Benjamin Alec is the next SpringFest artist!

Mackenzie Zent, Opinion editor

The news has dropped, Alec Benjamin is the artist performing at this year’s SpringFest!
When I first heard his name, I had no idea who Benjamin was, but after further investigation I realized I actually do know some of his music. I was pleasantly surprised to find this out because I did not know who Bryce Vine was last year, so I spent some time trying to listen to his more popular
songs so I could recognize them while he performed. No hate to Bryce Vine for that though, he was great last year and really knew how to entertain
a crowd.
If I am being honest, I was not on the edge of my seat waiting to find out who was going to be performing. Of course, I want to be able to listen to the artist’s music so I know it when it is sang, but I like the vibes of SpringFest more. I do not mean this in a mean way, but I do not really care who performs as much as I think it is just fun to be there.
Last year was my first SpringFest because we did not have one my freshman year, so I did not know what to expect. I thought it was funny that they
made us walk through Zurn to get to the parking lot of Warde, it was so sophisticated, which is what made me laugh.
It was very high energy, and it was cool to go to a concert where I did not have to drive or find parking, I could just show up and hang out.
To my surprise, Benjamin has quite a few popular songs. “Water Fountain,” was the one that jumped out at me right away, I have always liked that
song. I think it will be really cool to hear in person, it might even be something I will brag about in the future. The song came out in 2018 but honestly, I thought it had been out for a lot longer.
Another one is “Let Me Down Slowly,” which is another one of his most popular songs. I have heard it many times on TikTok and in edits on Instagram, so was surprised when I found out he sings it.
One song I hope he sings is “If I Killed Someone for You,” because I like the beat of it and I think it is an underrated one by him.
I heard SpringFest is inside this year, which I think fits with the vibe of Alec Benjamin. A lot of his songs are slow and honestly kind of sad, so I am
thinking it will be more of a chill vibe as opposed to the hype vibe last year.
I am kind of disappointed that it is inside because it was really fun outside, but I suppose it works out in case it is still kind of cold or the weather is bad.
Overall, I am excited to have someone I recognize at SpringFest and I am definitely looking forward to it this year. I think Alec Benjamin was a great choice, and I hope he sounds just as good in person as he does on Spotify and Apple Music.
Mark your calendars and clear your schedules; Alec Benjamin will be performing here on April 28 in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center!