Neon Trees and GROUPLOVE headline first Rock the Bluff since 2019

Tickets can be picked up for free starting next Friday

By William Seekamp | March 11, 2022 1:38pm
Students hold up the 2022 Rock the Bluff announcement display in the academic quad.
Media Credit: Marek Corsello / The Beacon

Neon Trees, GROUPLOVE and RemK are coming to the Chiles Center on March 26 for the tenth annual Rock the Bluff and the first since 2019. It will be the first major event Campus Program Board (CPB) has hosted since Into the Jungle last fall after Dance of the Decades was canceled because of surging COVID-19 cases.

“I feel like it's gonna be very nostalgic,” Campus Program Board Director Jessica Cramm said. “No matter one's music tastes, they're going to know the artist or at least a couple of their songs.”

Neon Trees’ most well known songs are “Everybody Talks” and “Animal” and GROUPLOVE’s is “Tongue Tied.” 

This year's concert will look different from its last iteration with masks being required, regardless of the decision UP makes, no guest tickets being offered and three artists instead of two.

There will be around 2,500 total tickets — around 1,600 on the floor tickets and 900 in the second level mezzanine — 300 less than capacity.

Tickets — all of which are free — will be offered at the Chiles Center box office from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 18 and March 21-25 and on March 19 at Pilots After Dark from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

“If you're worried about getting a ticket or if you really want to be on the floor come Friday, because we cannot make any promises that we'll have floor tickets by the end of Friday,” Cramm said.

The event typically represents the end of a long year, but for Cramm, the only member of CPB to experience a RTB, and the rest of CPB, the concert is the culmination of more than six months of preparation and behind the scenes work.

“This concert has so much emotion tied to it for all of us,” Cramm said. “I think once the first artist starts we're all just gonna lose it. We're gonna be so happy.”

“It’s a celebration for what we've been able to do and what we've been able to get through over these past two years,” Cramm said.

Rock the Bluff will take place on March 26 and is free to all students.

William Seekamp is the News and Managing Editor of The Beacon. He can be reached at