A new year, new artists and a new location – the University Program Council’s annual Auburn Airwaves concert returned to the plains Thursday, March 31, at the Auburn Ag Heritage Park. Opening the show was Natalie La Rose followed by Lil Jon, and headliner Rae Sremmurd.

UPC took the time to actively research the types of artists that students are most interested in seeing perform. The genre of music has varied from year to year based on the results collected from student votes. Student feedback allowed UPC to successfully diversify the music scene for this year’s performance.

“We held a couple of voting days in the fall to collect student feedback on what artist they would like to see at Airwaves,” said Sagar Leva, director of major entertainment for UPC. “We used the results from the survey to work with the budgets and artist availability in order to develop our lineup.”


In past years, the event was held in the Auburn Arena and Toomer’s Corner. This year the decision was made to move the concert to Ag Heritage Park.

“Student feedback was that they wanted an outdoor concert,” said Leva. “We have been working with our production team and Ag Heritage Park’s team to make sure we have an amazing set up at the location.”

Selecting an outdoor venue, however, can be affected by weather. At the end of the concert, inclement weather in the area created a safety concern and headliner Rae Sremmurd’s act ended early.

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written by Catherine Abernathy

Last modified: 04/21/2016