UGBC Announces O.A.R. for Fall Concert

The Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC) has announced that the alternative rock band O.A.R. will be headlining this year’s fall concert with opener Moe Pope. With this announcement, UGBC has revealed several new changes to this year’s fall concert that aim to enhance the ticketing and concert experience for BC students in comparison to years past.

The fall concert, which is set for Friday, Sept. 20, will offer BC students a change of pace from the past few performers, most of whom have fallen under the rap genre. At the same time, Moe Pope’s opening performance is sure to satisfy anyone who is hoping for some hip-hop, as the local artist won the 2012 Boston Music Awards “Best Hip Hop Artist of the Year.”

The decision to bring O.A.R. (short for Of A Revolution) onto campus comes from an ongoing effort to match the preferences of the student body, according to UGBC Co-Coordinators of Concerts Michael Warren, ’16, and Tim Koch, ’14. Choosing a performer whose name regularly comes up around campus reflects UGBC’s desire to be as transparent and representative of the student body’s voice as possible in the year ahead.

“It is important for students to know that we are proactively asking them what type of music they would like to hear at BC concerts and, more specifically, the types of artists they would like to see perform on campus,” said Koch. “In my three years of programming involvement, I have consistently heard from students across campus that O.A.R. is a band they would like to see. So when making our decision this year, we collectively decided that choosing O.A.R. as our headliner would illustrate to the student body that we do take their interests into mind when we make decisions about the events we are planning. When we concertedly make the effort to act on students' interests, we enhance the quality of our events.”

By having a rapper open for an alternative rock group, UGBC is aiming to complement the differing genres as they did with Third Eye Blind and Nelly for the 2012 spring concert. Unlike the 2012 spring concert, however, UGBC is moving away from the early start time that filled Conte Forum before the sun began to set. The doors will open at 6:00 pm with a 7:00 pm start time, and nobody will be let in after 8:00 pm.

Tickets go on sale for $30 each this Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 9:00 am, and you won't need to worry about braving the infamous Robsham ticket lines as tickets will be available for purchase online.

UGBC has also made some much-needed changes to the ticketing process, including raising the number of tickets allowed per BC ID from two to four. The show will be open to anyone, but a BC ID is necessary to make a purchase.

To Koch, expanding the number of tickets allotted to each student is an opportunity to increase the sense of camaraderie on campus.

“We do not want students to worry about being able to find a ticket for a friend who might not have been able to purchase one,” he said. “We want to create an environment that promotes the Boston College camaraderie that we have come to know and love, which means doing our best to ensure that students do not feel limited by any sort of restrictions that might inhibit them from having fun.”

In addition, students will now have the opportunity to print their tickets at home, which will take the pressure off of getting to Robsham in time to pick them up the week of the concert. Oh, Robsham lines, how we won’t miss you.

UGBC is also working with Nights on the Heights to fill the time between classes and the show with a pre-concert BBQ around Conte Forum  from 4:30-7:30 pm. No BBQ is complete without glitter tattoos, photo booths, mini golf and trucker hats, all of which will be offered to attendees.

While members of UGBC are aware of the widespread speculation over concerts being hosted in venues other than Conte Forum, as is the case with the ever-popular Modstock in the Mod lot, issues with permits and licensing boards make the prospect quite challenging. At the same time, Koch and Warren hope that as long as they can keep up with trends in the student body and choose artists who reflect the wishes of BC's population, students will continue to look forward to the yearly fall and spring concerts hosted by UGBC.

Don't forget to order your tickets online this Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 9:00 am.

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