OzFest artist reveal creates mixed emotions

The rapper Offset is set to be the headliner for OzFest on May 3. Photo courtesy of: SUNY Oswego Student Association Programming Board.

OSWEGO, N.Y. – On Wednesday, the Student Association Programming Board (SAPB) revealed Offset as this year’s headliner for SUNY Oswego’s OzFest.

The rapper was selected as the lead performer after a student poll was conducted earlier this year. The poll allowed students a wide variety of artists to pick from, as well as an option to write in another artist. 

Offset is a solo artist, but was formerly known for being a part of the popular rap group, Migos. The group is known for their songs “Bad and Boujee,” released in 2016 and “Stir Fry,” released in 2017. 

With OzFest only a few weeks away, the reveal has created mixed emotions for students on campus.

“He’s such a big name, it’s really hard to miss him,” said Kai Felix, a senior at SUNY Oswego. “I feel like everyone on campus has definitely heard a lot of his music or at least heard of him in general.”

Felix said he was pleased with the selection, after there being a run of mixed reception to headliners in years prior. 

But, others are not a fan of the lineup. Some students have taken to online forums to comment about there’s a trend to book rap-focused artists over other genres. 

In previous years the campus has hosted artists such as Flo Rida, Gunna, and last year’s PARTYNEXTDOOR.

OzFest will take place on May 3, the last day of classes, with the concert taking place in the evening in the Deborah F. Stanley Arena. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with an undetermined opener starting at 8 p.m. before Offset comes on.

Students can purchase tickets through the SUNY Oswego box office in-person or online for $15. The concert will also be offered to the general public for $20.