Loud, energized at FallFest 2012
Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 05:08
Fallfest 2012 was incredible.
West Virginia University students gathered in a positive atmosphere throughout the night and welcomed the new semester with open arms and loud cheers.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals started the evening right. The band was full of excitement and successfully readied the crowd for the high energy sets later in the night.
For many students this was their first experience in Morgantown and away from home.
"We just came out to have a good time," said freshmen Courtney Jones and Andy Huber. "Morgantown has been really awesome so far, and we were really excited to be here. This is a great way to kick of the semester in style," Jones said.
The crowd seemed to enjoy every artist’s set during the show – the dancing and screaming proved that much.
"I like Wale because he’s from where I’m from. I just love his music," said sophomore physiology student Derrick Octao, who is from the D.C. area.
After Wale, we made sure to go inside the Mountainlair Ballroom to check out Juicy J’s set; but the crowd was so packed inside, it was almost impossible to move.
At one point, we thought the floor was on the verge of collapse due to the large number of students dancing.
The scarcity of space and extreme heat influenced us to head outside, but other students seemed unfazed as they continued to pile inside.
This year’s FallFest might have had the most packed crowd we’ve seen. From front to back – and even frat row – was crammed with students having a great time and letting loose.
The Wanted gave their all to impress the Mountaineers in the crowd, and even started a chant of "Eat s*** Pitt." The young British boy band controlled the audience like seasoned veterans – although it was a little weird that they requested a mosh pit.
The limited space inside the Mountainlair caused Travis Porter to play their set on the Green, which pushed Kaskade’s set back an hour, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind. Enthusiastic students sang along with the rap trio until their last song.
Once Travis Porter walked off the stage, it was easy to see who the electronic fans were in the crowd. Through the mass amounts of smoke and confetti, students continued to dance through the night.
All in all, FallFest 2012 was a success. It gave WVU students exactly what they wanted: an awesome night to enjoy before the chaos of classes, homework and exams consume their lives.
I can only hope they all make it to their classes this morning.