Music collective Thou Shalt Not was chosen as the student opener during this year’s Battle of the Bands competition. Thou Shalt Not consists of duo Party of Two and singer NØES (pictured left).
Jenny Goggin, CC ’19, of Thou Shalt Not puts on an energetic performance to start off the day. Eager friends and fans of the student group were among the first to enter the pens on Low Steps.
Rapper Mykki Blanco begins her performance with a grand entrance from the top of Low Steps.
To everyone’s surprise, Blanco jumped over several fences and barriers and strolled through Low Plaza during her performance.
A poet, rapper, and an activist, Blanco gave a performance with purpose. Her calls to “Protect Trans Women” and “Protect Black Children” highlighted her commitment to social activism.
Ithaca College student and DJ Almand hypes the crowd with his booming remixes and first single “Don’t Manipulate.
D.R.A.M. (Does Real Ass Music) is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. His hit single “Broccoli” was nominated for a Grammy and certified quintuple-platinum last year.
Students quickly fill the pens during D.R.A.M’s performance. The pens maintained last year’s configuration, which only allowed a fraction of the 5,000 ticket holders a chance to get up close.
After a long and hot morning, D.R.A.M throws water into the crowd to cool them off.
Students pack Low Plaza and Butler Lawns in anticipation of headliner AlunaGeorge. Despite the number of students attending the event, only one lawn was opened.
Francis, Columbia’s first female Bacchanal headliner, did not disappoint, with quality vocals and music.
Members of the Bacchanal Committee dance backstage to AlunaGeorge’s high-energy set.
Closing off the show, AlunaGeorge played DJ Snake-produced hit song “You Know You Like It,” which peaked at 13 on the Billboard charts in 2013. Francis took members of the press and Bacchanal committee on stage for a dance-filled finale.