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Turning up the HEAT at Homecoming

UC Riverside Announces HEAT 2008 Festival

Festival Line-up features 311, Mos Def and prominent Nightclub DJs

(January 24, 2008)

Last year's festival drew 6,000 people.  Enlarge

Last year's festival drew 6,000 people.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- The UC Riverside Student Commons has announced plans for the follow-up to last year’s highly successful HEAT festival which will be taking place on Saturday, Feb. 23, and tickets must be purchased in advance. Last year's festival attracted well over 6,000 students and concert-goers from all over Southern California.

HEAT 2008, which will take place on the UCR campus, is expected to attract over 14,000 attendees. It will feature multi-platinum rock band 311 along with Grammy-nominated rapper Mos Def and a DJ set by electronica maestro Moby. Also set to perform at HEAT: critically acclaimed hip-hop duo Clipse (featuring Re-Up Gang), Monte Negro, a DJ set by mash-up master Girl Talk, the hip-hop fused Afrobots, and progressive rock band Circa Survive. HEAT will also feature some of today’s hottest electro and indie DJ acts such as: the U.S. debut of ‘Lies In Disguise’ (Blake Miller of Moving Units & Le Castle Vania), L.A. Riots, Low B, Villains, DJ Morsy.

The newly expanded event will feature three venues: two full-sized stages and a large dance tent in which attendees will enjoy live music with nightclub-inspired lighting and sound. In keeping with the festival atmosphere of HEAT, the event will also feature a wide variety of local food and drink vendors.

“The HEAT Festival represents the diversity and energy of the students at UC Riverside,” says fourth-year Political Science major and Event Coordinator Gurpreet Sangha.

The event starts at 6 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets cost $42.50 for the general audience and are available at Ticketmaster. UCR students with identification are already claiming the 6,000 free tickets available from the campus Commons. After those are gone, students, faculty, staff and alumni of UCR can buy tickets at $25.50 through the UCR Fine Arts Ticket office.

311 will be one of the featured performersEnlarge

311 will be one of the featured performers

A DJ set by electronica maestro Moby is set for this year's festivalEnlarge

A DJ set by electronica maestro Moby is set for this year's festival

Mos Def will be featured.

Mos Def will be featured.

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