On Sunday, Feb. 3, the LIVE @ VEISHEA concert lineup was announced. If you haven’t seen the release video yet, you can view it below. With the list of the bands finally out to the public, we wanted to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes to get these great artists to Iowa State. So we conducted a Q & A session with Entertainment co-chairs, Aaron and Brittney.
Q: When does the process of finding bands for VEISHEA begin and where do you even start?
A & B: We start looking in late September, early October. We start by looking to see who is on tour now and who may be on tour in the spring. The main things we want to look for is finding someone who is available, who is relevant and affordable.
Q: What was the motivation behind this year’s lineups?
A & B: We know that country sells well here, and that was a big factor for Friday night. We went with more indie rock than the last couple of years to add to the variety of the lineup. We also wanted a big hip-hop act for Saturday night. It’s good to have good artists that are complimentary to one another to follow each other on stage. You also have to look for artists that are appropriate for the message we want to send as a VEISHEA committee.
Q: What’s something we will see at LIVE @ VEISHEA 2013 that we didn’t last year?
A & B: To our knowledge, we’ve never had a country headlining act, so that’s unique in 2013 with Jana Kramer and Easton Corbin wrapping up Friday night’s concerts. We also have more country bands in general for Friday. Club VEISHEA was changed for 2013, too. Last year both nights were hip-hop, but this year there will be hip-hop and then the second night will be a country DJ. We like the change because it makes for a good balance with the concerts. We are trying to provide more opportunities for everyone’s tastes.
Q: Why should Iowa State students buy a ticket to LIVE @ VEISHEA?
A & B: There’s more opportunity and variety. We have something for everyone. Also, ticket prices are extremely cheap. If you think about what you would normally pay to see a lot of these artists, it’s a great deal. You won’t have the opportunity to pay $20 for two nights of 12 great music performers. (Tickets are $15 for each night, or $20 for both.)
Q: It sounds like B.o.B is bringing something unique to VEISHEA, what’s that about?
A & B: Typically, hip-hop artists might come alone or with just a DJ, but that’s not the case this year. B.o.B will be bringing a full band of somewhere between 12 and 15 members. It should be a unique and fun experience for VEISHEA and something the students should be excited for.
Q: You’re going to have people who might not like the lineup you’ve put together this year. What’s your message as to why VEISHEA chooses the lineup it does?
A & B: We just ask people to understand that we have a lot of different types of students that we have to cater to at Iowa State. We try to reach as many as we can with the lineup we put together. It can be difficult. We have a budget that we have to work with and there are only so many ways you can put some of them together. It’s like putting a puzzle together.
Q: So is there no chance at a surprise Justin Bieber appearance?
A & B: No Justin. The Bieber Fever has left Ames.
Q: Are Kris Allen and Andrew Allen long-lost relatives?
A & B: To our knowledge and after several dedicated hours of research, we have found they are not biologically related, but who knows.
We’d like to thank Aaron and Brittney for answering some questions for us and giving the students a better understanding as to what goes on behind the scenes of the VEISHEA entertainment committee.
You can click here to see the entire lineup and purchase tickets.
You can also see the LIVE @ VEISHEA release video here: