Metro Boomin will take the stage for this year’s Spring Concert, announced by Fairfield University Student Association via an Instagram post on March 20. The event will take place at the Hartford Healthcare Amphitheatre in Bridgeport, Conn. on Friday, April 28—a night of celebration before a daunting finals week.
The artist is categorized as an American music producer and DJ. His recent album, “Heroes & Villains,” was released in Dec. 2022, and a newer edition of his album was released on Feb. 17, titled “Heroes & Villains (Villains Version)”. Metro Boomin is a common rap collaborator, working with artists like 21 Savage, Travis Scott, Future and Drake.
Senior Jordan Gale, current FUSA President, voiced an “overwhelming” request from the student body to host a rap concert this spring.
“After understanding what the student body wanted, we spent the last six months or so working with the team at the Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater to find the best artist that everyone will be excited to see,” he declared.
FUSA Vice President and President-Elect Aliyah Seenauth ‘24 further conveyed the pair’s enthusiasm in choosing Metro Boomin.
“We agreed that Metro had such great hits and that many would know his music,” she reported. “Once we saw how excited students were after the official announcement, it made us even further pumped.”
While some logistics are still in the works, Gale explained that FUSA will provide bus transportation and a limited number of Uber codes to shuttle students to and from the venue.
An email sent out by the association on April 2 stated that these buses will begin boarding at 6 p.m. on April 28, and will conduct loops from Veteran’s Park and Rafferty Stadium, with the last bus headed for Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater departing at 7:45 p.m.
Tickets were priced at $55 and sold through the Fairfield Tickets portal, the same mechanism that issues tickets for Pres Ball and athletic events. Senior Early Bird tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. on April 3, and all class year tickets were released the following day, April 4, also at 10 a.m.
Moreover, in terms of student attendance, Seenauth and Gale hope for the best possible turnout.
“We are glad to have received great feedback from our peers regarding the concert,” Seenauth said. “Seeing an increase in attendance from previous years will only make us that much more excited for the boost in student engagement.”
Previous FUSA concerts have featured artists such as Flo Rida, Fetty Wap and T-Pain, which received great support from its attendees. Some students, however, are worried that Metro Boomin may not live up to those past performances.
Sophomore Marie Fanizza laments the idea that the concert just might not be fun. “I liked the Flo Rida [concert] because you can actually dance to that music,” she confessed. “This one, [Metro Boomin], might not be dancing, just fist pumping.”
The integration of special events like the FUSA Concert is essential towards rewarding students for their hard, academic work. Gale recognizes the exceptional effort that students put into their classes and their extracurriculars, and stated it is important for students to enjoy time with their peers outside of those commitments.
“One of FUSA’s responsibilities is to provide events that students can make lasting memories at for years to come,” he assured. “We believe that there is no better way to end April than with the FUSA Concert!”
And, the pair is certainly excited for the concert themselves.
“Jordan and I are so thrilled for Metro,” Seenauth exclaimed. “Throughout the entire process of planning the Spring Concert, it felt great to finally have a decision that was set in stone.”
FUSA Programming is the branch of the association that generates these entertaining events. As stated on their website, their mission is “to provide programs that are social, academic and cultural in nature and to foster a sense of ‘Stag Pride’ in each and every student.”
Their activities range from concerts to dances, to engaging speakers and trips to New York City, encouraging student involvement in all aspects of their campus experience.
Among these events, the Spring Concert remains a fan-favorite. Seenauth is eager to witness the progression of the event that FUSA is working so hard to produce.
“We’re really looking forward to the day to come and cannot wait for the energy it’ll bring.”