Hippos on campus? Indie Rock Band Headline Fall Lawnparties


The fall 2022 lawnparties will feature Twin Cities indie rock outfit Hippo Campus as the headliner, according to an email sent to students from the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Social Committee on Tuesday, August 23.

The show is due to take place on the Frist North Lawn on Sunday, September 11 at 4:00 p.m., the first weekend after classes start, marking the first time the event has taken place so close to the start of the semester. since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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USG social chair Madison Linton ’24 told the Daily Princetonian that the social committee chose ‘to try a new style of music for the headliner as opposed to typical rap’ after reviewing responses students to recent Lawnparty feedback surveys distributed by USG.

Hippo Campus is a five-part band consisting of vocalists and guitarists Jake Luppen and Nathan Stocker, drummer Whistler Allen, bassist Zach Sutton and trumpeter DeCarlo Jackson. The five have been friends since college and released their first EP, shy creaturesin 2015. The group has amassed over 2.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify, and they earned No. 6 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart last February after releasing their third studio album, LP3.

The band once appeared on Conan O’Brien’s late night show Conan and in festival lineups in the US and UK, including New York’s Governors Ball in 2019, Chicago’s Lollapalooza in 2017, and England’s Reading and Leeds festivals in 2018. This spring, soon after the exit of LP3the band embarked on a North American tour, playing venues such as Brooklyn Steel, 9:30 Club in Washington, DC and House of Blues in Boston.

Last fall, USG faced criticism after booking alt-rock band LANY as headliners for Lawnparties, as students pushed back against a band whose lead singer was accused in line of inappropriate conduct. USG ultimately opted to scrap the act, citing these student concerns, and replaced the group with A$AP Ferg just two days before the event.

Hippo Campus has performed to college audiences before, including as a student band in the University of Minnesota’s Battle of the Bands in 2014, opening for award-winning rapper Mac Miller. Most recently, they performed a virtual concert amid the COVID-19 pandemic for Michigan State University students in January 2021.

Frequently labeled as a group of “independent lovers,” the members of Hippo Campus have spoken in interviews about toxic masculinity and discussed the importance of setting a positive example for fans in an industry plagued by allegations of abuse. aggression and abuse.

“We can be one of the few bands that can provide a safe space for these young girls,” singer Luppen said in an interview with Atwood magazine. The frontman also spoke with Billboard about his queer identity and his support for Britney Spears.

With a predominantly female fan base, the group has often signaled their support for militant groups and causes. “Buttercup”, the final single from Hippo Campus’ debut album Markreportedly “became an unintended militant anthem” when played over loudspeakers at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. in 2018. The group has partnered with organizations such as the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, Planned Parenthood, and Everytown for Gun Safety.

Hippo Campus will take to the Lawnparties stage around 4 p.m., completing a day of festivities that typically include activities along Prospect Avenue, free food, food club debauchery and large group photos in the Liberty Fountain , known to most campuses as the Fountain SPIA.

Student performer Villanelle, formerly known as Sam Spector Music, is set to open the event. Villanelle will take the stage at 3:00 p.m.

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Sam Spector ’24 describes Villanelle as a “solo project” with “regular live band members” performing with her. She said the group has been preparing since they heard the news last week.

“[We] wrote and recorded a lot of new music over the summer and I’m just insanely excited to share it with everyone!” she wrote in a message to the ‘Prince.’

“On a personal note, I’m a big fan of Hippo Campus, so this is totally a dream come true for me,” she said. ” I can not wait ! It’s going to be a good one!”

Villanelle is set to take the stage as the student opener for the Fall 2022 Lawnparties.
Courtesy of Sam Spector ’24

This fall will mark the second consecutive Lawnparties where the headliner will be staged on the lawn in front of the Frist Campus Center. Spring headliner rapper Flo Milli performed there as ongoing campus construction left the traditional venue, the Quadrangle Club’s backyard, unviable.

Linton told the ‘Prince’ that Frist North Lawn ‘seems like the safest option’ given student injury cases in the fall of 2021, when A$AP Ferg performed to a rowdy crowd behind Quad, the former host of the event.

Carrington Johnson ’24, a student dancer with Flo Milli’s spring show, said she thought “the new venue was definitely a good move.” She told the ‘Prince’ that from the stage she could see that while the venue by no means felt empty, there was enough space for ‘everyone to be comfortable where they are. was”.

Linton also shared that the USG Social Committee is working to make more food available to students throughout the day and to make Lawnparties more environmentally friendly.

Guest tickets for the concert will also go on sale at a later date.

Hippo Campus is set to tour again in the fall, with their Lawnparties performance set between shows in Quincy, Mass. on August 20 and Norfolk, Virginia on September 30.

The band’s management did not respond to a request for comment from the “Prince” at the time of publication.

This story is breaking and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Annie Rupertus is a sophomore from Philadelphia and an editor who covers USG for the “Prince.” She can be reached at [email protected] or @annierupertus on Instagram and Twitter.

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