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Movin’ On Grows Older, More Mysterious

Oh Movin’ On, you’re so mysterious. Every year I wait and anticipate what kind of crazy musician you’ll rope into a weekend at Penn State and every year I’m delighted. Not by the performances themselves, but the sheer appreciation for music. Passion Pit, Nelly, Big Sean, and now… a bowl of soup?

I hope an actual bowl of soup is set on stage and left for three hours, but that won’t happen. The only thing left to do is predict who will be our “bowl of soup” this year, as I will now forever nickname Movin’ On performers as “bowls of soup.”

The Obvious

Bowling for Soup comes to mind immediately because it’s… well yeah, it’s a literal bowl of soup. Bowling for Soup went on a farewell tour in 2013 before going on their How About Another Round tour in 2016. Maybe they’re finally ready to get Movin’ On in 2018.

The cynic in me won’t let that be the end of it though. Another option is the band Soup. Those Norwegians formed Soup in 2004 as a post rock band and have made six albums since then. They’ve made music as recently as 2017’s Remedies, so they’re very much still in the game. Perhaps better, Movin’ On will invite both bands to a blind soup tasting on stage and the winner is declared Movin’ On’s headliner.

Reading Between the Soup

If you want to be really obnoxious about something, hide clues for someone in alphabet soup. Looking through the letters Movin’ On decided to include (assuming it was a conscious effort and not just the person’s favorite letters) doesn’t give away too much — at least not to an untrained eye because I’m sure the person who made this knows exactly what it gives away.

One word I can spell is “mac.” Perhaps Mac Miller, perhaps this guy singing this song. “Cage” is also another word in the proverbial writing in the soup. Cage the Elephant, maybe? They’ll be in New Orleans for a concert on May 5, and with Movin’ On happening April 27 this year they could certainly make it work.

What’s Really Clear

I’d prefer none of the artists I’ve hypothesized come to Movin’ On, but one more name can be found in the soup — Jeb. Let’s hope he shows up and asks us to clap.

More Clues

Movin’ On also tweeted another so-called “clue” to unlocking the lineup that just features three nondescript figures. Yeah, they have no faces.

For the first two, let’s just go big or go home. How about Chance the Rapper and Taylor Swift? That would be a Movin’ On for the Class of 2018 to remember. As for the final figure, a quick Google search of “guy in band wearing headband” let me to a whole lot of athletes and Ashton Irwin, the drummer of 5 Seconds of Summer. Movin’ On has generally had a few throwback artists in the mix, so it’s basically impossible to try guessing on looks alone, even if you use the Billboard or Spotify charts for guidance.

Movin’ On hasn’t yet said when it’ll announce this year’s acts, but last year the organization made its announcement on March 1 — the Wednesday before spring break. Until this year’s acts are announced, you can probably expect more clues to #UnlockTheLineup.


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James Turchick

James is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism, James enjoys writing about anything weird and is deadly allergic to bees. Onward State people are very nice to him.

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