Last Friday was the notoriously belligerent annual Sun God Festival. It is an all day music festival that has been a UCSD tradition since 1984. I actually did the research for an article on the history of Sun God for The Guardian and, while rummaging through archives, I found out some pretty interesting trivia bits. For example, did you guys know that No Doubt performed here back in the 90’s?? At least, this was before they blew up and hit it big, so no one at UCSD back then knew who the hell they were (neither did a tour group of 6th graders whom the other day I tried to impress by sharing that little tidbit. I told you I’m old…) Last year, you may remember we had Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean as headliners, but they went with a more alternative (and old) genre this year. Silversun Pickups? Interesting…
But Sun God is by far the biggest event on campus, as it is the day where all us nerdy UCSD students let loose FOR ONCE in our studious little lives. The tradition goes: start the madness super early and, depending on how well you pace yourself, you may manage to last until the end of the day.
During the “fancy” brunch we decided to throw at my apartment, we set off the smoke alarms at 10 in the morning -____- But right after we fanned our detector enough for it to stop, one of our neighbor’s alarms immediately started up. Figures. Around 5 or so, after hours of (literally) skipping around campus, I actually made my way out to the field to see the performers that no one seemed to really care about this year. I wasn’t very impressed, (other than by Dia Frampton who did a rendition of “The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room” by FOC!!) and was so distracted by everyone I ran into. I actually spent most of my time at the concert searching for more friends in the field, instead of watching the performers.
My roommate said I was like a child that she kept trying to track down, I couldn’t seem to stay in one place for very long all day. I must have been too excited to see people outside of Geisel library! But she finally found me in a circle with Ascension (my old dance team) giggin’ by the performer’s tent. My current and future roommates all decided that we would wear a uniform of Hawaiian shirts, so she was probably able to spot me somewhat easily amongst the sea of Greek drones in bro-tanks and neon trucker hats worn backwards.
After realizing I hadn’t eaten all day, it became an all-out journey to find somewhere that was open late in the booshy, retirement community of La Jolla. We finally settled on some Chinese restaurant in downtown and stuffed our stomachs, only to empty them soon after…Yeah. I was pretty much over Sun God after that.
See you next year Sun God! And once again, next year, can you actually be sunny? That’d be great, kthanks.