Mississippi State University’s Music Maker Productions announced the headliner for their spring concert: X Ambassadors. Located at the MSU Horse Park, the concert is scheduled with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. and the show starting at 8:00 p.m. Feb. 22.
Tickets are on sale on the first floor of the Colvard Student Union during week days, and are also available online at www.msuconcerts.org. The cost is $20.00 for students and $25.00 for the community, but the discounted tickets are selling fast and are not expected to last much longer.
Bailey Berry, the Music Makers Productions publicity chair, said she is hopeful for a sold-out show since the X Ambassadors seem to have a large following on campus due to their unique yet pop-like sound.
"Tickets were released Tuesday, and we have had a really great turnout, especially in regard to our student tickets," Berry said.
Berry said the team considers many factors when deciding on which artist to select for their spring concert.
"When Music Maker Productions looks at booking musicians, our main consideration is what we think students want to see, or what genre we haven’t looked at recently," Berry said.
A major factor in picking an artist is making sure the artist can bring something fun and fresh to the Starkville community. The X Ambassadors opened for Bulldog Bash in 2015, but since then, the band has grown their following significantly.
"Music Makers has had such a great feedback from the community regarding X Ambassadors' return, and many are looking forward to the band’s return," Berry said.
Natasha Wilson, an MSU junior, said she is excited for the X Ambassadors to come to Starkville.
"I bought my ticket the first day they were available because I’ve been a fan of the band for years," Wilson said.
Wilson and many others are surprised to see such a popular band come to a small Mississippi town like Starkville.
"I hope they sing my favorite song, 'Unsteady,' and I will be there front row with my friends on Feb. 22," Wilson said.
Last year’s spring concert at the MSU Horse Park was a sold-out show, and featured rapper A$AP Ferg. The venue was a hit with the crowd because of the space, but it was very muddy due to the weather on the previous day.
Since the MSU Horse Park is convenient for students and the community as it is within close proximity to campus, Berry said they decided to continue to host their concerts at this location, despite the issues with mud.
"We got such great feedback regarding the venue, we decided to go back again this year," Berry said. "It’s a really fun venue that provides a great experience for the audience."
Chris Paul, an MSU sophomore who went to the A$AP Ferg concert last spring, said he thinks the X Ambassadors will be a better fit, since the band is more popular.
"I liked A$AP Ferg as an artist and his music, but unfortunately, I don’t think many others in the crowd were fans," Paul said. "But X Ambassadors is way more well known, so this year should be way more successful."
For further information and updates on the tickets, follow Music Maker Productions on their Twitter and Instagram accounts @Music_Maker.