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Photos: CU Welcome Fest with Big Gigantic, Paper Diamond

CU WELCOME FEST at FARRAND FIELD | 8.20.11


The University of Colorado at Boulder held the annual Welcome Fest for students attending the institution this fall. The student-only event was closed off to the general public, but it still managed to pull big numbers to see Big Gigantic, Paper Diamond, Robotic Pirate Monkey and Common Ties, all of which are Boulder-based acts.

The University of Colorado bustled with activity yesterday as new and returning students unpacked into their dorms. In the foreground, a student found a waxed bench to practice his nollie heel flip crooked grinds on. Luckily, this bench happened to located directly next to a poster plastered bulletin tower.
The University of Colorado bustled with activity yesterday as new and returning students unpacked into their dorms. In the foreground, a student found a waxed bench to practice his nollie heel flip crooked grinds on. Luckily, this bench happened to located directly next to a poster plastered bulletin tower.
Photo by Britt Chester
As this event was put on by CU's Program Council, the only way to gain entry was to swipe your BuffOne student identification.
As this event was put on by CU's Program Council, the only way to gain entry was to swipe your BuffOne student identification.
Photo by Britt Chester
Alex Botwin sound checked early in the afternoon with a little help from fellow Elm & Oak artist Raw Russ, who later played a show at the Fox Theater with Marty Party
Alex Botwin sound checked early in the afternoon with a little help from fellow Elm & Oak artist Raw Russ, who later played a show at the Fox Theater with Marty Party
Photo by Britt Chester
WelcomeFest is CU's way of saying "Time to make some friends." Freshman and returning students all wore smiles for show.
WelcomeFest is CU's way of saying "Time to make some friends." Freshman and returning students all wore smiles for show.
Photo by Britt Chester
Paper Diamond's set is always a pleasure to watch because of the energy Botwin puts into it. Though you can't see it, Botwin controls and mixes directly from an iPad, giving him the freedom to move as he pleases on stage.
Paper Diamond's set is always a pleasure to watch because of the energy Botwin puts into it. Though you can't see it, Botwin controls and mixes directly from an iPad, giving him the freedom to move as he pleases on stage.
Photo by Britt Chester
The Program Council has been throwing this event for nearly a decade and has seen the likes of Pretty Lights, Maroon 5, Zebrahead and more. Pulling big sponsors like Apple furthers the production of the event.
The Program Council has been throwing this event for nearly a decade and has seen the likes of Pretty Lights, Maroon 5, Zebrahead and more. Pulling big sponsors like Apple furthers the production of the event.
Photo by Britt Chester
Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic tweaks a controller to ensure his drums match perfectly with Dominic Lalli's beats and saxophone.
Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic tweaks a controller to ensure his drums match perfectly with Dominic Lalli's beats and saxophone.
Photo by Britt Chester
Fortunately, there were no casualties save for a few sick students who may have had one, maybe two too many beverages. The strict wrist banding prevent outsiders from getting close to stage, but there remained steady group of on lookers just outside the fence.
Fortunately, there were no casualties save for a few sick students who may have had one, maybe two too many beverages. The strict wrist banding prevent outsiders from getting close to stage, but there remained steady group of on lookers just outside the fence.
Photo by Britt Chester
Thirsty students reach for water bottles which were generously given out over the course of the show.
Thirsty students reach for water bottles which were generously given out over the course of the show.
Photo by Britt Chester
Measures were taken to prevent any sort of accidents with the audio equipment. Black metal gating separated students from the performers only by a few feet, nearly within arms reach.
Measures were taken to prevent any sort of accidents with the audio equipment. Black metal gating separated students from the performers only by a few feet, nearly within arms reach.
Photo by Britt Chester
In the trademark all white, Lalli gets silhouetted by the light cubes, now a staple at Big Gigantic's concerts. Lalli is a former CU student and thanked the Program Council and the students for allowing him to perform.
In the trademark all white, Lalli gets silhouetted by the light cubes, now a staple at Big Gigantic's concerts. Lalli is a former CU student and thanked the Program Council and the students for allowing him to perform.
Photo by Britt Chester
Farrand Field is much larger from the top. In the left frame of the photo, the stage is swarmed by students while the right side towards the back of the field-turned-venue remained calmer and saw many students simply enjoying the music while sitting in the grass.
Farrand Field is much larger from the top. In the left frame of the photo, the stage is swarmed by students while the right side towards the back of the field-turned-venue remained calmer and saw many students simply enjoying the music while sitting in the grass.
Photo by Britt Chester
Two Fresh hails from Asheville, North Carolina, and recently signed on with Elm & Oak records based out of Boulder. The two brothers have been making big moves in the scene recently while touring with Skrillex and 12th Planet, and have two stops coming up: One on Friday, August 26th at the Fox Theater, the other on Halloween with Skrillex at 1stBank Center.
Two Fresh hails from Asheville, North Carolina, and recently signed on with Elm & Oak records based out of Boulder. The two brothers have been making big moves in the scene recently while touring with Skrillex and 12th Planet, and have two stops coming up: One on Friday, August 26th at the Fox Theater, the other on Halloween with Skrillex at 1stBank Center.
Photo by Britt Chester
Backstage for the ending of Big Gigantic's set. To close the night out, Lalli and Salken brought up Alex B. to play a new track for the students.
Backstage for the ending of Big Gigantic's set. To close the night out, Lalli and Salken brought up Alex B. to play a new track for the students.
Photo by Britt Chester
On the way out, the So-Gnar crew, notorious for guerilla art projects such as "A Truck Named Art," was seen plastering a wall with a barcode-mouthed illustration.
On the way out, the So-Gnar crew, notorious for guerilla art projects such as "A Truck Named Art," was seen plastering a wall with a barcode-mouthed illustration.
Photo by Britt Chester
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