Campus Currents: Bumstock
Instead of choosing the top one percent of freshman, they are looking to choose the best band on campus.
With five bands already committed to play, the Sophomore Owls Honor Society is looking to put together their annual Battle of The Bands competition to be held on Feb.
Bumstock is under new management, and this year students may see some radical changes to the annual music festival.
Vice President of Student Entertainment Derek Mitchell outlined a host of possible changes to the event.
“It’s time the university and Student Entertainment make it a new, bigger, better event and stop focusing so much on the same old bands,” he said.
To the joy of those displeased with Bumstock in years past, UMaine’s signature festival is getting a face-lift.
The concert, which began as a multiple-day event, will return to its festival roots as it spans the weekend of April 21 and 22 next year. Tentatively, the event is planned to begin around 7 p.
Gray clouds hovered in the air all day, but the threat of rain was unable to dampen the moods of both concertgoers and bands at this year’s Bumstock. While the concert could have ended in disaster, thanks to a blown generator which resulted in three hours of music-less stages, the bands were able to salvage the event with high-energy performances.
Bumstock 2005 is over, and in spite of several obstacles, Student Entertainment officials are declaring it a success. The annual music festival was delayed several hours after a generator blew and caused a power surge on one of the stages at around 5 p.m., according to Josh Luce, vice president for Student Entertainment.
It is less than a week away, and there is nothing to get excited about. There are only a few general ideas about who should play when, and no headliner. Bumstock’s $50,000 dollar budget seems to be hastily spent trying to firm up a day’s worth of music and enjoyment for UMaine’s annual end-of-the-year music festival.
Nearly everyone is familiar with Michel de Nostredame, more commonly known as Nostradamus, the 16th century prophet whose quatrains foresaw global events, technologies and the impending end of the world hundreds of years before the events in question happened, or have yet to happen.
Following months of anticipation and speculation about this year’s Bumstock, the band set list has been finalized, according to Bumstock Director Liz Hansen. New Jersey-based punk rock band Midtown will headline the event on Saturday, April 23, and while the band may not be as prominent as headlining acts of the past, Hanson said she is pleased with committee’s work.
The Bumstock Committee’s decision to sign Midtown as the headlining act of this year’s event is an interesting one. Obviously, the committee wanted a band that some students might have heard about, but isn’t so big that they would run the risk of not having them show up, a la Fat Joe.
Bumstock is on schedule and will take place on April 23. That was the message from Bumstock Director Liz Hansen Wednesday afternoon after weeks of uncertainty due to the annual music venue’s insurance carrier.
In past years, Student Government relied on Cross Insurance, doing business as K&K Insurance, to insure the event.