As we all know, the LDOC concert last night was too lit, with Daya, Peach Tree Rascals, and most importantly, A$AP Ferg, taking the stage on Abele Quad and throwing the first in-person concert at Duke in 3 years. But was it potentially too lit? The independent party organization All The Thrills (think Michelin awarding the Michelin Star, but for concerts) deemed LDOC 2022 to be one of the “most enthralling events of the decade” and “a sprint into absolute litness,” despite everything student union said about LDOC being a marathon, not a sprint. “The daytime activities were also cool too.”
The concert itself began around 7PM with many students returning home from lab and ready to celebrate together with their fellow friends and random classmates they didn’t know could get lit with at a concert. As the crowd began singing along to Daya and Peach Tree Rascals, the crowd felt vibrant and energized as they let go of all the stress they accumulated over the semester. One observer described the energy of the crowd as “a crisp drink of White Claw.” They also just finished drinking 5 out of the 6 permitted BYO White Claws snuck in via plastic bag. But then the headliner A$AP Ferg took the stage and the crowd erupted in excitement and lost themselves in the trap music.
At one point, the crowd reached peak litness and started singing along in autotune to A$AP Ferg’s album “Still Striving.” Some students began reaching their throats in confusion to what happened to their vocal chords before Ferg played his hit single “Plain Jane” and the crowd went back to mobbing like there was no tomorrow. “See, when the crowd gets into autotune, you know you’ve succeeded as a performer,” All The Thrills writes. “You’ve tuned into their student’s inner energy and turned it into music. Our rreporters have only seen this happen twice at Duke in our 50 years of covering student concerts, the first one of course being the Kanye West LDOC ’04 concert.”
As such, All the Thrills awarded Duke University Union(DUU) the “Unforgettable Night Award”, reserved for only the “most lit of nights,” for its exceptional artist quality, crowd energy, and fun-filled atmosphere. For the seniors that didn’t have an in-person LDOC since May 2019, it was an ultimate fulfillment of all their dreams: to finally vibe to music with their friends in a concert away from their parents. Juniors are already pressuring DUU to keep raising the bar for next year, with one junior saying “If next year’s LDOC isn’t as lit as this, then I’m not graduating.” It was a concert to die for, and that says a lot, given I went to the Travis Scott concert.