June 21, 2008
Drexel’s campus was ‘popping’ on June 21st as an all-star line-up of artists took the stage as the centerpiece of Philadelphia’s annual three-day music fest POPPED! Vampire Weekend, Gogol Bordello, Mates of State, The Ting Tings, Crystal Castles, Mr Lif and MAD Dragon recording artist Hoots and Hellmouth played to a crowd of 4,000. On the concluding day of POPPED!, MAD Dragon recording artist The Swimmers played a set at World Café Live.
The festival was a success thanks in part to many Music Industry students who worked to book the artists and promote the event. During the fest, our students assisted with production, served as artist liaisons and they helped the festival maintain their ‘green’ initiatives by ridding the fest of water bottles and using recycled paper for everything from tickets to sheet music. Music Industry Assistant Professor Terry Tompkins and Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement David Toll were instrumental in bringing the festival to Drexel. The event was a well-publicized success and we’re looking forward to POPPED! 2009.