On April 19, University of Maine Student Entertainment announced the long anticipated headlining act for the annual Maine Day Concert, Canadian electronic dance music group Adventure Club.
The act was announced on Facebook by the vice president of Student Entertainment Isaiah Mansour. Mansour addressed rumors that Kygo, a Norwegian DJ, would be the featured act at the show.
“We did have an offer in for Kygo,” Mansour said. “He took about three months to eventually decline, he cancelled a lot of upcoming tour dates to go back into the studio and finishing an album.”
The concert will be free to UMaine students, and tickets will be offered on Ticketmaster for those outside of the university.
University of Maine Police Department (UMPD) detective Keith Mercier said that the department will detail a typical amount of officers for the concert.
“It’s gonna be typical detail,” Mercier said. “Ten officers detailed, we don’t expect any issues other than what we normally deal with, a lot of alcohol.”
Mercier said that UMPD will be working the line, along with some help that is used at Waterfront Concerts at Darlin’s Pavilion in Bangor.
“There is a security company working,” Mercier said. “Everyone is subject to search.”
Mercier believes that Maine Day is one of the busiest day of the year for UMPD. Last year, during The Chainsmokers performance, they said they made a handful of arrests.
“Last year, ballpark, we had five or six,” Mercier said. “We had an OUI as a result of the show, four or five disorderly conduct or criminal trespassing, generally the issues come from the line.”
“There’s so much going on,” Mercier added. “Maine Hello [when people are moving into their dormitories] is probably the busiest day, but we don’t have issues that day, there’s just a million people on campus.”
While traditionally, the concert is held on Maine Day, this year the concert will be held on May 3, the day before. There will be two opening acts, including a local DJ who Mansour would not name, and also Kap Slap, the stage name of New York City based DJ named Jared Lucas. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m., and the first act will begin at 6:30 p.m.
“There’s been a lot of hype going around,” Mansour said. “Because of the rumors circulating, people have been crazed.”