Students flocked by the thousands into Harder Stadium yesterday for the chance to see hip hop legend Snoop Dogg along with a variety of other top performers such as DJ Wolfgang Gartner and reggae band Iration at Extravaganza 2012.
Hosted by Associated Students Program Board, the event drew a steady influx of attendees and also featured art showcases, student group booths and a midfield plat- form of go-go dancers. Local band The Fire Department took the stage after 1 p.m., followed by Surfer Blood, Iration, Wolgang Gartner and finally Snoop Dogg, who drew the largest crowd with students swarming toward the stage as he came out to greet his fans.
Snoop’s performance — which featured a costumed “Snoop Dog” carrying the obligatory giant blunt — kept his enthusiastic audience grooving with more stage energy than past headliners, according to second-year global studies major Ernesto Morales.
“There were so [many] more people than last year,” Morales said. “The atmosphere was definitely different; Cee Lo [Green] was not as engaging as Snoop Dogg.”
According to third-year theater major Erin Pettigrew, the Long Beach native’s performance made for one of the most successful festivals since 2009.
“This was probably the best since Ludacris,” Pettigrew said. “It was something that not only the students wanted to go to; I heard even, like, workers at Freebirds and Rosarito asking if outsiders could go.”
While most students seemed satisfied with the much- anticipated headliner, other artists such as Wolfgang Gartner did not draw the same enthusiasm from attend- ees. The electro-house artist began his set with an ener- getic crowd, but many agreed that as the set wore on, his song choices became predictable.
Third-year political science major Steven Zavala said although he did not find Gartner’s performance to be the best of the event, the audience seemed altogether content.
“He was good,” Zavala said. “I felt like his selection was kind of repetitive, like the same style of songs. I kind of expected that going into it, but the crowd was loving it.”
First-year political science major Lauren Pierce agreed that the DJ still managed a pretty enlivening performance overall and built anticipation to the Dogg’s performance.
“I really liked how Iration played their most famous songs,” Pierce said. “I thought they did it well live, and they were really good. Wolfgang Gartner was the same. Although I didn’t like his set, he played a lot of his most famous songs, and his performance was a good transi- tion to Snoop Dogg because it built up the energy of the crowd.”
Rilla Peng contributed to this article.