With live music, free giveaways, food, and games galore, Madipalooza was the place to be on Saturday, April 14th. Sponsored by big-name brands like Cheerwine and Five Hour Energy, the day-long music “festival at Festival” was the perfect excuse for students to have some fun in the sun before finals week.
“This is my first time ever coming to Madipalooza,” said senior nursing major Megan Enneking. “I didn’t want to spend my Saturday any other way.”
Falling on the same weekend as Coachella, the annual event gives JMU students a fun and convenient start to the music festival season, as well as an alternative to alcohol-centered events. With the comedic dazzle of student hosts Alex Jacobs and Michael Mathis and a medley of artists such as Mickey Guyton, Alex Mack, and Whipped Cream, Madipalooza 2018 was proof that JMU knows how to have a good time.
“It’s free, and all you need is your [JAC],” said senior psychology major Zach Smith, echoing many attendees reason for going.
“I love tank tops— and the barbecue pork is delicious,” said Smith. There to enjoy the sunny weather and chow down on some free food, Smith, like many other students was ready for a good time.
Jam-packed with music of all different genres, the mainstage had something for every music-lover. Mickey Guyton put some twang in the festival with her country flavor, later followed by Alex Mack who lit up the stage with his R&B jams and superb energy. Other artists such as Whipped Cream, *repeat repeat, and Paperwhite represented their respective genre for fans of dreampop, EDM or alternative.
If students weren’t drawn to the stage for music, they crowded around for the free giveaways. Donned in yellow sweatbands and one even with spray-painted purple hair, hosts Alex Jacobs and Michael Mathis launched Madipalooza t-shirts and other merch out into the crowd.
T-shirts weren’t the only free thing students got at Madipalooza; free food like chips, fruit, pulled pork, hotdogs, and even veggie dogs were spread on tables for attendees to take as many as they pleased.
There’s no doubt that “JMU does an amazing job for their students,” said senior health service administration major Angela Lisinbigler. Students like Lisinbigler never miss a Madipalooza, rain or shine, and this year was no different.
“I come to Madipalooza because it’s a very fun event and is unique to JMU,” said senior communications major Angelina Benedetti-Flores. “It’s to spend time with your friends.” Panning the Festival lawn on that warm Saturday, most would agree with her.
Scattered across the field were packs of students laughing, taking pictures, and spending quality time with one another under the spring sunshine. The festival was a time to celebrate music of every genre, but most importantly, it was a time to make memories, and for that, organizers and performers for Madipalooza, the student body thanks you.