Rae Sremmurd takes over UNF Arena for OzFest Concert

Heydi Ortiz

Saturday night, long lines formed as UNF students waited to enter the arena to see Bryce Vine, Whethan, and Rae Sremmurd. As time began winding down for the doors to open, students were able to sign up for the space outfit competition, get face paints or body art, free Ozfest merchandise and free food and drinks.

At around 5:50 pm, doors to the arena opened and students began surging in through the two main doors for a spot at the front. The show began with a remix of the Star Wars theme song and music played by the DJ began building anticipation and excitement. Finally, the lights were dimmed down and Bryce Vine came out unto the stage. His ecstatic energy and dance moves heightened the experience. Vine was very interactive with the crowd and performed some of his most popular songs including “Sunflower Seeds”, the debut hit “Drew Barrymore”, “Sour Patch Kids” and his newest song “La La Land”.

Vines act was then followed by an intersession of popular songs that students could dance to while waiting for the next act. After about 20 minutes of songs played by the DJ, Whethan came on stage.

While the crowd seemed to be having fun for the first couple of minutes of his act and during his song with Oliver Tree, “When I’m Down,” the last hour and a half of the performance was plagued by EDM, resulting in bored faces and “boos”, prompting the artist to get off stage.

Whethans performance was not at all terrible. In fact, it was pretty good but students grew impatient, referred to the ongoing music as “wack” and began to speculate that Rae Sremmurd had bailed out on their performance.

Whethan’s act was then followed by another 20 minute music intersession break played by the DJ. The crowd roared as the DJ yelled “Are you ready for Rae Sremmurd?”.

Rae Sremmurd performs at the UNF Arena. Photo by Lili Weinstein.

The famed final act came on stage and the crowd no longer seemed to mind the sweat or the wait time they had endured. Swae Lee and Slim Jximmy began hyping the crowd up with their hit song “No type.”

The artists seemed to love the osprey atmosphere saying “We should’ve enrolled here.” The talented artists truly put on a great performance encouraging the crowd to “get lit” as beach balls soared among the audience (just like Slim Jximmy who jumped into the crowd multiple times). Their songs “Black Beatles,” “Swang,” “Come Get Her,” “Powerglide,” “Guatemala” and “Sunflower” were hits among UNF students.

As the concert came to an end the artists expressed their time enjoyed at UNF. Students began to leave but it wasn’t the end of their night. Swae Lee prompted the crowd to stop and turn around and announced that they were going to play their new song for the first time, which had never been played to any other audience before.

At the end of the night, students were glad to escape the body heat that plagued the arena but they were also glad to have had the experience alongside their peers. Rae Sremmurd delivered an out of this world performance. Let us hope Swae Lee and Slim Jximmy were seriously considering becoming ospreys.

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