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By Megan Malkus
Penn State University held their forty-second annual Movin’ On music festival which is free for students and guests of the university on April 28.
This year’s lineup included local battle of the bands winner Zach Wade & The Good Grief, Love and Theft, Clean Bandit, D.R.A.M., All Time Low, and Two Door Cinema Club. The festival started at 3:30 p.m. and went until 10:30 p.m.
“I was most excited to see All Time Low,” Storme Aksomitus, 21, a Grand Valley State University student attending the festival, said. “I am from the Towson area just like the boys of All Time Low so I feel a personal connection to the band and I enjoy seeing them play.”
Movin’ On is one of the largest student-run music festivals in the country. Since 1975, Movin’ On has provided a fun farewell to graduating seniors with diverse music and food trucks.
This year’s student emcees were Alisa Vasquez and Jason Hu. They came on stage between acts to keep the crowed entertained and energized while stage crews rearranged equipment for the next performer.
Behind the scenes of Movin’ On were Executive Director, Katie Mischler, Director of Production, Erin Cleary, and many other students who worked hard to promote, plan, and pull off the entire festival.
“I can’t imagine how much work it must have taken to pull this off,” Molly Robinson, 19, a Penn State student, said. “Just finding people to play must have been hard and they got some pretty big acts to perform. Not only did they get great performers, they planned the whole festival.”
Movin’ On has a rich history of impressive acts. In previous years lineups have included Fallout Boy, Run DMC, Jimmy Eat World, and Bowling For Soup.
“I went to the festival last year to see Walk The Moon,” Robinson said. “I wish I was able to see Misterwives but I had class. I had to sit through Nelly before I could see Walk The Moon just like I had to sit through D.R.A.M. this year before All Time Low.”
Clean Bandit is an electronic music group from England. They performed before D.R.A.M. playing their hits Rockabye and Rather Be, among others.
“This is our first time in this part of the country,” Grace Chatto, 31, Clean Bandit’s cellist and vocalist, said. “It’s very nice here and we like you guys a lot.”
Though Two Door Cinema Club was the main headliner, people seemed to be talking more about All Time Low. Not just about their musical performance but their comments between songs as well.
“Their [All Time Low] comentairy was on point,” Penn State student, Brandon Smith, 19, said. “They are some funny dudes. A little inappropriate but better than D.R.A.M. was. Then Two Door came on and just played music which was fine.”
As students walked back to dorms and apartments they were talking about the performances and singing songs that had been performed that night all while dancing in the rain that started to fall just after the last chord was played.