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End of An Era: No Live Music For Howard’s 2014 Yardfest

Howard University students, alumni and supporters looking to turn up for during Howard’s annual Yardfest will have to do so without live music. The Washington Post says the school’s homecoming reunion/concert, slated for Oct. 17, will not feature live music this year.

“There will be a major change to Howard University’s homecoming this year. Yardfest, an annual staple highlighted by a concert that has featured many of hip-hop’s biggest names, will not include live musical performances. In their place will be sets by celebrity DJs Biz Markie, DJ Quicksilva and DJ Drama. A separate hip-hop concert featuring rappers Dom Kennedy, Fabolous and others will be held at the D.C. Armory the next day, Oct. 18.”

This announcement comes after last year’s crowd-control fiasco, which resulted in multiple injuries when folks tried to bumrush the entrance.

Another change from last year’s concert will be the removal of the $5 entrance fee.

Howard’s Yardfest is a staple of the school’s ever-popular homecoming festivities, which are as much a regional hip-hop event as it is a reunion for alumni. It’ll be interesting to see how the Howard faithful respond to the change, despite the aforementioned crowd control issues.


// One of the recent highlights occurred in 2012 when Drake arrived and the crowd went crazy.

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