Staff Predictions: Movin’ On 2023 Headliner

With the spring semester slowly winding down, it means we’re getting that much closer to one of the most anticipated events of the school year: Movin On’. The annual music festival takes place on the last day of classes at the IM Fields and is one of the more popular events at Penn State.

The lineup should be revealed soon, as last year, we found out who’s performing on March 23 when the organization announced Jack Harlow as its 2022 headliner. So, some of our staffers made their picks for who will headline Movin’ On 2023.

Rico Gore: LANY

My prediction is a band that I would say roughly 35% of people know. The group isn’t that big, but it cranks out some bangers like “Malibu Nights” and “ILYSB.” If I am being honest, I don’t know how a Penn State crowd of (possibly intoxicated) students would receive their music. Nonetheless, I think that LANY is a solid group that is perfect for Movin’ On 2023.

Evan Halfen: The All-American Rejects

With timeless hits like “Dirty Little Secret,” “Gives You Hell,” and “My Paper Heart,” this alternative rock band would be a perfect fit and would surely make the crowd at the IM Fields “Move Along.” The band’s energetic music would definitely make the vibes at this year’s Movin’ On immaculate.

Although the Rejects’ most popular songs are from the early 2000s, that doesn’t change the fact that their music is loved by many college-aged people and is still played to this day. Plus, the band will be on tour towards the end of spring, so why not make a pit stop in Happy Valley?

Lizzie Palmieri: Big Time Rush

After an upset at THON 2023 that shattered my childhood dreams, I would give anything to see Big Time Rush as the headliner for Movin’ On. For those of you who did not sleep under a BTR blanket from the age of nine, One Direction Big Time Rush is THE boy band of the 2010s. Kendall Schmidt, Logan Henderson, James Maslow, and Carlos PenaVega make up the iconic group and acted on the Nickelodeon show of the same name. While the band broke up in 2013, the group recently began touring again with the release of its 2021 single, “Call It Like I See It.”

Considering how these four shaped the musical taste of our generation, they would bring the perfect mix of modern flair and classic nostalgia to the fields of Movin’ On. From “Boyfriend” to “Nothing Even Matters,” the Gen-Z crowd can quote every word at this point and would enjoy the blast from the past. The band can also bring back the honored tradition of the Worldwide Girl by bringing a lucky Penn Stater onstage for an acoustic serenade of “Worldwide” … cough, cough. Jokes aside, BTR is the perfect choice for Movin’ On, so Logan, Carlos, Kendall, and James, please prove that Penn State can “Count On You” this time.

Ava Brendgord: Olivia Rodrigo

I think Olivia Rodrigo would be a great candidate to headline Movin’ On. Her career is taking off, and with her debut album, “Sour,” she definitely has a set list that every student can rock out to. Since she only has one album, I think she’s the perfect artist to bring to Penn State.

Haylee Yocum: Reneé Rapp

I think it’s time for some girl power. I went back to 2010, and not one year had a woman as the headliner of Movin’ On. North Carolina native Reneé Rapp is both an actress and a singer. After a successful theater career in high school, Rapp was cast in the Broadway adaptation of Mean Girls as Regina George and will star in the movie’s musical version of the story.

In between all of this, she also finds time to star as Leighton on HBO’s popular show “The Sex Lives of College Girls,” not to mention that she’s released an EP that spawned a viral TikTok song, “Too Well.” What I’m saying here is that chances are, you’ve seen Reneé Rapp on your TV screen, on stage, or heard her voice through your headphones. I think her music is the perfect combination of upbeat while also reflecting a lot of the feelings that college students experience — and what’s better than screaming some hard-hitting lyrics?

Colleen Nersten: Jack Johnson

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Jack Johnson is the guy for Movin’ On. He’s the definition of a chill dude! Even if you don’t know Johnson, you know his songs. Ever heard of “I Got You,” “Banana Pancakes,” “Better Together,” and Curious George bop “Upside Down”? The answer is yes, you have.

His music is a little slow to be the headliner, but everyone will still be happy. He’s popular and liked but not so ~A-list~ that he’d cost a ridiculous amount to come, I imagine.

Gabe Angieri: Big Time Rush

I’m still mad Big Time Rush wasn’t the surprise performer at THON 2023. I had the post written already and ready to go, to be honest. I need redemption.

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