SCOPE announces fall concert
Kendrick Lamar to come to UNH
Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 21:09
After over a year of being gone, the Student Committee on Popular Entertainment (SCOPE) is officially back and hopes to bring the biggest show that the University of New Hampshire has ever seen. On Tuesday afternoon they finally released the name of the artist for the highly anticipated comeback show: Kendrick Lamar.
Seeing as they were not able to bring a concert last year, the members of SCOPE were very careful to make sure that the artist they chose would please as many students as possible.
“The first thing we think about is students and what they say in our survey,” Hailey Brennan, the publicity director of SCOPE, said.
In the surveys that were sent out to students last spring, Lamar was one of the top five most popular responses.
Making such a huge comeback was really important to SCOPE and they were fortunate enough to have a little something extra to help get Lamar.
“We have some money left over from last year which is why we can put on a show of this scale,” Bethany Bucciarelli, the executive director of SCOPE, said.
Brennan said she believes that students are going to be very happy with the artist they selected because of how popular he is with college students.
“He’s really huge, and he’s at a great point in his career right now,” Brennan said. For the most part, the response has been positive so far, with not too many students being upset. However, some students who are fans of other musical genres are less than thrilled.
Student Domenic Paolo, for example, is not happy with SCOPE’s decision.
“Kendrick was a bad choice. UNH brings bad rap artists way too often with unmeaningful lyrics,” Paolo said. “If they wanted good rap, they should have gotten Macklemore.”
Other students – such as freshman Lindsey Rago – are a fans of SCOPE’s announcement that Kendrick Lamar will be coming to Durham.
“I am so excited that SCOPE chose Kendrick Lamar,” Rago. “He's going to put on such an incredible show.”
Comments on SCOPE’s Facebook page expressed similar feelings of happiness and excitement. The students who seemed dissatisfied were people who wished for a different artist or complained about the price.
The prices for the 8 p.m. show on Oct. 24, which will be held in the Whittemore Center, are as follows: $25 for student floor seats, $15 for student bowl seats, $40 for non-student floor seats, and $30 for non-student bowl seats. Because of their lack of a show last year, SCOPE has decided to only sell a limited number of non-student floor tickets; they would rather the seats go to UNH students.
Both Brennan and Bucciarelli believe that they will have no problem selling tickets, which go on sale Sept. 18 at 8 a.m. at the Memorial Union Ticket Office.
“We do have every expectation that this show will sell out,” Brennan said.
Now that SCOPE has announced the fall concert, it’s time for them to start preparing, which they will do by hiring new people to join the organization. The applications will be available starting Sept. 9 and will be due by Sept. 23, after which point they will be contacting people for interviews.
SCOPE is also still looking for an opening artist for Lamar. They have a few options available and will be announcing the artist soon. In the meantime though, they are very happy to have booked an artist like Lamar to come to UNH.
“We think it’ll be a lot of fun for our comeback concert,” Brennan said.