SUB announces DNCE concert in April


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The Student Union Board announced Tuesday that DNCE will perform at Iowa State April 5. 

Dalton Gackle

The Student Union Board has announced that DNCE will come to campus later this spring.

On its Facebook page, SUB said “Funk-pop group, DNCE will perform at Hilton Coliseum on April 5 for our largest concert of the year!”

DNCE is best known for their single “Cake by the Ocean.” The song reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

“The students are really surprised and pleased,”said George Micalone, director of student activities at the Memorial Union. “There are many students that were surprised and pleased when we announced the concert to our volunteers.”

Joe Jonas, originally a Disney artist with the Jonas Brothers, provides lead vocals for DNCE.

DNCE was chosen based on the success of previous pop artists at Iowa State.

“We identify genres that we’re interested in pursuing based on what we’ve had before,” Micalone said.

The concert is expected to attract many concert-goers, so SUB was looking to find an artist that could line up with an open slot at Hilton Coliseum.

“Hilton does not have a lot of availability so we found artists that could work for their dates and then decided from there,” Micalone said.

SUB normally hosts events in the Great Hall or Maintenence Shop, but sometimes makes use of larger venues on campus.

“It’ll be a little different,” said Hayly Smith, SUB’s national events director and a senior in event management. “It’s a bigger event. That means more tasks, more volunteers, more everything.”

Micalone and Smith also said that SUB was originally looking to bring in a country artist, but the artists they offered did not respond in time for the scheduling. The plan is to have a big country artist for the fall 2017 semester.

DNCE is currently on a headline tour and has performed on New Years’ Eve in Chicago and at college bowl game halftime shows.

“We think this is a good band for the timing,” Micalone said. “They are a popular band right now and having some success. Joe Jonas also had success before this and it makes them a group that really connects with college students and others around that age.”

DNCE has the popularity and name that SUB was looking for.

“They’re pretty recognizable,” Smith said. “Joe Jonas is recognizable. They are just relevant.”

Tickets are $20 for students and $30 for non-students to sit in the stadium seating. They are $5 more for floor tickets. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and are available on ticketmaster.