Sun God Festival
|Location(s)||UC San Diego|
|Years active||1983 - present|
|Founded by||Associated Students of UCSD|
|Genre||Hip-hop, Rock, EDM|
The Sun God Festival is is an annual campus festival at The University of California, San Diego that usually takes place on the Friday of the seventh week during spring quarter. Beginning in the early afternoon and running throughout the evening until midnight, the festival is produced by the Associated Students Concerts & Events office and paid for by the students with an activity fee. The festival contains a fair, as well as multiple stages which feature art performances, DJ performances, and a mix of underground/indie bands and mainstream groups. All of this occurs on RIMAC Field. The main stage is traditionally opened by the winner of the Battle of the Bands at UCSD.
The festival's name references the Sun God, an on-campus statue by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002). The Sun God was the first contribution to the famous Stuart Collection. The first Sun God Festival coincided with the one-year anniversary of the statue's arrival in 1984. The festival's original location was adjacent to the statue, but it has since grown and moved numerous times, from Price Center to the now-demolished Mile High Field, to its current location on the RIMAC field.
The festival and concert provide an opportunity for students to enjoy themselves after midterm examinations. Campus police, reinforced by other San Diego Police Department officers, join forces with plain clothes officers and random open-container checks in an attempt to counter the surge of underage drinking that typically accompanies the event.
The festival/fair portion of Sun God consists of booths made for the most part by student organizations. Booths are organized into food, information, game, etc. In addition, the Junkyard Derby down hill race typically takes place on the day of the Sun God Festival, where students and faculty alike can form groups to create downhill racers made from old/junkyard parts.
Sun God Festival has consistently drawn more and more attendees in the past few years. This is likely due to the increase in popularity of stage talent, as well as the introduction in 2010 of "Sun God: The Alumni Experience", a program through which former UCSD students are given the opportunity to purchase a ticket to the festival and VIP events. In 2011, student wristband distribution, which begins a day before the festival and is on a first-come first-served basis, saw all 17,000 wristbands claimed in under 8 hours.
- 1983 - Sparks
- 1985 - Los Lobos 
- 1990 - The Call
- 1991 - The Beat Farmers, The Untouchables 
- 1992 - Blur, Senseless Things, Food For Fleet, Flatten Manhattan 
- 1993 - Blues Traveler, Gin Blossoms, Blacksmith Union 
- 1994 - They Might Be Giants, No Doubt, Frente!, Brian Dewan 
- 1995 - The Pharcyde, 311, B-Side Players, Oversoul, DJ Greyboy 
- 1996 - Rocket from the Crypt, Souls of Mischief, Buck-O-Nine 
- 1997 - De La Soul, Save Ferris, Clyde's Ride, Switchfoot, DJ DIEM 
- 1998 - Social Distortion, The Roots, d.f. Rost 
- 1999 - Cypress Hill, Reel Big Fish, Black Eyed Peas 
- 2000 - Dishwalla, Rahzel, The Aquabats, F.o.N.
- 2001 - Naughty By Nature, Face To Face, XZIBIT 
- 2002 - Cake, No Use For A Name 
- 2003 - Mos Def, Bad Religion, Kinky, White Starr, Maxeen 
- 2004 - Busta Rhymes, Goldfinger, The Dandy Warhols, Stellastarr, Moving Units, The Bronx 
- 2005 - Ludacris, Phantom Planet, Damian Marley with Stephen Marley, Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Walkmen, Rufio 
- 2006 - My Chemical Romance, Cypress Hill, Talib Kweli, No Use For A Name, Bedouin Soundclash, Ozma, Boy Sets Fire, Versus The Mirror 
- 2007 - T.I., Ozomatli, Third Eye Blind, Ben Kweller, Fifty On Their Heels, High Tide, Busdriver, Self Against City, Meho Plaza 
- 2008 - Coheed and Cambria, Sean Kingston, Matt Costa, Say Anthing, Living Legends, Richard Vission, The Aquabats, Little Brother, Sleepercar, Lady Dottie & The Diamonds, The Muslims, DJ Artistic, The Drowning Men, The Modlins, Bill Magee Blues Band, Radio Racer, Neon Trees, The Frantic Romantic, Masterpiece 
- 2009 - N*E*R*D, Iron & Wine, Girl Talk, Motion City Soundtrack, Sara Bareilles, Augustana, The Cool Kids, Grand Ole Party, Rootbeer, DJ Nu-Mark, Nosaj Thing, Anavan; Nooners: Iglu & Hartly, Rob Crow, Dear And The Headlights, Lady Dottie & The Diamonds, The Shys, The Pheromones, Crash Kings, Wizard Wolves 
- 2010 - Drake, Michelle Branch, Z-Trip, Relient K, Thrice, B.o.B, Crash Kings, The Parson Red Heads, Designer Drugs, Skeet Skeet, Robbed By Robots 
- 2011 - Wiz Khalifa, Jimmy Eat World, Mike Posner, Crystal Castles, JFK of MSTRKRFT, Best Coast, Big Sean, LA Riots, Kill The Noise, Ocelot 
- 2012 - Silversun Pickups, Paul Van Dyk, Chiddy Bang, Ra Ra Riot, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tommy Trash, Dia Frampton, Murs, Tokimonsta, Clockwork, Oliver, Yacek 
- 2013 - Kendrick Lamar, Porter Robinson, Portugal. The Man, Andrew McMahon, Danny Brown, Adrian Lux, Youngblood Hawke, RAC, DJ Geo-D, IndO 
- 2014 - Diplo, Young the Giant, Juicy J, New Politics, The Colourist, Joey Bada$$, Ty Dolla $ign, Audien, Torro Torro, 2ToneDisco, Jhameel 
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