Burna Boy, Young the Giant, Gunna and DaBaby will headline the Student Association’s 2019 Fall Fest Concert Series.
The Student Association e-board announced the lineup at 12 p.m. in the Student Union Wednesday. The series will include three separate shows throughout the semester, each concert showcasing a different genre.
Burna Boy will headline the Sept. 14 Afro-Carribean show, with support from openers Kranium and Koffee. Young the Giant will return to UB on Oct. 12 for an indie-rock showcase, with supporting acts to be announced. The final Nov. 8 concert will feature co-headliners and trap newcomers Gunna and DaBaby –– both members of XXL’s 2019 freshman class.
SA did not announced venue and ticketing information, as of Wednesday afternoon.
The 2019 series marks the second consecutive year Fall Fest has been split into three different shows. All artists are new to a UB fest, except Young the Giant, with this fest marking the group’s second time performing at UB after Spring Fest 2015.
Students anxiously awaited the announcement in SU on Wednesday.
Sophomores Osayuwame Osaigbovo and Iyobosa Ekhator, and junior MaTeenah Ige excitedly discussed their hopes for the lineup before the reveal.
“I think it’s gonna be Burna Boy. I pray to God it’s gonna be Burna Boy. I’ve learned all the songs of the albums and it has to be Burna Boy,” the group said.
“I pray it’s A Boogie again and PnB Rock,” another chimed in.
The trio was ecstatic during the announcement, with their excited screams taking over SU.
SA President Yousouf Amolegbe was glad to hear it.
“I think the students loved it, I heard a lot of screaming,” Amolegbe said.
Amolegbe said DaBaby was the student body’s top choice on the SA Entertainment Survey, and Burna Boy –– who recently dropped his fourth record “African Giant” in July –– was the top choice for international artist.
Last year’s Fall Fest Concert Series saw a turnout of roughly 400 students at the first show, 600 at the second and 733 at the last show, while their venue, the Center for the Arts, had a capacity of roughly 1,700 people.
But Amolegbe has high hopes for this year’s turnout.
“I’m happy with how the audience reacted,” Amolegbe said. “I’m very excited for the show. I think we’re going to have a very good turnout this year.”
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Julianna Tracey is a freshman music theater and history double major. She’s excited to explore all that the Buffalo arts scene has to offer.