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KYLE & 3OH!3 Light Up The Stage During SPA’s ‘LightsUP’ Festival

KYLE and 3OH!3 wrapped up Sylly Week during LightsUP, an annual free concert held by the Student Programming Association (SPA) on the HUB Lawn. 

Nathaniel Motte and Sean Foreman of 3OH!3 kicked off the festivities as the opening act. The electronic duo from Boulder, Colorado, broke out in the late 2000s with hits such as “DONTTRUSTME” and “My First Kiss.”

Motte and Foreman started off strong with “Starstrukk” from their second album, “Want.” 

Foreman got the crowd going with a “Y’all ready to fuckin’ party or what?” before shouting out everyone who participated in Saturday’s bar crawl. 

The duo then took a tour of its back catalog, performing songs such as “Touchin’ On My,” “Colorado Sunrise,” and “Punk Bitch.”

Midway through the set, Foreman riffed, “We just went to Sheetz, how many of y’all fuck with Sheetz?” before freestyling slightly unsettling tributes to the gas station eatery and its competitor, Wawa. 

After performing one of its more recent singles, “LONELY MACHINES,” the pair stopped to celebrate Foreman’s 37th birthday before closing the set with their biggest hits. People who had been hanging around the back of the lawn streamed toward the stage to dance along to “My First Kiss” and “DONTTRUSTME.” 

The Nittany Lion appeared soon after to hype up the crowd for the main event, leading a “We Are” chant. 

Forty minutes and a DJ set later, KYLE skipped on stage in front of the strobe lights. The Ventura, California, native brought his trademark energy with him, rocking a gray t-shirt and dyed-blonde hair as he performed “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love,” a psychedelic throwback from his 2015 mixtape, “Smyle.” 

KYLE kept the momentum going with “Really? Yeah!,” “Sex & Super Smash Bros.,” and “Playinwitme.”

A tasteful mixture of beach balls and inflated condoms bounced with the crowd during “YES!” along with liberal usage of the air horn on stage. 

“Moments like right now, with people you know and love, should not be taken for granted,” KYLE told the audience. 

As the set wound down, the crowd started chanting for “iSPY,” KYLE’s biggest hit.

“You know, this is always when this happens,” he responded slyly before giving the crowd what it wanted. 

For his last trick of the night, KYLE hopped into the crowd, reappearing on a surfboard and sending his fans home happy.

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