March 15, 2012

As Search Continues, Avicii Rejects Slope Day Gig

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Electronic music phenom Avicii is one of three musicians who has turned down a request to perform at Slope Day, according to a member of the Slope Day Programming Board who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

On Friday, Noelle Cornelio ’12, chair of the SDPB, clarified that Avicii was never extended a “formal offer.” She added, however, that Slope Day pursued the possibility of bringing Avicii for Slope Day.

Despite percolating rumors on campus, Slope Day had not secured a headliner as of Thursday night, the source said. A fourth invitation to play is pending, according to the source.

This is the first year since 2009 in which Cornellians will go home for Spring Break without knowing the artist slated for Slope Day, the annual celebration fueled by drunken revelry, a sudden liberation from classes and a big name musical performer.

Confirming that an artist had not yet been found, Sam Breslin ’12, selections director of the SDPB, said that many colleges, including Cornell, have struggled to secure popular performers this semester.

“A bunch of other schools are announcing but, on average, schools are announcing late,” Breslin said. “A lot of people aren’t touring … it’s a tough semester.”

Slope Day will be held on May 4. Recent headliners have included Nelly in 2011 and Drake in 2010.

“We are working very, very hard to get the best artist we [can] have in the current situation,” Breslin said. “As soon as we know for sure, we’ll announce it. Right now, we’re just waiting.”

Original Author: Jeff Stein