Every spring, Knoxville dedicates a day to celebrating good weather, great music, and the culmination of classes.
It’s called Volapalooza.
If ya don’t know, Volapalooza is the annual end-of-year concert / music festival at World’s Fair Park. It started in 2003 as a small concert and has grown into the largest student-run event by University of Tennessee. Past artists include Lupe Fiasco, Portugal. The Man, CAKE, Passion Pit, Big Gigantic, and Flogging Molly – just to name a few.
So, who will be gracing our World’s Fair Park this April?
Mountains Like Wax
Those are six names that promise one helluva show. Volapalooza event manager Shelby Goodsell is excited for the diverse and talented groups to take the stage.
“Our lineup as a whole has had a very positive response this year. I think the styles of each individual artist compliments each other and I can’t wait to see the flow of the performances,” said Goodsell.
The Headliner to note is X Ambassadors with more than 6 million monthly listeners on Spotify. You’ll probably recognize some of their songs from the radio, like their hit “Renegades.” Their full-length debut album, VHS, reached number seven on the Billboard 200.
“X Ambassadors is one of the most recognizable artists the we have had at Volapalooza in a while. They’re very talented and it’s no surprise that they are gaining popularity very quickly.” said Goodsell.
Needless to say, X Ambassadors is a major score for Volapalooza. Here’s a link to their full Spotify page.
We’ve mentioned the Nashville-based COIN in a past #MusicMonday article, and we’re stoked that the group is scheduled to perform in Knox again! If you weren’t able to see them live earlier this year, be sure to check them out at Volapalooza – especially if you haven’t heard them before.
“COIN has a sound that most people end up falling in love with. Even if you’ve never heard their music before, the first song you listen to will make you a huge fan,” said Goodsell.
Their synth-spiked indie pop sound is often associated with west coast vibes. Despite their Cali-sound, the band was actually formed by Belmont University students in 2012. Their songs “Talk Too Much,” “Run,” and the recently released “I Don’t Wanna Dance” show the amazing potential of this group!
Rapper, singer, songwriter Pell is next on the lineup. He’s best known for his hit “Eleven:11,” which was remixed by West Coast rapper G-Eazy in 2015 under the name “Got It Like That.” Combined, the two tracks have more than 18 million plays on Spotify. Pell released his first project Floating While Dreaming in 2014, which premiered via Complex and currently has gained more than 17 million streams.
However, his prerecorded tracks have NOTHING on his live performances.
“Pell supplies an energy to his music that I’m excited to see transition into his performance. You’re not going to want to miss it!” said Goodsell.
No worries Shelby, there’s no way we’re missing Pell.
Along with those big names, Volapalooza is focusing on some local acts here in East Tennessee. They’re bringing in some smaller artists from the area for their first-ever local stage.
“The Local Stage lineup is going to be a huge component of Vola this year. It’s really going to set Vola over the edge!” said Goodsell.
Knoxville-based Electric Darling is another one of our local favorites. You’ve probably seen them Saturday nights at Scruffy City Hall, and they’re scheduled to play at the Old City’s Rhythm N’ Blooms festival! Check out their SoundCloud profile here.
Sooooo what’s the ticket situay?
The event is a UT tradition that reaches out to both the campus and Knoxville communities. Tickets are free for opted-in UT students, $20 for general public before the show, and $30 at the gate. Tickets can be purchased at knoxvilletickets.com.
Oh – and be sure to check out the official Volapalooza 2017 Playlist on Spotify as you count down the days until April 28th!