Staff Picks: Movin’ On 2021’s Headliner

Movin’ On is ready to tackle the virtual stage this year. The student-run music festival announced last week that it would be switching to an online format this year amid the pandemic.

The show’s lineup is still under wraps, but that’s not stopping us from guessing who might be featured in it. Naturally, a few of our staffers weighed in with their own picks:

Dana Nunemacher: Taylor Swift

Maybe Taylor missed my plea back in February for her to virtually play at THON 2021 because she was working on dropping Fearless (Taylor’s Version). Now that the album has dropped and I have relived my heartbreak as an 8-year-old, it is a perfect time for Taylor to make a stop in Happy Valley.

Taylor, if you are reading this, PLEASE play for Movin’ On. You are a Pennsylvania native! I promise you won’t find a better, more loving crowd than the students here at Penn State.

Larkin Richards: Cody Ko

Although Cody Ko was a guest with SPA this January, this does not take away from his and Noel Miller’s hit group “Tiny Meat Gang.” Cody Ko is welcome here no matter how many times he has made an appearance. TMG has some pretty insane songs, I am not gonna lie. But come on. Imagine them performing hit songs and making Movin’ On one of their prioritized performances?

Even better, Movin’ On would not only feature some music but a really cool show in general. Why not mix it up, you know? I have never experienced Movin’ On, but if Cody Ko and Noel Miller were a headliner, I would be there instantly. TMG has never let us down, so I can only assume if they were our headliner, it would be the time of my life.

Alysa Rubin: The Blue Band

Forget other musical acts. I miss the Blue Band and would give almost anything to vibe out to some Penn State classics. There really aren’t better jams than “Fight On State” or “Rock and Roll,” and I miss the feeling of yelling out these songs along with 107,000 other folks in Beaver Stadium.

After all, there’s nothing like scream-singing the Alma Mater after a long game, side by side with your best friends.

Ryen Gailey: Young The Giant

My pick for the headliner of Movin On’ would be Young The Giant. Although the rock band hasn’t released new music since 2018, the group is celebrating the 10th year anniversary of its debut self-titled album this year.

I think Young The Giant is an exciting choice. It’s a big enough name that people would recognize but also a realistic choice that Movin On’ could bring to Penn State. The band has the same vibe and notoriety in my mind as Foster The People, which was set to headline Movin On’ 2020 last year before it was canceled.

Will Pegler: The Jonas Brothers

It’s been too long, and Penn State needs a morale boost. Come back and party (responsibly) with us…please?

Mikey Mandarino | Onward State

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