It’s safe to say that the summer festival has gone mainstream. With the Coachellas, Bonnaroos, and Sasquatches of the world selling out in record time, tickets to these highly anticipated festivals are becoming increasingly hard to come by. (Whether scalping has something to do with it is another subject entirely.)
And that’s why UCSD’s Sun God festival — taking place this Friday on the university’s campus — is such a welcome alternative: the day of music and festivities is only open to students and their invited friends. That means no scalping, boho-clad celebrities, or lingering $300 charges that take months to pay off.
This yearâ€™s Sun God lineup features performers from a wide array of genres including hip hop, pop, R&B, indie, and electronica. Headliners include Wiz Khalifa, Jimmy Eat World, R&B crooner Mike Posner, electronic giants Crystal Castles, JFK of electronic duo MSTRKRFT, indie-pop darlings Best Coast, and more.
Diverse lineups are nothing new for Sun God. Previous festivals have brought major names like Drake, Designer Drugs, Iron and Wine, NERD, Girl Talk, and local bands such as Grand Ole Party and The Muslims (now The Soft Pack) to UCSDâ€™s seaside campus.
The Sun God Festival is free to UCSD students and $50.00 for student-sponsored guests. So if you’re a UCSD student or someone who knows a UCSD student, you’re bound to have a good time. If you’re not, you have a whole year to either enroll or find some new friends.