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PICS: 2017 Sun God Festival

Schoolboy Q, Bad Suns, DJ Mustard, Khalid and more brought UCSD's 2017 Sun God Festival to life on April 29.

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For those that don't know, the Sun God Festival is hosted by University of California San Diego every year -- this year's rendition marked its 35th anniversary (Schoolboy Q pictured mid-flight)!
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The 2017 lineup boasted something for everyone -- its diverse lineup has become a hallmark of the fest (Bad Suns' Christo Bowman pictured).
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Every year, it takes over UCSD's RIMAC field -- and routinely hosts more than 20,000 patrons.
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Couldn't get in? Not surprising: Only undergraduate students enrolled at UC San Diego for at least one quarter during the 2016-2017 school year were eligible to attend. (Kinjaz pictured)
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A limited number of tickets are made available for sale to UC San Diego graduate students -- but other than that, you're out of luck. Thankfully, our photographer Alex Matthews was able to get in and get these rad photos!
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Throughout the festival's existence, it has been continuously reimagined and now features live performances by national touring artists, interactive brand activations, carnival rides and midway games. (Soul/R&B/pop singer Mark Johns pictured)
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The tradition began in 1983 when AS President Henry Chu, came up with the idea for a big bash after visiting UCLA’s spring festival (Mark Johns pictured; she was the first solo singer signed to Skrillex's OWSLA label).
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The first Sun God effort in 1983 was unseasonably washed out and canceled due to rain (DJ Mustard pictured).
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Sun God shined in its 1984 re-debut and the festival has since become a beloved UCSD tradition (DJ Mustard pictured).
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It's one of the biggest events on campus all year long -- something that UCSD's students look forward to.
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Live art is just one of the many attractions during the fest!
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Sun God is more than music festival -- it's a celebration!
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Khalid, one of Sun God's marquee acts, hit the charts with a fury in 2016 with his single "Location." Since then, he's been on several "Artists to Watch" lists from Billboard, Rolling Stone, Buzzfeed, and more.
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The say that the crowd loved his performance would be an understatement.
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In the first week of February 2017, Apple Music named Khalid its New Artist of the Week. He made his television debut performing "Location" on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on March 15, 2017 backed by The Roots.
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When at Sun God...
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Bad Suns handled the indie-pop/rock portion of the fest -- the Woodland Hills-based quartet achieved massive mainstream popularity with the release of their 2014 debut album, "Language & Perspective," which spawned the hits "Salt," "Cardiac Arrest" and "We Move Like the Ocean."
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Schoolboy Q's DJ/hypeman Mackwop got the crowd primed for the hip-hop star.
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The man himself: Schoolboy Q, one of the festival's big headliners, delivered in a huge way. The rapper, who hails from South Central, Los Angeles, is fresh off standout performances at 2017 Coachella. His debut album, 2014's "Oxymoron" and its 2016 follow-up, "Blank Face LP," both topped the charts on release. No wonder he's all smiles!
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Until next year, thanks for the memories Sun God!
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