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2007 Sun God Concert - T.I. on stage
2007 Sun God Concert - T.I. on stage

The Sun God Festival is an annual campus festival at the University of California, San Diego that usually takes place the sixth or seventh week of the spring quarter. Put on by the Associated Students Programming office and paid for by the students with an "activity fee" assessed to tuition, the festival is marked by a festival/fair during the day and a large concert at night on RIMAC field, usually featuring a mix of underground/indie bands and one or two headlining mainstream groups.[1] The concert is traditionally kicked off by the winner of the Battle of the Bands at UCSD.[2] The University of California, San Diego (popularly known as UCSD, or sometimes UC San Diego) is a highly selective, research-oriented[1] public university located in La Jolla, a seaside resort community of San Diego, California. ...

In recent years the concert has become the dominant event of the festival, and has grown popular enough to headline groups such as Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Social Distortion, Gwen Stefani, and My Chemical Romance. The 2007 concert, held on May 18, was headlined by T.I. and Third Eye Blind.[3] Luda redirects here. ... Trevor Smith (born on May 20, 1972), better known as Busta Rhymes, is an American hip hop musician and actor. ... Social Distortion (sometimes referred to simply as Social D) is a seminal punk rock band formed in 1978 in Orange County, California. ... Gwen Renée Stefani (born October 3, 1969) (pronounced [1]), is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and occasional actress. ... My Chemical Romance are an American rock band formed in 2001. ... is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the musician. ... Third Eye Blind (frequently abbreviated 3eb) is aalternative rock band formed in the early 1990s in San Francisco. ...

The festival's name references the Sun God, an on-campus statue by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). The Sun God was the first contribution to the famous Stuart Collection. The first Sun God Festival coincided with the one year anniversary of the statue's arrival in 1984.[4][5] The festival's original location was adjacent to the statue, but it has since moved numerous times, from Price Center to the now-demolished Mile High Field, to its current location on the RIMAC field. The Sun God statue. ... Niki de Saint Phalle Niki de Saint Phalle, born Catherine-Marie-Agnès Fal de Saint Phalle (October 29, 1930 - May 22, 2002) was a French sculptor, painter, and film maker. ... The Sun God statue by Niki de Saint Phalle was the first Stuart Collection installation. ... This article is about the year. ...

The festival and concert provide an excuse for students on what many consider a socially dead campus[6] to finally let loose following their midterms with binge drinking, psychoactive substance abuse, and public displays of affection.[7] Campus police, reinforced by other San Diego Police Department precincts, step up enforcement with plain clothes officers and random open-container checks.[8]

The festival/fair portion of Sun God consists of booths made for the most part by student organizations. Booths are organized into food, information, game, etc. In addition to the booths the festival/fair portions of Sun God holds the traditional Junkyard Derby down hill race, where students, faculty, and any combination of the two can form groups to create downhill racers made from old/junkyard parts.[2]


  1. ^ Coddon, David. "Get ready to partaaaaay!", San Diego Union Tribune, November 8, 2001. Retrieved on April 29, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b @UCSD: Celebrating Our Sun God
  3. ^ Wilson, Simone. "Sun God 2007", UCSD Guardian, May 3, 2007. Retrieved on May 3, 2007. 
  4. ^ Pincus, Robert. "The 20th anniversary of UCSD's Stuart Collection celebrates a grand experiment in public art", San Diego Union Tribune, October 28, 2001. Retrieved on April 29, 2007. 
  5. ^ Williams, Jack. "James DeSilva; visionary collector of art for UCSD", San Diego Union Tribune, September 14, 2002. Retrieved on April 29, 2007. 
  6. ^ http://regionalworkbench.org/sprofiles/sp_detail.php?id=405
  7. ^ http://www.ucsdguardian.org/cgi-bin/news?art=2006_05_22_06
  8. ^ http://ucsdguardian.org/viewarticle.php?story=opinion02&year=2007&month=05&day=24

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  • @UCSD: Celebrating our Sun God
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