On Thursday, February 3, the Stockton Entertainment Team took to Stockton’s Campus Center to reveal this year’s Woodstockton XII Headliner: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.
Dozens of students were gathered as the banner dropped, screaming in joy as gold and green confetti shot into the crowd. The banner boldly revealed that A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie will be playing at the Big Blue Sports Center on April 5, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.
After the reveal, many students could not contain their excitement. Tickets went on sale the next day at 9:00 a.m., and some students already had plans to be the first in line.
“We are so excited. We did not think they [SET] would be able to get A Boogie again,” said Stockton student Keidy Romero, who had been hoping for another performance after COVID-19 interrupted A Boogie’s appearance at Woodstockton in 2020.
“I am very excited for Woodstockton and already purchased my tickets after the reveal! I can’t wait to enjoy a great concert with everyone!” said Nashwa Hanif, a sophomore majoring in Biology.
Lauren Simon, a senior majoring in Communications with a Concentration in Journalism, said she is very excited about the concert.
“I am really excited for Woodstockton because it will be the first in-person one in a while, and this will also be the first one that I have ever gone to! It is an awesome way to get Stockton students together for great music and a great time,” Simon said.
“I was not surprised since they picked him a couple of years ago, so it made sense that they brought him back,” Harvey said.
Political Science Major and senior Sarah Harvey said she was not happy with the pick but felt that she knew it was coming.
While some students were hoping other artists would win, there was still a celebratory feel in the air.
“He [A Boogie] is not necessarily somebody that I look up to as an artist, but I think that it [his music] is obviously popular and I want to learn more about it and I want to get more into it because I am really excited for the experience,” said Senior Natalie Russell, who is a Sociology/Anthropology double major.
“I’m just glad that in two years he has not lost his hoodie!” said History major and Junior Melvin Gonzalez.
The SET team was excited by the turnout and happy to see so many students looking forward to the concert.
SET President Rebecca O’Kane noted that Student Development Advisor Shedia Laguer works with another entertainment company who in turn works with A Boogie’s contractors, and they communicated back and forth to make this show a reality. Since A Boogie had already previously been contracted to perform at Woodstockton in 2020, many students speculated that SET was going to get him back for the in-person performance.
Only O’Kane knew who was going to perform, though. Everyone else on the team is just as surprised as the students are.
“Putting this together and being the only person on my team to know who it was—it was really hard to keep it a secret because I love being honest and open with my team. I obviously couldn’t for this part, but I think it was all worth it in the end because everyone was just as surprised as the students,” O’Kane said.
SET Executive Committee Member and Late Night/Novelty Co-Chair Alex Eckmeder said that the experience of helping put together the reveal was just as exciting as the reveal itself, especially since he did not know who the artist was.
“It was actually really fun, honestly. It is almost like being a professional in a student body, which is kind of neat. I was kind of happy with whoever! I get to meet a celebrity, so it is kind of a neat experience any way you put it,” Eckmeder said.
Tickets for Woodstockton XII are on sale on the Galloway Campus at the Campus Center Information Desk until 7:00pm the night of the show.
Student tickets with ID are $15, Faculty/Staff tickets with ID are $25, Alumni tickets are $25, and General Admission tickets are $30.