Published: Aug. 16, 2023 By

Program Council’s back-to-school event is back and better than ever before. With the excitement buzzing in the air of a new school, we are happy to announce that Hippie Sabotage will headline WelcomeFest this year, supported by Mike Dimes, with opener No Thanks and local artists Crash G, Don Jamal and Gano.

The concert will take place on Saturday, Aug. 26, on Farrand Field. Doors are scheduled to open at 5 p.m., with music beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is free to all CU Boulder students who provide their Buff OneCard at wristband locations, including first-year students, transfer students, returning students, graduate students and law students. 

Wristbands, which are needed for entry to the event, will be distributed beginning at 11 a.m. on Aug. 26 at Farrand Field, the UMC Arcade, Kittredge Central Hall and the Williams Village Center Dining and Community Commons. No re-entry will be allowed once attendees enter the venue and leave. 

If you go

Who: All students
What: WelcomeFest 2023
When: Saturday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m.
Where: Farrand Field


Wristbands will be distributed beginning at 11 a.m. at Farrand Field, the UMC Arcade, Kittredge Central Hall and the Village Center.

​ Event policies

Attendees can expect airport-like security. No bags larger than 4.5" x 6.5" will be allowed; all bags within this size range will be subject to search. Additional event policies include no skateboards, no weapons (including concealed carry), no professional photography or videography, no alcohol or illegal drugs, and no glass or metal water bottles. Empty plastic water bottles are allowed, as are factory-sealed, unopened plastic single-use, non-alcoholic beverages. Water bottle refill stations will be available at the event.

Headliner: Hippie Sabotage

Hippie Sabotage is a Sacramento-born, Los Angeles-based production duo made up of brothers Kevin and Jeff Saurer. The duo got their start as bedroom producers in middle school after obsessing over the music used in their favorite skateboarding videos.

In 2014, Hippie Sabotage skyrocketed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart after releasing their remix of Tove Lo’s “Habits Stay High” and have since surpassed over a billion Spotify streams. In 2019, Hippie Sabotage performed at festivals including Austin City Limits, Made In America, Day N Vegas, Bumbershoot, Electric Forest, Corona Capital, Splash House and more. The duo has played at Colorado's beloved Red Rocks Ampitheatre several times.

Their sound is rooted in electronic music, but it takes cues from hip-hop, psych rock and chillwave, all pulled together by Jeff’s killer guitar skills and Kevin’s explosive personality on stage.

Mike Dimes

Mike Dimes is a San Antonio, Texas-based rapper most recognized for his use of storytelling and heavy beats in his work. With poetic influences of A$AP Rocky and Tupac, combined with the personality of artists like Kanye West, his career has skyrocketed over the past three years. His songs “My Story” and “No Trends” have helped him achieve almost 3 million monthly listeners on Spotify, which named him as one of the 10 Most Necessary Artists to Watch in 2022. This year, he performed at the Rolling Loud Miami music festival.

No Thanks

No Thanks is a house music group comprised of Giuliano Rascan and Dejan Zoric, both from Canada. The pair bring a unique, high-energy and fresh sound to the dance music scene, which has gained them support from mainstage acts and top record labels including Insomniac Records, Space Yacht Records, Tchami’s Confession Records and more.

About WelcomeFest

The WelcomeFest concert is Program Council’s largest event of the school year. The concert welcomes in the new school year with live music and is considered a fall semester highlight for many. 

Program Council is a student-run department of the Center for Student Involvement that is funded entirely by student fees allocated through the University of Colorado Boulder Student Government (CUSG). Established in 1953, Program Council provides affordable, high-quality, face-rocking, entertainment and professional event support for the Boulder campus community.