Press Release

Press Release

Future and Porter Robinson to Headline Annual Rites of Spring Music Festival
Tickets on Sale Friday, February 12th — 10am CST

WHAT: Rites of Spring Music Festival at Vanderbilt University
WHEN: Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, 2016
WHERE: Alumni Lawn — Vanderbilt University Campus
TIME: 6:00pm Friday and Saturday — Gates Open
Vanderbilt Student (One Ticket Per Student) – $45; Week of Show (April 10th ) $50
Faculty/Staff Weekend Pass – $50
General Public Weekend Pass – Purchased in Advance – $50; Week of Show (April 10th) – $60
Single Day Tickets — $40 (Available April 1st)

NASHVILLE, TN – The Music Group at Vanderbilt University is back again with the promise of warm weather and a hot lineup for this year’s Rites of Spring Music Festival. Taking place on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, 2016, the Rites of Spring Music Festival is the perfect way to soak up the sun along with some of the best names in music. With Future and Porter Robinson headlining and other artists set to appear including Lil Dicky, Bad Suns, Kat Dahliaand The Candid.  This year’s festival will cover a wide range of genres and will have something for everyone.

Known originally for songwriting, his first hit being YC’s “Racks”, Future stepped into the rap realm after releasing a barrage of mix tapes in 2011. His debut studio album “Pluto” earned him fans, fame and a flurry of co-signs. After writing, producing, and hypnotically yodeling on Rihanna’s “Loveeee Song”, Future came into his own, releasing one studio album “Honest” and three mix tapes (“Monster,” “Beast Mode,” and “56 Nights”) in a six-month stretch. He later dropped “Dirty Sprite 2″, his third studio album, which earned Future several number 1-peak positions. A short two months after, he released “What A Time To Be Alive”, a free album with Drake. Singles like “Jumpman” swept the nation, adding fuel to the Future fire that’s unabashedly ablaze and showing no signs of extinguishing.

Hitting it big when he was only 18 with ‘Say My Name’, it took Porter Robinson another two years to fully master his talents. His number one hit ‘Language’ two years later took him all over the world, the newest teenage DJ sensation. In 2013, Porter stopped his touring and hunkered down in the studio and went to work on something- something different. “I needed to do something that was honest and real,” said Porter. What came about was “worlds”, a cinematic experience that mixes DJing technique with evocative melodies. His first studio album pushed him even further into the spotlight; his hit single “Sad Machine” led the album to the top of the charts, eventually landing him mtvU’s Artist of the Year for 2015.

David Burd, AKA Lil Dicky, is, according to his website, “the voice of the voiceless”. Hailing from the ‘rough’ suburbs of Philadelphia, Burd graduated from the University of Richmond at the top of his class before deciding to switch up his career from deskwork in advertising to rapping. With the release of his new album “Professional Rapper,” featuring big names like Snoop Dogg, Fetty Wap, and more, Lil Dicky has topped both the hip-hop and comedy Billboard charts.  What began as a conduit for a career in writing and acting soon became too popular to ignore, and Burd embraced his Internet fame head-on, turning his online popularity into commercial and mainstream success with “Professional Rapper.”

An alt-rock outfit from LA, Bad Suns is a band that’s starting to turn some heads in indie circles. Having toured with the 1975 and the Vaccines off of the smash success of their EP “Transpose,” the band is heading up its own tour after the recent release of their newest album. Titled “Language & Perspective,” the rock record contains 2013 #1 hit “Cardiac Arrest” and ten other guitar laden, dance-able tracks that have led the LP to wide acclaim. Though the band members were all college aged when they formed in the early 2010’s, their sound has matured to the point that their major influences like Elvis Costello and The Cure are distinct.

“This is the type of lineup that most people only dream about seeing on a college campus,” says Music Group Chair, Kern Vohra. “We were able to adhere to our mission of bringing diverse artists to Vanderbilt, and I think we’ve brought the best of the best. It’s a great variety of big names and some of the hottest up-and-comers, and I really think it makes for a phenomenal festival lineup.”

Tickets are available to the general public and will go on sale Friday, February 12th at 10 am CST at all Ticketmaster locations, online at or by calling 1‐800‐745‐3000. Tickets can also be purchased with no service fees included only at the Sarratt Box Office on the Vanderbilt campus. No Refunds will be given due to weather conditions or band cancellations. For general event information, call 615‐322‐2471. For more information, or follow us on Twitter at

The Office of the Dean of Students at Vanderbilt University provides an extensive list of activities and organizations for students to gain the true college experience. The Office of Arts & Campus Events houses several organizations and programs designed to meet the needs of every college student. The mission of Student Campus Events is to facilitate diverse programming for the Vanderbilt community that cultivates social engagement, artistic exploration and personal growth. The Music Group is the student run organization responsible for planning and producing the Commodore Quake as well as the annual Rites of Spring Music Festival.