Drake headlines, Kevin Rudolf opens ‘Gold and Blue Bash’ event
Published: Friday, October 8, 2010
Updated: Friday, October 8, 2010 00:10
Swarms of students took to the muddy fields of St. Francis Field Thursday night as part of the Victoria's Secret PINK Nation concert.
The event featured music and performances by DJ Irie, Kevin Rudolf and Drake.
The free concert, held by Victoria's Secret PINK clothing line, was awarded to WVU in April after the University beat 58 other colleges in an online vote.
The event began at 5 p.m. and featured games, prizes and apparel that were provided by the company.
"We are expecting between 8,000 and 10,000 people," said Sara Tervo, senior vice president of marketing and creative services for PINK.
"We are excited about the talent, and we are trying to celebrate the school," Tervo said. "WVU has been great in working with us and understanding what we are trying to accomplish."
The performers pumped up the crowd and the sound of the "Gold and Blue Bash" could be heard across Morgantown.
"Is everybody ready to rock?" opener Rudolf asked the crowd in his first performance, thanking them for supporting him. "I really appreciate all of my fans."
Rudolf performed his hit "Let It Rock," among others.
"Find out what you do best, and if you can't find that out, then create your own lane in life," Rudolf said on advice for WVU students about being successful. "Keep your eye on what you do and surround yourself with good people," Rudolf said.
Miami artist DJ Irie also pumped up the crowd as it eagerly awaited for performer Drake.
Students cheered when the lights dimmed and Drake took to the stage.
The singer, who recently appeared at WVU in April, performed several tracks, including "Forever" and "Fireworks."
"I'm really excited to see Drake because I didn't get to see his previous performance in Morgantown," said Azsra Mathar, a junior exercise physiology major.
The event also featured local Morgantown rap artist 6'6 240, The Pride of West Virginia Marching Band and the cheerleading team.
Professional PINK model Chanel Iman, who appeared on stage throughout the night, had some advice for students.
"Confidence takes you a long way, and it is key in how you achieve your dreams," Iman said.