Featuring performances from D.R.A.M., Two Door Cinema Club and All Time Low, 2017’s Movin’ On was another successful chapter in the annual festival’s history. Hosted on University Park’s Blue Band Field, thousands of students came to enjoy the day’s sun, music, and activities.
Beginning in the late afternoon, Zach Wade & The Good Grief were the first to perform, winners of Penn State’s 2017 Battle of the Bands. The four-piece rock/alternative/funk outfit hail from the local area. Up next was Love and Theft, a pop-country group perfect for the afternoon sun.
After the opening acts, Clean Bandit was next in line. Currently riding the success of their huge singles ‘Rockabye’ and ‘Symphony,’ the UK group had reason to enjoy the stage, celebrating hitting #1 in the UK for ‘Symphony’ the very same morning. Ending their set with the huge ‘Rather Be,’ the electronic collective’s eclectic blend of classical, dancehall and house influences suited the festival’s summer vibes.
D.R.A.M. offered up the most intimate set of the evening. Joined solely by his DJ, the Virginia-born rapper/singer displayed his fabulous vocal talent, over a mixture of trap, house, and soul. His set went off almost without a hitch, though he did refer to the town as College State at one point. Among hits like ‘Cash Machine’ and ‘CHA CHA,’ the Big Baby made sure to sing highlights from his collaborations with Chance the Rapper: ‘Special’ and ‘Caretaker.’ Waiting until the last minute to perform an encore of ‘Broccoli,’ D.R.A.M. got the crowd to rap Lil Yachty’s verse for him, jumping into the pit to take a few selfies with the crowd.
All Time Low was up next, the pop-punk outfit performing a selection of throwback hits and new songs, including a cover of Lorde’s excellent ‘Green Light.’ The sun had set at this point, and the light displays came out – of course, ‘Green Light’ was accompanied by only green lighting.
Finally, Two Door Cinema Club closed the evening. Running through hits from their last few albums, they closed out the evening with ‘Sun’ and ‘What You Know,’ some of their strongest material. Accompanied by six lighting panels, displaying pictures of Earth, code, DNA and everything in between, their set was both audibly and visually impressive.
As students head into finals week, with many preparing to graduate, Movin’ On was an unequivocal success: a banger of a party to end the year.
Photo Credit: Adriana Lacy | RISE Magazine