Wittenberg University’s annual Wittfest is coming up this weekend on Saturday. Although students seem excited, many are still upset with the headliner.
Wittenberg has not had a Wittfest since 2019 because of cancellations due to COVID-19, so anticipation on who is performing at the 2022 Wittfest has been building all semester. A few weeks ago, the Wittfest artist was finally revealed to students via a silent disco party.
Before students found out, there were many speculations on this year’s performer; From Pitbull, to T-Pain, to Mason Ramsey. Last year, before Wittfest was canceled once again, it was rumored that the artist was going to be Yung Gravy. Yung Gravy’s music is especially popular on TikTok, so students had high hopes that there would be another popular artist to make up for the fact there has not been a Wittfest in years.
However, many students were disappointed to learn this year’s artist is Skizzy Mars. On YikYak, an app popular among college students where they can anonymously write posts for anyone within a five mile radius to see, people were very opinionated with the headliner.
“Who tf is skizzy mars” and “Skizzy Mars’ music makes me cringe so hard” were just a couple of the many anonymously-posted comments about this year’s artist.
But who is Skizzy Mars? The rapper’s real name is Myles Mills, a 28-year-old from Harlem. He has 1.2 million monthly listeners on Spotify, with his most popular song being “Leave Me” (feat. Marc E Bassy), that has 18 million streams. Although he himself isn’t too popular of an artist, he has collaborated with a more well-known rapper, G-Eazy, on his song “Time”.
Wittenberg Union Board posted to their Instagram announcing the headliner, as well as the opening and supporting act, which are Krigarè and Running Lights. The comments on the post have been disabled.
Wittfest will take place this Saturday at 5 p.m in the 1929 gym in the Health, Wellness and Athletics Complex. Skizzy Mars is scheduled to go on stage at 10 p.m. Tickets are free for students, and five dollars for non-students.