Indie pop band Passion Pit will perform at Emory for the annual Fall Band Party on Nov. 6, the Student Programming Council (SPC) announced Wednesday night. The event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on McDonough Field.
Passion Pit is a four-member band known for songs including “Carried Away” and “Take a Walk.” The Fall Band Party will also feature The Joy Formidable, a Welsh alternative rock band.
“The student body, we think, will really, really enjoy them,” SPC Band Party Co-Chair and Goizueta Business School senior Zachary Atlas said. “They are a band that is on the rise right now.”
SPC Band Party Co-Chair and B-school senior Jordan Francis said SPC has been working to have Passion Pit come to Emory for four years. Francis was finally able to secure a relationship with the band’s agent and seal the deal in July.
“They have an electronic bent which I think is really popular with Emory’s campus,” Francis said. “[It is] in the rock vein and has a full-band live show but would appeal to a night party atmosphere.”
Both chairs said that usually, SPC hosts rock bands for the Fall Band Party but does not receive the high turnout that the other hip-hop and rap artists do.
“This is a band that can really pull the size of the audiences that we have had in the past with Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Khalifa and B.O.B,” Atlas said. “So we wanted to try something new with that, and I have high expectations for it.”
SPC President and College senior Raghvi Anand wrote in an email to the Wheel that the team took the Passion Pit offer immediately.
“We hope that this artist will appeal to a majority of Emory students,” Anand wrote. “We hope to see a big crowd this year.”
Francis said he has seen a great response as he and his team members placed flyers on campus tonight.
“I am so excited to hear that Passion Pit is coming to Emory,” College junior Hannah Rose Blakley wrote in an email to the Wheel. “I love their music, and I think it’s appealing to a range of people with various musical tastes.”
– By Karishma Mehrotra
Correction (10/18/13 at 8:17 p.m.): Hanna Rose Blakley’s name was misspelt as Hanna Rose Blakely.
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