Electro-pop duo The Knocks to headline Mayfest with Skizzy Mars, opener Vérité with DJ opener Ayo Alex

University Union will host its annual Mayfest event on April 24, 2015 in Walnut Park from 1-6 p.m.

University Union announced this year’s line up for Mayfest, which will feature electro-pop duo The Knocks as headliners with rapper Skizzy Mars as direct support, and pop artist VÉRITÉ as the opener. 

Declared by the NME as one of the “20 hottest producers in music," The Knocks are now one of the most buzzed-about duos on the electronic circuit. Initially gaining recognition for their remixes for artists including Haim, Santigold, Foster the People, Two Door Cinema, Ellie Goulding, Chiddy Bang, Passion Pit and The 1975, they eventually found themselves experimenting with sounds of their own.

Over the past three years, the duo has been jet-setting around the globe for DJ gigs, sharing stages with Grouplove, M.I.A., Two Door Cinema Club, Dragonette, Sleigh Bells, Chromeo and chrome.

With several of their songs reaching #1 on HypeMachine and over 6 million plays on Soundcloud, The Knocks have not only just released their latest single, “Dancing with Myself”, but are now releasing a new EP entitled “So Classic” set to be released on April 7.

Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Skizzy Mars’s love for music began through rappers like Kid Cudi and Kanye West. By the time he was a teenager, he released a single entitled “Douchebag,” which garnered industry attention and ultimately landed him a publishing deal. He went on to release two mixtapes, Phases (2013) and Pace (2014), respectively.

His most recent project, a seven track EP entitled “The Red Balloon Project” was released in February 2015 and debuted at number 35 on the Billboard 200 chart.

VÉRITÉ made a grand arrival in the alt-pop world with her debut single “Strange Enough”, a track that instantly became the #1 most viral on Twitter and crowned her as the #1 artist on Hype Machine. The Line of Best Fit calls her a “rising pop star ready to make her mark”, and Neon Gold says she is “steps towards pop royalty”. With praise from countless other outlets like Buzzfeed,NYLON, Indie Shuffle, Arjan Writes, Pigeons and Planes and Refinery 29, her songwriting blends vulnerable, honest lyrics with huge pop hooks. Her most recent single, “Wasteland” is out now.

Entry into Mayfest is free for all SU and SUNY-ESF undergraduate students with a valid SU/SUNY-ESF ID, however, pre-purchased tickets are required for all SU and SUNY-ESF graduate students, SU College of Law students, and guests of SU undergraduate students, along with a valid SU/SUNY-ESF or college ID. Guest and Graduate/Law tickets will NOT be available at the park and must be purchased for $22.50 at Schine Box Office, beginning Monday, April 6 at 9 a.m.

Backpacks and/or bags will not be permitted into Walnut Park and all students and guests must have their most recently issued valid college or military ID to be granted entry. A state issued ID alone will NOT suffice.

This announcement comes just days after University Union announced rapper 50 Cent with G-Unit will headline Block Party

on April 24 in the Carrier Dome. Joining 50 Cent are co-headliner Kygo and hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd.

Tickets have already gone on sale on Ticketmaster for Block Party.

Student prices are $25 for general admission Dance Floor access and $20 for First Level general admission and Second Level reserved seats. Students may order a maximum of two tickets at these prices.

Doors to Block Party, which follows Mayfest in Walnut Park, will open at 6:30 p.m.



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