Electronic music duo Loud Luxury will headline fall 2023 Lawnparties, with singer and producer Pheelz as a supporting act, according to an email to students from the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Social Committee on Sunday, Sept. 3.
The show will take place on the Frist North Lawn on Sunday, Sept. 10, the weekend after the first day of classes for the semester. The concert will also feature student opener Weatherboy, a band made up of Michael Salama ’24, Paolo Montoya ’25, Rohit Oomman ’24 and Samara Samad ’25.
Spring 2023 Lawnparties was headlined by rapper Waka Flocka Flame, and Fall 2022 Lawnparties by indie rock band Hippo Campus. Both performances battled rainy weather, which likely affected attendance.
Loud Luxury, a duo of electronic music artists and DJs Andrew Fedyk and Joe Depace, is best known for their 2017 hit “Body,” featuring Brando, which has just over a billion streams on Spotify. The song is seen as the duo’s breakthrough hit, reaching the top 10 in multiple countries. The duo won the Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year in 2019. The group has 11,652,205 monthly listeners on Spotify as of the start of September 2023.
The group has performed at several similar events at other universities. They’re scheduled for an upcoming performance at Vanderbilt University on Sept. 29, and have previously performed at Western University, Cornell University, Emory University, UMass Amherst, and Tulane University.
In a survey conducted by USG for the 2019 Lawnparties Report, Loud Luxury was among the list of artists with more than two recommendations.
Loud Luxury’s selection as the Lawnparties headliner follows an activities fee increase from $45.50 to $95.50. USG President Stephen Daniels ’24 has previously noted Lawnparties headliners as something that could be improved with the help of the larger budget afforded by the fee increase.
“As we’ve seen with Lawnparties, we don’t really have the ability to expand funds and get the sort of headliners [that] students want and see their friends in other schools experiencing,” Daniels said at a USG meeting in Spring 2023.
The Fall 2023 Lawnparties will also see the introduction of a supporting act. Spring 2023 Lawnparties was originally slated to include Skeez as a supporting act, but he eventually dropped out of the lineup. Pheelz is a Nigerian musician with close to 3 million monthly listeners on Spotify as of September 2023.
In an interview with the Daily Princetonian, Salama shared that he and his band were very excited to be selected as the student openers for Lawnparties.
“We’ve played at some Lawnparties before but only at the clubs, so this is a great step up,” he said. The band, which formed towards the end of last semester, is a psychedelic rock group. Salama said they would be playing “classic and psychedelic rock covers of new pop songs.”
Nandini Krishnan is a staff News writer for the ‘Prince’ who usually covers the USG.
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Correction: This article previously misstated the date of the Lawnparties announcement as Aug. 3. The correct date is Sept. 3. The ‘Prince’ regrets this error.