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The 2019 WIUX Culture Shock Festival is this weekend. Are you ready?


Elijah Pouges performs as brz and invites friends onto the stage to provide backing vocals and accompaniment during the annual Culture Shock Music Festival in 2018 in Rhino's Youth Center. This year's Culture Shock Music Festival will take place April 20. Andrew Williams

The WIUX Culture Shock Festival will kick off at 12 p.m. Saturday in Dunn Meadow. Here’s what you need to know to be prepared for over nine hours of music.

What is Culture Shock?

The WIUX Culture Shock Festival is an annual music festival that takes place near the end of the academic year. It's run by IU's student radio station WIUX, and the first one took place in 1986. It showcases both locally and nationally known artists. Previous years have had artists such as Mac DeMarco and Noname as headliners.

Where is it?

Culture Shock will take place in Dunn Meadow next to the Indiana Memorial Union, at the corner of North Indiana Avenue and East Seventh Street.

When should I get there?

You can show up at Dunn Meadow at any time, but the show doesn’t start until 12 p.m. Dunn Meadow will get more and more crowded as the day progresses, however. The earlier you arrive, the easier time you’ll have finding a better view.

Who’s playing?

This year there are ten acts set to perform with three different DJ groups set to DJ in between their sets.

ktfaithful is first on the set list, so make sure you’re on time to catch the Bloomington singer-songwriter at 12 p.m.

The first DJ to spin between sets will be DJ IKE from the IU Student Music Production Club.

Allison Victoria, Willis & Diop, Chives and The Slaps are set to perform from 12:45 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. with DJ MADDØG scheduled to DJ between those sets.

Finally, VD Collective will be spinning between Boa, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Lala Lala, SHAED and Saba’s sets. Saba, this year’s Culture Shock headliner, is set to take the stage at 8:45 p.m.

What should I wear?

The forecast calls for cloudy 60 degree weather with little chance of rain on the day of Culture Shock, so festivalgoers may want to bring a light jacket.

If you plan on staying the whole day, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. It’s hard to dance unless you’re hydrated and have the right footwear.

Just in case Saturdayis sunnier than anticipated, sunscreen or protective gear like hats and visors might be a good idea.

Do I need to bring money?

The event is free, so you technically don’t need to bring any money, but there will be spending opportunities at the festival. Merch from the musicians will be on sale and food trucks will also be selling meals to attendees. Pro tip: bring cash so the lines move faster.

What is the music going to be like?

The IDS put together a playlist of some songs from the artists performing at this year’s Culture Shock. You can listen here.

Anything else?

Always remember to be kind and courteous to fellow festival attendees, and don’t forget to enjoy the music.

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