Walk In Lay Down

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Walk In Lay Down (commonly referred to as WILD[1]) is a biannual concert event held in the Brookings Quadrangle at Washington University in St. Louis and has been a campus tradition since its inception in 1973. WILD, produced by the WUSTL Social Programming Board, is sponsored by the Washington University Student Union and is the largest student run event at the university.[2] WILD is free to university students and faculty and has rooted itself in the campus culture as an exciting time of the semester for students of the university to get together and celebrate free live music, food, and friends.


WILD was first held in 1973 and was originally presented as a movie screening event. Around the 1980s, the event then expanded to incorporate musical acts to accompany the movies. By the early 1990s, the movies were dropped altogether and WILD became the music festival that it is now.[3]

The concert is named for an old tradition in which students would bring sofas into the quad and lie on them while watching the performances. Although this tradition is no longer allowed, in Fall 2007 the university permitted that inflatable couches be allowed in the quad during the concert in an attempt to revive the tradition.[4]

In 2013, production of WILD was passed on from student group Team 31 Productions to the WUSTL Social Programming Board.

Due to the university hosting the second 2016 presidential candidate debate on October 9th, Fall WILD 2016 was cancelled.[5]

Past WILD performers[edit]

The following is a chronology of past WILD performers.[6] [7]

Semester Headliner Other Performer(s)
Fall 2018 Carly Rae Jepsen Tinashe
Spring 2018 Young the Giant Dizzy Wright, Molly Kate Kestner
Fall 2017 Lil Dicky ARIZONA, Lizzo
Spring 2017 Jason Derulo Natalie La Rose, Vanic
Spring 2016 The All-American Rejects The Knocks
Fall 2015 Kygo Magic Man
Spring 2015 Mac Miller Botnek, Clockwork DJ
Fall 2014 Icona Pop GRiZ, Five Knives, Lowell
Spring 2014 Childish Gambino 3LAU
Fall 2013 Chance the Rapper Karmin
Spring 2013 Atmosphere Mat Kearney, Yeasayer
Fall 2012 Wolfgang Gartner Popeska, Pierce Fulton
Spring 2012 Fitz and The Tantrums Dum Dum Girls
Fall 2011 Mike Posner The White Panda, Moosh and Twist
Spring 2011 Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Flying Lotus
Fall 2010 Wale Amanda Blank, Major Lazer
Spring 2010 Cold War Kids Shwayze, Sobriquet
Fall 2009 Method Man and Redman Passion Pit, K'naan
Spring 2009 The Black Keys The Cool Kids, B.o.B, Filligar
Fall 2008 Talib Kweli David Banner, Little Brother, Kid Sister, Nite Owl, Maromio
Spring 2008 George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars Under the Influence of Giants, Will Hoge
Fall 2007 Lupe Fiasco DJ Unk, Sugarhill Gang, Kid Beyond
Spring 2007 OK GO Reel Big Fish, Cut Chemist
Fall 2006 Guster Rahzel, Eliot Morris
Spring 2006 Ben Folds Matt Nathanson, Duncan Sheik, The Feed
Fall 2005 Lil' Jon & the Eastside Boyz Lil' Scrappy, The Quor, Stevie Stone, Toyy
Spring 2005 Robert Randolph & the Family Band Sister Hazel, Michael Kelsey, The Hatch
Fall 2004 Ozomatli Nappy Roots, Murphy Lee
Spring 2004 Live Lucky Boys Confusion, Ingram Hill, The Hatch
Fall 2003 Busta Rhymes Talib Kweli, Sac Lunch
Spring 2003 Better Than Ezra Tony Lang Band, Sac Lunch
Fall 2002 The Black Eyed Peas
Spring 2002 Jurassic 5 Everclear
Fall 2001 Benefit for 9/11
Spring 2001 Crazy Town Eve 6, Saliva
Fall 2000 The Roots Javier Mendoza Band
Spring 2000 Outkast Dispatch
Fall 1999 G. Love & Special Sauce Argonaut Tour, Nathanael’s Creed
Spring 1999 They Might Be Giants The Coup
Fall 1998 King Floyd
Spring 1998: Stir The Getaway People, Original Blunted Soldier, Orange Tree
Fall 1997 Arrival of kman! Rondo’s Blues Deluxe, Five Star and the Inhalations
Spring 1997 The Samples The Scofflaws, The Guts
Fall 1996 Souls of Mischief Isaac Green and the Skalars
Spring 1996 Porno for Pyros The Roots
Fall 1995 Guided by Voices Man or Astroman, Poster Children, Trouser
Spring 1995 The Pharcyde Lowey Bridge
Fall 1994 Morphine Veruca Salt, Reggae at Will, The Charles Minnow Experience
Spring 1994 Lords of the Underground El Caribe Tropical, Luna
Fall 1993 They Might Be Giants Pere Ubu, Mercy Me
Spring 1993 Widespread Panic Flowerhead, Wagon
Fall 1992 The Spin Doctors
Spring 1992 A Tribe Called Quest
Fall 1991 Warren Zevon Trip Shakespeare, Movie: Silence of the Lambs
Spring 1991 De La Soul Main Source, Dry Bachelors
Fall 1990 Henry Lee Sumner
Spring 1990 The BoDeans Evil Sulu, Pedestrians
Fall 1989 The Romantics Movie: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Spring 1989 The Risk Movie: Silence of the Lambs
Fall 1988 The Romantics Three Merry Widows, Movie: Ghostbusters
Spring 1988 Otis Day and the Knights Alazone, The Happy Children, Movie: The Sure Thing
Fall 1987 Steve Earle & The Dukes The Stranded Lads, Movie: The Blues Brothers
Spring 1987 Jason and the Scorchers Rondo's Blues Deluxe, Comedian Eric Kornfeld, Movie-Ferris Bueler's Day Off
Fall 1986 The Busboys Kool Ray and the Polaroidz, Movie: An American Werewolf in London
Spring 1986 Dickey Betts, Gregg Allman Jake's Leg, Movie: Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke
Fall 1985 Pure Prairie League Movie: Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Spring 1984 Chuck Berry REM (in Graham Chapel)
Fall 1984 The Guess Who
Spring 1981 U2 (in Graham Chapel)

Other Performers[edit]

The following musical acts have also performed at WILD:[6]

Commentary on name[edit]

Student Life, the university's newspaper, published an op-ed which pointed out that the name Walk In, Lay Down is not grammatically correct.[8]

See also[edit]

Campus life at Washington University in St. Louis


  1. ^ Definition of Walk In, Lay Down
  2. ^ The WUSTL page on USNews college rankings. WILD is mentioned under "Most popular cultural and campus events".
  3. ^ "#tbt: A WILD history". Student Life. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  4. ^ Student Life - New WILD policies cause mixed reactions
  5. ^ "Fall WILD likely canceled due to debate logistics". Student Life. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b Past Bands at WILD
  7. ^ Fall 1985 to Spring 1990 added June 4, 2010 by Scott Keller WU EN 90 and former Team 31 leader
  8. ^ "How to get properly laid at W.I.L.D.: A grammatical guide".

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