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CampusFest ticket sales “steady”

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Ticket sales started for the upcoming spring CampusFest Tuesday, Feb. 25. Since then, the University Activities Board at Clarion University has seen hundreds of people reserve their tickets for the upcoming three-day festival.
The announcement of this year’s CampusFest came earlier this month with Carley Aquilino, Jamie Lee and Chris Distefano from MTV’s “Girl Code” and “Guy Code” performing on Thursday, March 27, Season 3 winner of “The Voice” Cassadee Pope playing Friday, March 28 and pop-punk band Cartel headlining on Saturday, March 29. All shows will be in the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room, as opposed to Tippin Gymnasium.
As of Tuesday evening, the amount of tickets sold to both students and the public has reached the hundreds. Three hundred tickets have been sold for Cartel’s performance, 220 of those going to students and 80 to the public. Three hundred forty-seven tickets have been sold for Cassadee Pope’s performance, 237 for students, and 110 for the public.
Tickets are not being sold for the “Girl Code/Guy Code” show, as student IDs will be accepted.
CampusFest chair Maggie Abrams says ticket sales have been steady this year compared to years past.
“This year, with the three different acts, it’s a little different. We’re not using the 3,500-person venue [Tippin Gymnasium]. The venue this year [Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room] holds 850 people,” says Abrams. “The two shows that we’ve sold tickets for, we’ve seen a pretty steady selling.”
UAB Public Relations chair Herman Locke IV says before Ke$ha’s show in 2011, CampusFest consisted of multiple acts.
“A lot of people don’t realize CampusFest was what it is now. It was a handful of tiny shows, and it wasn’t one huge national act everybody loses it about,” says Locke.
Abrams says the decision to revert the festival’s format comes with students’ demand for diversity among acts.
“People always say they want diversity with the shows. They want to see different genres and different acts,” says Abrams. “That’s how we thought this year was the best way to cater to that.”
Abrams says $80,000 is being spent for the show, altogether. Costs include staging, the acts themselves, public relations and hospitality among other things.
“UAB is funded completely through student activities fees. We have a budget through the Clarion Students Association,” said Abrams. “UAB gets a budget, and then breaks that budget down according to each of our 10 different committees, and obviously CampusFest has their own budget.”
Contractually, UAB is not allowed to give specifics for each act.
Tickets for CampusFest will be on sale until they sell out, and will go completely public on March 10.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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