UMD Students Weigh In on Art Attack Performances

(Julia Heimlich- Pulsefeedz)

When SEE (Student Entertainment Events) announced T-Pain and Lil Dicky as the headliners for Art Attack XXXIII, UMD Twitter erupted.

But as the concert date drew closer, there were a lot less of these types of tweets:

Now that Art Attack is over, it’s time to see if students feel like UMD came up short.

“I honestly went mostly for Lil Dicky and his set was kind of underwhelming,” said senior sociology major Anthony Saliero. “I figured he would go a little longer. T-Pain was the headliner but it seemed like Dicky wasn’t up there for very long.”

Dicky was on stage for about an hour. After starting his performance at 7:50, I looked at my phone when he was done and it was 8:45. The crowd seemed fairly split on Dicky. While some people like Saliero came out for him, others were like this:

Following Dicky’s departure, students then waited around 25 minutes for fashionably late appearance from T-Pain.

“T-Pain was better than I expected and everyone seemed to be enjoying him,” said junior criminal justice major Rohin Bose. “I liked how he kept switching up the songs constantly and not really letting anyone take a breath.”

However, things seemed to slow down after T-Pain brought out UMD basketball players for a “record breaking running man challenge.”

Students didn’t seem worried as if they were going to miss anything after the running man. You could slowly see the bowl seats become more empty, and even the floor got slightly less crowded. More people may have stayed if they decided to attempt the challenge last.

The one performance that stood out to many was UMD Hip-Hop Orchestra.

“The Hip-Hop orchestra was really something new I’ve never heard before,” said sophomore business major Matt DeSouza. “Live music like that is great because it can make you respect something new that you might not have known about if you didn’t go.”

Although they didn’t have as big of a crowd as T-Pain and Lil Dicky, many students that saw the Hip-Hop orchestra seemed to be vibing to their sound. Maryland’s very own talent may have been the most impressive performance Art Attack offered this year.

It’s impossible to cater to a campus of 27,000 undergrad students. But it’s clear that Maryland students aren’t fully satisfied with Art Attack in the last several years.

It does seem like UMD should have the ability to bring in some bigger, more current names based on it’s sheer size and reputation. Nothing against T-Pain (big fan), but barring an unbelievable comeback, he has peaked. Here’s to hoping that SEE expands their budget in the coming years, so less Maryland students choose to save dat money on Art Attack.