Culture Shock is SUNY Purchase’s annual, two-day music festival, held towards the end of the spring semester. This year it will be held on Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28.
The festival’s program runs all day on both days. For the full schedule of bands playing this year, read our preview article.
Though a common joke on campus is that no one has ever heard of the bands in the lineup, many Culture Shock acts have gone on to play larger festivals and become rather famous. Former acts include Jay Electronica, Drake, Fucked Up, Of Montreal, and The National. Real Estate, who played last year, played at Coachella this year and are scheduled to tour in Europe.
The hired bands play on the main stage, which is on the festival grounds on the lawn behind the Stood. There is also a side stage inside the Stood hosted by WPSR, where student bands perform.
In addition to bands, Culture Shock will
feature student clubs and organizations such as the choir group Choral
Pleasure and Southbay Cabaret, which will perform on the main stage during the day.
Another staple of the Culture Shock experience are carnival-style rides, such as the Gravitron, and food vendors selling different kinds of fried food.
There is also a beer tent for students who are 21 years or older, which sells beer by the cup for reasonable prices. This tent will open at 6 p.m. this year.
Other stands at the festival include a record vendor, a Wellness Center tent offering tie dying and face painting, an alumni tent that offers party hat decorationing, and a photo booth.
Wristbands that that give students access to the festival will be handed
out in the Stood at 2 p.m. on Friday, according to an email sent by the
PSGA last Thursday.
The Culture Shock festival is arranged annually by the PSGA and is organized by two Major Events Coordinators (MECs) working together. This year, the MECs are Andrew Sacher and Alicia Santiago.
Photo courtesy of the official Culture Shock announcement video.