FYG U Music + Tech Festival, according to media company Big Noise, is “a national festival and digital platform connecting college students with their favorite music artists, lifestyle passions and brands.” This past Thursday, it was hosted by MU on Carnahan Quad, boasting a live music battle between local artists, as well as performances by Souly Had, Supa Dupa Humble, Luh Kel, DaniLeigh and Trippie Redd. Tickets to the sold-out show were free and only available to college students.
The event was a hit, with lines forming to enter the venue as early as 4:30 p.m. Students who had Amazon Prime memberships were allowed special privileges, like skipping the long line to enter the festival. They were also allowed entrance into an Amazon Prime section of the crowd that was closer to the stage and less crowded than the general admission section. TikTok, one of the event’s sponsors, made a special appearance to interview students and give their TikTok accounts shout-outs.
The show began at 5:00 p.m. with a live music battle between local musical artists Post Sex Nachos, Lil Chase, Zeke and Abby Kimball. The winners of the contest were determined by a panel of judges. Post Sex Nachos won the competition and received a $600 Amazon gift card.
By the time Trippie Redd took the stage at 9:45 p.m., the venue was bursting at the seams with excited students ready to let loose. They screamed, sang, danced and jumped non-stop. The energy in the crowd was insane — causing a mosh pit to form.
The festivities didn’t stop at the stage, however. There were multiple tents and vendors positioned around the back of Carnahan Quad offering food and TikTok swag.
“My favorite part had to be the free, build-your-own snow cones,” freshman Kelly Wink said.
Students are hopeful that events like this will continue to be held at MU in the future. It was clear by the size of the students’ smiles and the craziness of their dance moves that the festival was a blast, and that it helped to take their minds off of the stress of the week.
“I think events like this definitely improve the Mizzou experience,” freshman Cade Miskimen said. “Especially because it’s free.”
Edited by Janae McKenzie | firstname.lastname@example.org