Mayfest announces rock band Young the Giant as Dillo headliner

    Just when I thought life was too short to even care at all - Mayfest announced at the end of Battle of the Bands that Young the Giant will perform as the June 2 nighttime headliner for Dillo Day 2018.

    The Los Angeles band, known for gold-certified singles like “My Body” and “Cough Syrup,” has released the albums Young the Giant (2010), Mind Over Matter (2014) and Home of the Strange (2016). Mind Over Matter lead The New York Times to claim lead singer Sameer Gadhia has “one of the great contemporary rock voices.” The five-man group has collaborated with producers Alex Salibian and Jeff Bhaskar, the 2016 Grammy winner for producer of the year. Recently, their song “Titus was Born” was featured on the Netflix Original Series 13 Reasons Why.

    “Whether you know all their deep cuts, or just their earlier hits, or more recent bangers, or have never heard of them, they have a consistent track record of delivering excellent live sets with a strong, charismatic lead singer, and put on energetic shows that can be widely enjoyed," Mayfest Director of Concerts Grant Pender said.

    I, for one, will be forsaking any semblance of college coolness to relive my angsty middle school days at the Lakefront come June 2. Evanston has felt like a dark world lately, and we all could use a splash of the sun.


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