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Your Guide To Movin’ On 2015

Hey, have you heard? Penn State’s annual spring music festival is today, and you should probably go to it. Oh wait, sorry. I messed up. Penn State’s free annual spring music festival is today. That’s right. It’s free for everyone. With a stacked lineup headlined by the popular indie-electronic alternative rock band Passion Pit, get ready to dance when it and others take the stage this afternoon. It’s a perfect end-of-class celebration that will get you ready and pumped for summer break.

It’s a daylong festival, so there will be all sorts of delicious and unhealthy foods for people to eat. Look for the usual Snyder’s concession stands that appear at football games to satisfy your hunger. Movin’ On wants you to stay the whole time and will provide the means to do so. Keep an eye out for the awesome merchandise as well. I’m personally a sucker for awesome band t-shirts, so don’t feel ashamed to purchase a souvenir to remind yourself of your time spent at Movin’ On. Other activities include a balloon artist, caricaturist, and temporary tattoo guy — all interesting additions that will give alternative options for people to keep busy while waiting for the acts to start.

Bags are allowed and I do recommend packing some water, snacks (unless you plan on spending money), and maybe a light jacket because weather may be an issue. But the most important thing, as cliché as it may sound, is to bring a good attitude. You’ll be surrounded by awesome people all united by music, which is always one of the best scenarios in which to be found. Enjoy yourself and have fun.

Here’s your guide to enjoying what should end up as an incredible day of music.


The Opener:

Mute Cities — B Stage (3:30 p.m.)

Photo: Mute Cities Facebook
Photo: Mute Cities Facebook

Mute Cities, a local State College band, earned the rights to perform at Movin’ On by taking home the Battle of Bands 2015 crown. Using creative synths mixed with awesome guitar and drum play combined with clean vocals, this group of Penn State students is not to be slept on. With a sort of Two Door Cinema Club feel, it’s the perfect band to start off the day. Mute Cities will bring a ridiculous amount of energy and get the whole crowd excited for what’s to come. Check out its newest EP, Strong Work, right here:

The Buildup:

Atmosphere — B Stage (4:15 p.m.)

Photo: BlueG Productions
Photo: BlueG Productions

Next up is the energetic rap duo Atmosphere. I’ve seen them before live at another music festival and they didn’t fail to disappoint. A throwback for most, its music is timeless, and the group’s just as good now as it was back in 1998 when it put out its first album. Adding the first flavor of hip hop to Movin’ On, look for Atmosphere to deliver with hits like “The Woman with the Tattooed Hands,” “Kanye West,” and “The Best Day.” Those that know the words will have a great time rapping along, and if you’re a new fan, I’m sure you’ll catch on quickly. Atmosphere will definitely set the tone and will give people that itch for hip-hop that a certain artist will make sure to scratch later that night.

New Politics — Main Stage (5:15 p.m.)

Photo: New Politics Facebook
Photo: New Politics Facebook

Following Atmosphere is New Politics, ready to roll out armed and ready. This Danish alternative rock band combines pop punk and indie electric sound to create almost a new genre altogether. Gaining popularity around the same time as bands like Walk the Moon and Neon Trees, its music is made for people to dance and sing along. Its hits like “Harlem” and “Tonight You’re Perfect” are a great fit for this time slot. 5:15 is right when the crowd will be hitting hard, so look for the fun and excitement to really start to build once New Politics hits the stage.

The Eye of the Storm:

Big Gigantic — Main Stage (6:30 p.m.)

Photo: Live Edits Lab
Photo: Live Edits Lab

Get ready to rave. Big Gigantic is the closest we will ever get to an EDM performance at Movin’ On. It’ll bring its live instrumentation with electronic bass drops. The duo from Boulder, CO will really get the party started. Known for its live performances, even people who aren’t familiar with its music will have a great time watching Big Gigantic perform. A good comparison would be Girl Talk, only instead of just mashups it includes its own live music, which includes a saxophone and drums. With an amazing light show accompanying the music, its show will give off a very Pretty Lights type of vibe. I wouldn’t be surprised if Big Gigantic is a lot of people’s favorite performance after all is said and done.

Big Sean — Main Stage (8 p.m.)

Photo: Big Sean Facebook
Photo: Big Sean Facebook

Here’s who many will be waiting for: Big Sean, the heir to G.O.O.D. Music, will kick off primetime for Movin’ On. Just coming off the release of his newest album, Dark Sky Paradise, Sean Don is looking to project some of his biggest hits on to the Penn State crowd Friday evening. With fire tracks like “I Don’t Fuck With You” and “All Your Fault,” Kanye West’s right hand man will not disappoint. If he brings out his “Mercy” verse, Lot 12 could possibly combust in an explosion of hip-hop. Sean will bring plenty of charisma to the stage and those looking to see him up close better show up early, because he is definitely one of the most popular acts this year. Grab your Jesus Piece and get ready to bump to some mad real beats when 8 o’clock rolls around.

The Headliner:

Passion Pit — Main Stage (9:30 p.m.) 

Photo: Andy Barron
Photo: Andy Barron

Ah, we’re finally here. The main event. Passion Pit comes to play at perhaps the perfect spot. I’ve seen Passion Pit perform twice, once inside and once outside, and I can honestly say it will kill it as the headliner. In an outdoor, intimate atmosphere, its personal sound along with the upbeat vibe of its music will give the crowd the perfect performance to close the night. Its light show will brighten the night sky and the indie electric sound will make it impossible for people to not dance.  It will come with old favorites like “Sleepyhead” and “Little Secrets” but will also be armed with new material coming off its just-released album, Kindred. Look for fresh new songs like “Five Foot Ten (I)” and “Lifted Up (1985)” to bring a new sound to its live performances. The lead singer of Passion Pit, Michael Angelakos, has ridiculous talent. His signature falsetto voice is even better live than it is recorded. Many may think it’s fake, adjusted by technology, but they’ll soon learn his voice is naturally that unique. If you are looking to be close, make sure you come extra early and try to make a hard charge after Big Sean performs. Get ready to be blown away.

Movin’ On is a great experience and it’s highly recommended Penn State students go. In fact, it’s highly recommended everyone goes. It’s a great opportunity to see some of the best music in the world, and there is simply nothing better than live music. The next level performances create a sense of spiritual enlightenment for the viewer unlike anything in the world. The mix of pure happiness and the irreplaceable social experience of live concerts combine to create an environment of perfect mental and physical ease. This is what Movin’ On is at it’s core. And did I mention it’s free?


Photo: Penn State

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About the Author

Ben Rappaport

is a junior English and Journalism major at Penn State. He loves spending way too much money on concerts and music festivals. Ben can usually be found walking around campus listening to Kanye West. A fun fact about him is he once was resuscitated from unconsciousness by Pusha T's verse on the song "Mercy." Feel free to contact him at [email protected] or follow him on twitter at @Benrappp.

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