As the gates opened and tickets were scanned, concertgoers headed straight to the stage to get front row spots for the first act of the day at California State University, Northridge’s Big Show ’18 on Oct. 6.
The annual event, organized by Associated Students Productions, transforms the Oviatt Library Lawn into a music festival with several acts taking the stage and a lineup of food trucks.
Each year students get to vote on which music genre and artists they wish to see at the show. This year’s show included a lineup of hip-hop artists.
Los Angeles native DJ Mustard and East Coast rapper A$AP Ferg headlined the sold-out show and were joined by a surprise performance by rap artist Tyga, who worked with Mustard on his 2012 hit, Rack City.
Brownies and Lemonade, joined by special guest Luca Lush, got the party started as the first artists on stage. The second act, TM88, rallied the crowd as blowup beach balls bounced off their outstretched hands.
As DJ Mustard stepped up on the Big Show stage, backdropped by the Oviatt Library, attendees rushed from all parts of the event to join the party. With a mix of old and new songs and the guest performance by Tyga, DJ Mustard’s set kept the crowd dancing.
When the sun had set over the Oviatt Lawn A$AP Ferg took the stage to wrap up Big Show ’18 with a high-energy performance complete with colorful video backdrop and a rain of confetti.
Sophomore kinesiology students Kennedy Bridges and Emily Molina were first-time attendees of Big Show and enjoyed everything the event had to offer.
“We decided to go because of the lineup,” Bridges said. “I was really excited to see DJ Mustard but everyone so far has been good.”
They both agreed that being in the crowd close to the stage was fun but crowded.
”We’re excited about A$AP [Ferg] too but we’re going to stay in the back this time where there’s more room to dance and have fun.”