Football, court and CHVRCHES: Homecoming Weekend 2015

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CHVRCHES, live in Antwerp -- photo by Kmeron
CHVRCHES, live in Antwerp — photo by Kmeron

SCOPE Productions Presents: CHVURCHES

The UI Pentacrest — Friday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m.

The University of Iowa and the undefeated Hawkeyes (5-0) welcome back alumni this Friday, Oct. 9, kicking off a weekend full of events with their annual Homecoming Parade, beginning at 5:45 p.m. To augment one of the University’s most anticipated annual events, UI SCOPE Productions will bring the popular Scottish band CHVRCHES to play a free concert on the Pentacrest Lawn at 8 p.m.

The concert will follow both the parade and homecoming court coronation, a highlight of the Homecoming traditions for many. SCOPE’s choice of electro-pop band CHVRCHES leans bold in comparisons to recent years, which were slotted with 90s alternative bands The Wallflowers and Third Eye Blind.

CHVRCHES’ brand new album, Every Open Eye reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums shortly after its Sept. 25 release. The band’s unique synthesized pop beats blend seamlessly with lead singer Lauren Mayberry’s ethereal, and oftentimes soft, vocals. Their sound is equally dancey and emotional, echoing other electronic chart toppers such as St. Lucia, MS MR, Purity Ring and HAIM. CHVRCHES’ fans and the unfamiliar alike are lucky to have the opportunity to see them play for free this weekend.

In addition to the campus-wide celebrations, many individual UI departments are celebrating in their own way. The College of Public Health will host a pregame breakfast Saturday morning, and the College of Law will hold a pregame cookout, reunion brunch, class dinners and Sunday brunch. For information about other departments’ homecoming events, see the Alumni Association’s website.

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