saturday, May 2 from noon to 10 p.m. Tickets purchased between March 16 and March 22 are $5 for students, $25 for non-students; tickets purchased between March 22 and May 1 $10 for students, $30 for non-students; and day-of tickets will be $15 for students and $35 for non-students.
The festival will feature two stages. The main stage, which will be bigger than past years, will be on Library Mall; the back will align with Langdon Street, the area between Memorial Union and the Wisconsin Historical Society left open for general admission viewing, according to the press kit.
The portion of Library Mall dedicated to general viewing will comfortably house around 10,000 patrons, Revelry Music and Arts Festival Committee Marketing Director Ronan Daly said. Langdon Street held roughly 6,900 in 2014, and roughly 2,100 at Union South in the festival’s inaugural year, he said.
The second stage will be on the Memorial Union terrace. This terrace stage will complement the acts on the main stage — if the main stage features rap, the terrace may feature rock as a contrast — and will include more family-oriented, local acts, Daly said.
“Throughout our event, we [will] showcase local and student music and artistic groups, providing an outlet for these acts to perform,” a mission statement from the Revelry Committee said.
Parts of Library Mall, between general admission viewing and University Club, will also house art installations, a silent disco and various sponsors. State Street mall will also have eight to 10 food carts, Daly said.
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Sponsors are intended to enhance and broaden patrons’ experiences, Daly said. For example, transportation service Uber will provide free rides to concertgoers, he said.
There will also be a lounge area on Library Mall intended as a picnic spot for patrons to relax and eat, Daly said.
“[Revelry] is the largest student-run event on this campus, and as such strives to uphold student representation, campus involvement, and a rich display of what it means to be a student on this campus,” according to the mission statement.
The expansion of festival grounds is one of the new initiatives for Revelry — symbolized by the re-design of their logo — in addition to student involvement and community-orientation, Daly said.
Student interaction and community engagement was emphasized from the start. The line-up booking process began in October 2014 when an open survey was sent out to the student body, asking for acts people would like to see at the festival, Daly said. Based on the responses, Frank Productions worked in conjunction with the Revelry committee to look for appropriate acts, planning around tours and other constraints.
“One thing we really value ourselves on is having a diverse range of acts,” Daly said. “We have a bunch of different genres. [When booking] we wanted to see who’s relevant, who puts material out before the festival.”
The majority of Revelry’s funding (25.7 percent) came from the Wisconsin Union, according to the press kit. Wisconsin Union Directorate and Innovative Fund both funded 18.3 percent, Memorial Union Building Association funded 14.7 percent and the chancellor funded 7.3 percent. Sponsors including University of Wisconsin housing, Division of Student Life and City of Madison contributed to the remainder of the budget.
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