Mayfest 2018

On April 27th from 1PM-6PM come celebrate the end of the year in Walnut Park. Check out the artists and activities that will be at Mayfest 2018. Please find contact information at the bottom of the page. 

Get to Know Your Mayfest 2018 Artists

2017 continues to be a breakout year for the newcomer Detroit singer/songwriter, Quinn XCII. With his ability to seamlessly blur the lines between pop, electronic, hip-hop, and soul music, he has quickly paved his own lane with his unique sound. With over 70 shows across the country under his belt in 2016, he has become known by fans for his live show. In the Spring of 2017 he went on his first sold-out headline tour through the east and west coast, straight into summer festivals. Quinn XCII’s debut album “The Story of Us” was released on September 15 via Columbia Records. The album is led by his rising single “Straightjacket,” which was named SoundCloud’s “Song of the Month” and reached #3 on SoundCloud’s Pop chart;; at Spotify, “Straightjacket” has been streamed more than 18 million times around the globe, with 2.8 million monthly listeners. His first nationwide headline tour directly to follow the album release is nearly sold out, and Quinn XCII is bound to finish off the year in a big way.

All one needs is a single video to breakthrough. That’s proven out since the 80s with MTV and it continues to prove true in the YouTube generation of the 2010s. YBN Nahmir is witnessing that fact first hand after the rapid viral success of his song “Rubbin Off The Paint.” It was uploaded in early September 2017, but within a couple weeks, the video was on Worldstar and on its way to its first million views. Fast forward only a few weeks later and the video has eclipsed 40 million views while racking up over 10 million streams on Spotify, numbers that earned it the #79 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the #33 spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart upon its chart debut. Vince Staples recorded a freestyle over "Rubbin Off The Paint" and he even got a shout out from Chris Brown. He’s released a number of singles “I Got A Stick” and remixes (“Gucci Gang,” “The Race”) since the burst of success of his initial single and they have gone on to rack up millions of plays. Though he's still in the initial honeymoon of viral success, there are already the signs of a long career.

Beginning her career in the summer of 2014, Orange Calderón sprung on the scene with a calm sense of urgency. In 2 short years, she’d covered most of the Continental US, opened for megastar artists including Skrillex & Outkast, played in 8 countries abroad, & begun hosting celebrity interviews on her personal Dash Radio, show “The Juice.” In December of 2016 Orange became the first woman to champion a national competition in the DJ field, taking home the title at McDonald’s x Complex’s Annual ‘Flavor Battle’ DJ Tournament. The following February she was named among the “DeLeón 100,” a curated list of music industry trailblazers identified by Sean “Diddy” Combs in partnership with Billboard. She’s continued to blaze those trails, DJing in a national Jeep Commercial, Host DJing several Season 1 episodes of VH1’s “Hiphop Squares,” creative consulting on popular award shows, and being the first female to curate for TIDAL’s “DJ Selector” Series, and Serato’s “Serato Cast” Series.

Mayfest Activities

This year's Mayfest will feature the following in addition to live music: 


Mayfest Contact Information 

For questions regarding the entertainment, activities, or press please contact:                                                                   Keely Higgins, Director of Public Relations, at

For questions regarding guest tickets, beverage bracelets, IDs, and parking please click below:       

Syracuse University Mayfest Website

Or contact                                                                                                                                                                                          Bridget Yule, Director of Student Centers and Programming Services                                                              David Pennock, Associate Director of Student Centers and Programming Services