Electronic duo Galantis will headline Slope Day this spring, the Slope Day Programming Board announced today.
Young Bombs, another electronic duo, and Dreezy, an R&B singer, will be joining the EDM giants on the Slope.
The end-of-semester concert on Libe Slope will take place May 10.
Galantis, known for their songs “Runaway (U & I)” and “No Money,” produce electronic dance music. The two members are Christian Karlsson and Linus Ekllöw and their most recent album, The Aviary, was released in September.
Young Bombs, although their presence in limited on SoundCloud, have garnered millions of streams. They primarily remix Hot 100 songs, including Khalid’s “Young Dumb & Broke” and Post Malone’s “I Fall Apart.”
Dreezy, the Chicagoan R&B singer, recently released “Spar” with fellow R&B artist 6lack and hip-hop giant Kodak Black.
Adja Toure ’18, executive director of the Slope Day Programming Board, stressed that financial constraints made choosing the artists difficult. “Times have been hard with the funding we’ve acquired,” she said at the meeting.
Toure said on the decision to bring Galantis, “it might not have been a consideration to begin with,” but Cornell Concert Commission “almost brought them.” According to Toure, the University had already conducted a required risk assessment, and the board knew Galantis would be within the budget.
Toure also said that the event will have “the same format as always … putting an emphasis on getting good food, … water, and … breakfast before heading to the Slope.”
In the past, the Slope Day Programming Board used a survey to gauge interest, but this year they chose to go through Facebook and social media, asking friends, to keep the process more “intimate,” according to Toure.
Toure said it came down to a choice “between hip hop and EDM, we’ve had a lot of hip-hop in the past so we thought we’d change it up.”
When asked about concerns regarding the low notoriety associated with Young Bombs, Toure responded, “that’s the price range and that they come from the [same] agency. They might be a small artist, that’s what we were looking for.” She referenced past Slope Day artists who had much larger success after their performances on the slope, like Chance the Rapper and Kanye West.
Katie Sims is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Peter Buonanno is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. They can be reached at [email protected]