Chicago native Lupe Fiasco headlines FEST 2012 lineup

DePaul’s annual music festival returns this year with a handful of talents to keep us on our feet. Last Monday it was announced that the headliners this year are to be Lupe Fiasco and Portugal. The Man, with opening act Battles.

On Friday, June 1, the quad between University Hall and the John T. Richardson Library will be transformed into a summer venue to celebrate the end of another academic school year.

Students will pack the lawn to see the highly anticipated lineup. Ticket sales began May 15 in both the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses. The tickets cost $10 each, with a limit of two per DePaul student ID.

Chicago native Lupe Fiasco will perform tracks from his previous albums, including the hits “Superstar” and “The Show Goes On.” Raised as a Muslim on the West Side of Chicago, Fiasco is known for his anti-establishment views, which he has expressed both in his music and in interviews.

Assisted in his career by Jay-Z and Kanye West, Fiasco is a big name in the rap game today, and DePaul students are anxious to see him perform on campus.

“I’ve followed Lupe Fiasco since I heard that song ‘Kick Push,'” said DePaul student Andrew Smith. “He’s a great talent in today’s rap world, can’t wait to see him at FEST. It’s also pretty cool that he’s from Chicago, so it’s like he’s coming home to perform for us. It’s the perfect end to my school year.”

Portugal. The Man is a well-known band within the indie-sphere of the United States. Originally from Alaska, this foursome is comprised of John Gourley (vocals, guitar, organ, machines), Zachary Carothers (bass, backing vocals), Kyle O’Quin (keyboards, synthesizers) and Gregory Littlejohn (drums, percussion, visuals).

Recently gaining recognition for their catchy tune “People Say,” these guys have acquired a large following among the college crowd, DePaul included.

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