Indie rock band Hippo Campus to be Dillo opening act


Source: Paradigm Talent Agency

Hippo Campus. The band is from Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Gabby Birenbaum, Campus Editor

Indie rock band Hippo Campus will be the opening act at Dillo Day, according to a Mayfest release.

Named one of NPR Music’s favorite new artists of 2017, the St. Paul, Minnesota band met at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. Since 2013, the band has released four EPs — 2013’s “Tarzan Reject”, 2014’s “Bashful Creatures”, 2015’s “South” and 2017’s “warm glow” — and two albums — 2017’s “Landmark” and 2018’s “Bambi.” Their most recent album launched an international headlining tour, including a stop at Chicago’s own Riviera Theatre.

On the festival scene, Hippo Campus has performed at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and South by Southwest.

Mayfest concerts committee member Alanna Ramquist said Hippo Campus’ unique sound creates interesting music.

“This dynamic group combines upbeat melodies, raw indie vocals, and catchy lyrics to create a sound that has taken the alternative scene by storm,” Ramquist said in the release.

As the opener, the band joins A$AP Ferg, Anna Lunoe and Daya on Dillo’s main stage.

In the release, Ramquist said Hippo Campus brings both local appeal and great energy.

“As Midwestern natives themselves, the band has gained an especially large Chicago following, and they’ve consistently been one of Dillo’s most-requested artists,” she said. “We are positive that their engaging, energizing set will start the day off strong and set the tone for an unforgettable Dillo! Hope you’re hype, because this performance will be golden.”

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