KNWD plans DemonFest for 2017

Washington D.C.-based rapper Wale headlined DemonFest 2016. Photo by: Karalee Scouten

Washington D.C.-based rapper Wale headlined DemonFest 2016. Photo by: Karalee Scouten

CHRISTINA ARRECHAVALA
Reporter

DemonFest 2017 is coming up fast and KNWD General Manager Courtney Page said that this year will be bigger and better than students have seen in the past.

The festival is set to take place on April 21. KNWD staff and the SAB Concert Committee began working on the logistics as early as August. Everything at the festival, from food vendors to musicians, is carefully deliberated by these students.

Page has worked on DemonFest for years, but this is the first one she is in charge of organizing.

“I have been through three so far, so I feel confident to know what works and what does not,” Page said. “We really want to make it more for the students.”

Page works closely with staff members Brett Stephens and Candice Richardson to plan every detail of the festival and to confirm vendors and artists.

A used record store, vintage clothing shop and vintage jewelry store are set to have booths at DemonFest and more possibilities are in the works.

KNWD News Director Shania Dauterive worked DemonFest last year and has come to appreciate the effort that goes into making the festival run.

“It took a LOT of hard work, dedication and a lot of sweat,” Dauterive said. “But when the headliner got up and performed, I literally, not even joking, cried tears of joy…it made me feel accomplished.”

Washington D.C.-based rapper Wale headlined DemonFest 2016. Photo by: Karalee Scouten

Washington D.C.-based rapper Wale headlined DemonFest 2016. Photo by: Karalee Scouten

Last year’s headliner, Wale, brought in a large crowd of students. The headliner for this year is still in discussion and will not be released until at least the end of February.

Promos and giveaways are expected to start soon, as well as the release of the official DemonFest poster with all the confirmed artists.

Glendalyn Boothe, a sophomore on the Pre-Med track at the Scholars’ College, went to her first DemonFest last year and said she looks forward to what changes are coming.

“I love DemonFest, and I’m glad it seems to be growing larger and larger each year,” Boothe said. “I still listen to some of the bands that have played in the past, and I will definitely be going this year.”

The full KNWD staff will oversee making DemonFest happen again, but cannot do so without help. Volunteers are needed for set-up and tear-down of the festival. Those interested in volunteering can look for info in student messenger or can volunteer in the KNWD studio in Kyser.

“It’s going to be freaking awesome,” Page said.

 

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