The 2016 Syracuse Block Party has been announced by the University Union and is set to be held at the Carrier Dome on April 29. Chicago based hip-hop artist Chance The Rapper and New York City’s The Chainsmokers are scheduled to co-headline the event with alternative artist Jon Bellion added to kick things off. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. that Friday and tickets are on-sale now through Ticketmaster. Tickets can be picked up at the ticket booth outside Gate E of the dome starting April 18 at 10 a.m. General public ticket price is $34.
Since forming in 2012, the Chainsmokers have gained heavy momentum with their high-energy electronic music and performances. The DJ duo consists of SU alum Andrew Taggart and New York native Alex Pall. The group’s latest hit “Roses,” from their debut EP Bouguet, has held the No. 1 spot on iTunes in the Electronic/Dance chart for several weeks and they currently have over 2.5 million followers on Facebook. In the Spring of 2013, The Chainsmokers headlined Mayfest, another UU-sponsored event. Fans can see them performing this summer at national events such as Coachella, Hangout Fest, Bonnaroo and at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in September.
Chance The Rapper started his career in early 2011 when he was senior in high school. During a 10-day suspension for possessing marijuana, Chance began recording and producing his first of three mixed tapes, titled 10-Day. Not long after the release in December of 2011, the young rapper began turning heads and attracting listeners. Many critics claimed him to be one of the next top artists to look out for. The Chicago rapper came to Syracuse to headline a sold-out Bandersnatch concert in the fall of 2013, and has had much success since, producing and collaborating with major artists such as Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, and Earth Wind & Fire. Last December, Chance made an appearance on Saturday Night Live performing his hits “Sunday Candy” and “Somewhere In Paradise.”
Long Island based singer, songwriter, and rapper, Jon Bellion is scheduled as the opening act of the event. With his alternative style, Bellion has become increasingly popular and awarded in his career, having worked with Eminem, Rihanna, and Jason Derulo, though he states his biggest inspiration is Kanye West. In 2014, Bellion released his fourth free album titled, The Definition, and went on to headline his own tour. Earlier this year, the young singer released acoustic versions of his own songs, adding a versatile dimension to his own work.