Kesha to headline UA’s Springtime of Youth festival

The 2019 Springtime of Youth music festival lineup is out.

The University of Arkansas Headliners Committee on Thursday announced that two-time Grammy nominee Kesha will headline this year’s event, along with rapper Pusha T and indie pop band Smallpools.

Local artists Jerles and Witchsister will also perform at the festival, set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

The annual event debuted in 2015 as an alternative to the committee’s typical semester concerts held at Barnhill Arena. The inaugural event took place over two consecutive days, but was converted to a single-day event in 2016.

Past performers include Galantis, Bleachers, Lil Dicky, Big Sean, Young the Giant, Caitlyn Smith, Diplo, Wiz Khalifa, Børns, Mutemath, Moxie Raia, MisterWives, and others.

Student tickets are free, and will be available to reserve beginning at 12 p.m. March 30 at the Office of Student Affairs website. General public tickets go on sale April 3 for $30 plus fees through the Walton Arts Center.

Concert Information

Parking and shuttles
Limited parking will be available at the venue. Shuttles will begin running at 2:15 p.m. from Lot 40 in front of Hotz Hall and will run continuously throughout the event.

From I-49 take exit 67A to Highway 112. Turn South onto N. Garland/Highway 112. Turn right onto W. Drake at stoplight, then follow left curve onto McConnell Road. The Washington County Fairgrounds is on the right, atop the hill.

Concert attendees will NOT be able to re-enter if they leave during the concert.

Food trucks will offer a limited amount of food for purchase at the event.

Items NOT Allowed
Organizers will follow the University of Arkansas’ Department of Athletics policy on items that are not allowed in the concert venue. Those items include: Food and beverage (including alcohol), baby seats/baby strollers, selfie sticks, coolers/thermal containers, weapons (of any kind), all tobacco products (including e-cigarettes), umbrellas, drones, laser pointers, video cameras, noise makers

Permitted Items
Permitted items include clear totes (plastic, vinyl, or pvc and no larger than 12″ x 12″ x 6″; logos no larger than 4.5″ x 3.4″ may be displayed on one side) OR plastic storage bags (no larger than 1 gallon, re-sealable, clear) plus a clutch purse (with or without a strap, no larger than 4.5″ x 6.5″), stadium seats (without arms or pockets, less than 16″ wide) , tablets, water bottles (clear, empty, 20 oz or less), binoculars (no case), camera (6″ lens or less, no case), service dogs (trained to aid with a disability), medically necessary items

Organizers will monitor the weather and if any severe weather occurs will follow evacuation procedures directed by security personnel.

For event updates please follow Headliners Concert Committee social media accounts: @ua_headliners on Instagram and Twitter, or

Source: UA Division of Student Affairs

Kesha – Here Comes The Change

Pusha T – If You Know You Know

Smallpools – Dreaming