This Saturday, the USC Concerts Committee hosted its annual Springfest concert, featuring headline artists Diplo, Tyga and New Politics. Starting at noon, artists took the stage in front of Leavey Library and performed for the incoming crowds. Opening acts included Leo, winner of the iVoice competition; Breach the Summit; Night Riots and more. When concertgoers needed a food break, there were food trucks parked near Pardee Tower all day with food for purchase, including the Grilled Cheese Truck, the Boba Truck and Greenz on Wheelz.
At 6:30 p.m., the first headliner, Danish band New Politics, took the stage, and alt-rock fans rocked out for the next 90 minutes. Songs on the set list included “Berlin,” “Stuck On You” and the band’s most famous song, “Harlem.” The band even surprised guests with a rendition of the popular Justin Timberlake song “My Love.” Though headliner Tyga was scheduled to perform at 8 p.m., a rowdy crowd prevented him from starting on time. When he finally did come out at around 8:30 p.m., the sound quality was off and low and the crowd swarmed the stage and defied officials who demanded they take a few steps back. When Tyga took the stage, he greeted the crowd warmly, noting that USC’s crowd was much more welcoming than UCLA’s.
At 10 p.m., Diplo, a Los Angeles-based DJ, greeted a packed crowd and the concert’s energy was revitalized. Some of the songs he performed included “Original Don,” his Major Lazer hit, and “Express Yourself.” Partway through, the sound team was able to fix the problems that plagued Tyga’s set, making for a great finale to Springfest 2014.
Burke Gibson contributed to this report.
For more photos, visit our Springfest 2014 photo gallery.