Professor Green was named as the headline act for the 2012 Live & Loud Freshers’ Ball. The long-awaited news was announced on YUSU President Kallum Taylor’s Facebook Page late last night.
The signature event of this year’s Freshers’ Week will be taking place on Heslington East campus for the first time, with a new style described by YUSU as “a non-formal festival theme”.
Taylor said, “We’re buzzing that we’ve got Professor Green to headline Live & Loud. He’s a huge name and that’s exactly what this event needs to really top the show off in style and kick start the year ahead.”
One of the biggest names to perform at the University in recent years, Professor Green has released two successful albums, selling over 100,000 copies of each in the UK alone. The Professor began his rise to fame winning the JumpOff MySpace rap battle in 2008, but after signing to Virgin his single ‘Read All About It’ featuring Emeli Sandé reached number 1 in the UK singles charts last year.
In previous years, restricted capacity at the Freshers’ Ball has led to complaints from ticket holders unable to see the headline acts, but according to YUSU, “With a massive outdoor stage we guarantee that every guest will see all of the headline acts”.
The announcement on Facebook was greeted with excitement, with Robyn Haycock saying “so glad i have a ticket”, and Zisu Andrei saying, “It seems like it’s a boom start. Are you gonna keep it like that the whole year? Hope so”.
Taylor confirmed that two more signed acts would be announced “Over this week and the early bit of next”, adding “There’s a damn good warm up card for it like! Trust me on that!”
A DJ set by Pendulum was announced as the second act at Live & Loud 2012.