Mayday Parade Rocks DSU Spring Fling

by John Higgins '15 | May 02, 2014

Mayday Parade at DeSales
On Friday, April 25, DeSales University held its annual Spring Fling. The event, hosted by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership, was well attended by many DeSales students as well as local fans of the performers.

The concert was headlined by the band Mayday Parade, while opening acts included Divided by Friday, Transit, and We Are The In Crowd.

Each of the opening bands played for about 20 to 30 minutes. The evening started at 7:00 p.m. with Divided By Friday. The band, based out of Laurinburg, North Carolina, started the event off strong. They engaged the crowd by getting them pumped for the upcoming acts and finished their set with a selfie of lead singer Jose Villanueva and the surrounding crowd.

Pop punk band Transit played next. Transit, from Boston, Massachusetts, started heir set strong and loud and helped to get the crowd energized. They joked around with the crowd about being a slightly more obscure band compared to Mayday Parade when they asked if anyone has ever heard of them. 

“It’s okay, we don't know who we are either,” joked lead singer Joe Boynton.

We Are The In Crowd, a pop punk band from Poughkeepsie, New York, was the last of the opening acts. The crowd seemed particularly amped up to see them and they lived up to their expectations. They performed songs off of their new album Weird Kids, to much applause and set the crowd up well for Mayday Parade. 

Mayday Parade took the stage to a screaming crowd and immediately started off with their song “Ghosts” from their new album Monsters in the Closet. The band, from Tallahassee, Florida, mixed the songs in their set by playing a few of their new songs as well as some of their older hits. The set list included “Jamie All Over,” “Three Cheers for Five Years,” “Jersey,” “Black Cat,” “Miserable at Best,” and “Oh Well, Oh Well,” among others. The crowd was into it for every last second, even chanting for an encore at the end. Mayday Parade happily obliged, coming back out for one last song.

Spring Fling had hundreds of people in attendance, and fans were able to purchase merchandise after the show, including vinyl records and t-shirts.

Mayday Parade was selected for the event because they were the winning band from a Facebook-conducted student poll. This was the third stop on their tour.

Photo by Zac Bajan

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