An event some students look forward to each year is the annual Spring Fling.
The biggest question each year is whether the artist or artists Boise State has booked for the event are impressive.
This year, however, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center (SILC) has something different in mind.
“We’re going for a festival feel this year, so there will be multiple artists; we don’t have any specific artist in mind, but there’s definitely a group of artists that we’re looking into,” said Molly Valceschini, a programming assistant with the SILC.
SILC posted a survey on their website over the summer to find out what students wanted, and they began to figure out how to accommodate
“The results that we got this year showed that there’s a large variety of interests across the student body,” said Erin VanDenburgh, the SILC campus programs coordinator. “To get what the students wanted, which is a more festival feel with multiple genres of music, we decided for more regional and local bands, so that it’s engaging of the entire community instead of just one genre.”
The programming assistants are the ones who coordinate with agents to book artists. They look at what the student body is asking for, and try to come up with something that works.
“It all just depends on artist availability and contracting. Sometimes the agents are easy to work with or difficult to work with,” Valceschini said. “It just depends on how smoothly that process goes. We’ve gotten a good start. We’re not behind on anything right now.”
The process of booking the artists and getting the schedules set can be trickier and more time consuming than one might think.
“The planning is year round. We do a lot of the prep work, survey research and planning in the fall but the work really ramps up in the spring semester to make it all happen,” VanDenburgh said. “We start looking for artists typically towards the beginning of the spring semester. They’re pretty deep into it right now.”
Getting the hottest act of the moment isn’t always an option for Boise State.
“Obviously we can’t get Ke$ha if people say that’s what they want, our budget is limited. We try to take a general idea of what the student body wants,” VanDenburgh said.
The student body will have to be patient while waiting for artist announcements.
“As the contracts come through and are fully executed, that’s when we can start talking about the artists who are coming,” VanDenburgh said. “The hope is to have the bands announced at least a month in advance so that students can get excited about Spring Fling and learn more about the bands.”
Whoever may be coming, students can rest assured SILC has put in a lot time and effort into Spring Fling.
“This is the last event. It’s pretty close to the end of the year. We want this to be an opportunity for students to come together, hangout and be excited to be at Boise State and to celebrate the end of the semester together,” Valceschini said.
For more information on SILC and what they do, visit getinvolved.boisestate.edu.