The Campus Activities Board (CAB) has announced Louis the Child as this year's headlining performer for Modstock on Thursday, May 4. After a 4:30 p.m. opening performance by the winner of BC's Best (which will be determined tomorrow night on O'Neill Plaza at 8:30 p.m.), the pair will take the stage in the Modular parking lot at 5:00 p.m.
Louis the Child is an electronic, future bass music duo from Chicago that has been performing since 2013. The duo is comprised of Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett who attended New Trier High School together in Illinois and met at a concert.
Hauldren, currently 20 years old, grew up in a family of musicians and artists. He then spent one year at the University of Southern California before leaving to pursue his already growing music career. Kennett, only 19 years old, produced music under the alias Fatboy in high school before teaming up with Hauldren to form Louis the Child.
Their popularity rose with the single “It’s Strange,” which was praised by Taylor Swift and featured on the FIFA 16 soundtrack. Other singles have included “Weekend,” “Fire,” “Love is Alive,” and a number of remixes. Louis the Child opened for the Chainsmokers and Madeon, and has performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and many other music festivals.
In previous years, Modstock has featured mostly rap artists. The spring concert featured Nelly and Third Eye Blind in 2012, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in 2013, Indie rap artist Hoodie Allen in 2014, Ludacris in 2015, and T-Pain in 2016. In contrast, the winter Plexapalooza concert has generally featured electronic artists such as the Chainsmokers. This year's selection of the EDM duo is a departure of that pattern.
There will be 5,000 free tickets available for the event, which CAB will distribute at Conte Forum. 3,500 tickets will be available on Friday, April 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for BC seniors and from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for all other classes. 1,500 tickets will be distributed from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. One ticket will be awarded per student ID.