Students and the City: A taste of the Sweetlife

Most students by now are familiar with Sweetgreen, the health food restaurant founded in Washington by three college students that recently opened a popular location on Route 1 under the University View apartment complex. The restaurant attracts students who are sick of not being able to identify any of the ingredients in dining hall food (Did anyone see last week’s “chicken parmesan sandwich”? I mean, really).

On April 28, Sweetgreen is presenting its annual event, the Sweetlife Food & Music Festival, which is being called “a party with a purpose.” The event boasts delicious and healthy food, two stages and a combination of headliners that could only be dreamt up after a long night at Cornerstone.

This year, Avicii, Kid Cudi, The Shins, Explosions in the Sky, Fitz and the Tantrums, A$AP Rocky and Fun. will all be gracing Merriweather Post Pavilion’s main stage. The second stage, the Treehouse stage, will showcase less mainstream artists: Twin Shadow, Zola Jesus, Delta Spirit, The Knocks, Rac, U.S. Royality, Yuna, Haim, LP, Action Bronson, Ben Browning and Bluebrain.

Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of the latter half of that list. College is about experiencing new things, music and food being among the easiest. Sweetlife flawlessly combines the two. With such an eclectic mix of house, hip-hop, electro, alternative and rock music, there is definitely something for everyone.

Aside from the awesome music and yummy food, Sweetlife is actually promoting a good cause: sustainability. The event website explains, “Each vendor will provide compostable utensils, cups, and napkins with food and beverages purchased — making it easy for festival foodies to reduce carbon footprints without a second thought.”

So at this point you’re thinking, “OK, what’s the catch?”

There really isn’t one. Sweetlife takes place April 28 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, barely half an hour away. General admission tickets are available for $75 and VIP tickets are available for $125.

— Becky Kaminsky is a freshman journalism major and student blogger for The Diamondback

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