Dillo Day

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Lupe Fiasco performing at Dillo Day 2007.

Dillo Day is an annual all-day music festival at Northwestern that takes place on the last or second last Saturday of May at the Lakefill. Begun in 1972, it is organized by Mayfest Productions, a Northwestern student group, and is the largest completely student-run festival of its kind.

History

The festival has its roots in May Day, or Mayfete. Mayfete was a time when students would celebrate the "renunciation of the May Queen of the temporal world for a spiritual one," according to a 1951 history of the event. Although little is known about the early days, May Day was originally a celebration of the women of Northwestern. The crowning of the May Queen was the central event, and the pomp included a Maypole dance and cotillion. May Day expanded to May Week in 1946 to accommodate a women's sing, men's sing, and an honors ceremony.

Armadillo Day began in 1972. In 1981 the A&O board first produced a free two day outdoor concert event to coincide with Armadillo Day, featuring rockabilly revivalist Robert Gordon on Friday, and blues legend Muddy Waters on Saturday. The all-day Saturday concert event on the shores of Lake Michigan has continued the tradition of presenting major industry artists. Food trucks and a "Dillo Village" surround the two stages. Northwestern University lists Dillo Day as one of its most notable traditions.[1]

2017 lineup

Main Stage[2]

WNUR x Nongshim Stage

Student Acts

  • Onnij x Ouyang (Student DJ)
  • Prez Harris & Friends (Student Band)

2016 lineup

Main Stage[3]

WNUR Stage[4]

Past lineups

2015 (Note: Dillo Day was canceled in 2015 due to high winds.)

Main Stage

WNUR Stage[8]

2014

Main Stage

IndieU Stage[13] presented by WNUR[14]

  • Tink
  • The GTW
  • Sirr Tmo
  • Teen Witch Fan Club
  • RUNNING

2013 [15]

2012 [15]

2011 [16]

2010 [17]

2009 [18]

2008 [19]

Past headlining bands include The Roots, Cake, and Lupe Fiasco in 2007, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band and Ben Folds in 2006. Performers from previous years include George Clinton, Yellowman, Third World, The Wailers, The Crystal Method, Outkast, and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.[18]

Legacy

Stephen Colbert mentioned Dillo Day at his 2011 Northwestern University commencement speech (Northwestern is Colbert's alma mater, where he was a theater major in the 1980s).[20]

References

  1. ^ "Northwestern Traditions", Northwestern University Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  2. ^ http://www.dilloday.com/lineup
  3. ^ http://www.dilloday.com/lineup
  4. ^ http://www.northbynorthwestern.com/story/wnur-announces-five-dillo-day-acts/
  5. ^ http://dailynorthwestern.com/2015/03/30/campus/charli-xcx-teased-as-potential-dillo-day-performer/
  6. ^ http://dailynorthwestern.com/2015/05/04/campus/odesza-to-perform-at-dillo-day-2015/
  7. ^ http://dailynorthwestern.com/2015/05/04/campus/odesza-to-perform-at-dillo-day-2015/
  8. ^ http://www.northbynorthwestern.com/story/mayfest-and-wnur-unveil-lineup-for-dillo-days-seco/
  9. ^ https://twitter.com/DilloDay/status/451903781819535360
  10. ^ https://twitter.com/DilloDay/status/466400196164083713
  11. ^ http://www.northbynorthwestern.com/story/mayfest-hints-at-canadian-dj-ryan-hemsworth-for-di/
  12. ^ http://dailynorthwestern.com/2014/05/27/campus/ok-go-announced-as-dillo-day-opener/
  13. ^ https://www.facebook.com/events/1487777954784568
  14. ^ http://www.wnur.org
  15. ^ a b http://groups.northwestern.edu/mayfest/lineup.html
  16. ^ Matt Connolly, "Week in Review May 26: Dillo Day, lacrosse and coupon apps", North by Northwestern, 26 May 2011
  17. ^ "Full Dillo Day lineup posted", The Daily Northwestern, 25 May 2010
  18. ^ a b http://groups.northwestern.edu/mayfest/history.php
  19. ^ Liz Coffin-Karlin, "Third Eye Blind will headline Dillo Day lineup", North by Northwestern, 25 May 2008
  20. ^ Youtube video of Colbert's commencement speech at Northwestern University, 2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6tiaooiIo0

External links

  • groups.northwestern.edu
  • newmedia.medill.northwestern.edu

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