Lupe Fiasco and Talib Kweli will be co-headlining Big Show 9 at CSUN on Saturday, Oct. 3. Far East Movement is set as the supporting act and DJ Felli Fel from Power 106 will host the show.
In what may be the last Big Show for some years, Associated Students’ (A.S.) S.P.A.C.E. is looking for the Big Show to be the biggest spirit event on campus this year.
“We got Matty the Matador doing his thing on stage and student athletes are coming out there,” said Audrey Younna, A.S. S.P.A.C.E. executive director. “We are making this a big pep rally.”
Seven popular vendors, 30 CSUN clubs and organizations, games, prizes and more are scheduled to be part of the event.
“When you come to the Big Show you’re not just waiting for a concert,” Younna said. “You can interact and play some games.”
“We are really excited for all the new people. We want people that have never gone to the Big Show to be like, ‘Wow, my campus does this, this is amazing.’”
One of the differences this year is that for the first time, students have to pay for their tickets. In past years, the show has been completely free. This year, the charge for students, faculty and staff is $5.
“The big reason for charging is to keep up the pace that Big Show is (growing) because Big Show grows every year,” Younna said. “More students find out about it and we get bigger artists every year.”
S.P.A.C.E. wouldn’t charge students for the show if they didn’t think it was a worthy program, according to Younna.
Another factor contributing to S.P.A.C.E.’s decision to charge this year is last year’s debt after Big Show 8.
But this year, for the first time, the entire show is completely covered beforehand.
“This year’s show is fully funded. That’s never happened before,” Younna said.
“Given the climate of everything that happened last year with the debt, they (A.S.) wanted to be comfortable not relying on anything this year.”
Big Show is receiving $115,000 from A.S. and $75,000 from the Spirit Fund this year. The Spirit Fund money set aside is used for school spirit purposes. The total amount of the Spirit Fund is $250,000.
A.S. President Abel Pacheco said the show was reduced $17,000 from what S.P.A.C.E. spent last year.
“It’s set money that will cover the show,” Pacheco said. “The money that is coming in (from ticket sales) is revenue that will go back to student clubs and organizations.”
Conor Lansdale, A.S. vice president, said this year the headliners of the show and all the other acts are being paid from the Spirit Fund, as opposed to last year where headliners were expected to be paid from ticket sales. The infrastructure of the show will be paid from the annual Big Show budget.
In an effort to draw in a larger crowd, S.P.A.C.E. reached out to nearby CSU campuses and is trying to set up buses that will bring students from those campuses.
“The show itself is like a big pride thing for A.S. and it’s a big thing S.P.A.C.E. is known for and loves — it’s like a labor of love,” Younna said.
What you need to know about Big Show 9:
When: Saturday, Oct. 3
Where: Sierra Quad/Lawn
Time: Doors open at 12:00 p.m.
Price: $5 for students, faculty, and staff,
$20 for everyone else
Where to purchase: A.S. Ticket Office, Matador Bookstore, Freudian Sip, all Mercantile Exchange stores and at Ticketmaster