CSUN's Big Show Concert
NORTHRIDGE, CA—Senior Producer of the Associated Students, Austin Hidalgo has produced the Big Show event for CSUN students since 2012. There are multiple producers who contribute and take on their own roles. Year after year there may be a new game plan, but the main objective stays the same. That is to make the event bigger than the year before.
The Big Show is modeled after other concert events. At the same time, it’s tailored for CSUN’s audience.
The producers find ways to take key elements from other successful concerts to help build the best experience possible for those in attendance.
“We get inspiration from other concerts, but we don’t do this event to compete. We do it how we want,” said Austin Hidalgo.
Hidalgo presented a confident demeanor when talking about his team’s plans for this year’s Big Show. On one side, there’s a production team composed of students who believe they have an idea of what artists students want to see.
On the other side, there are those students who believe the event doesn’t accurately depict what they want in terms of artists.
“I think that the event doesn’t give students the opportunity to choose who we want to see perform,” said CSUN student Robert Paiva.
Music is subjective, and that has a lot to do with how many people will purchase a ticket and attend the event. If the students don't like the performers then chances are they won’t care for the event.
Hidalgo took this into consideration and understood that it may be a factor the producers can’t control.
“I would love to book artists that I want to really see, but sometimes those artists aren’t the safest. They also may be out of our budget,” Hidalgo said.
Planning the safest event is a top priority.
According to the Sundial, 2011’s Big Show event had a total of seven alcohol-related incidents during the show. This skyrocketed to 25 alcohol related incidents by the 2013 Big Show event. These incidents led to a sexual assault and safety issues that had to be monitored by CSUN’s police. Many people who were in attendance needed medical assistance, which overwhelmed CSUN’s medical staff. Because of these past incidents, the producers of this year’s show decided to change the time and date to reduce the amount of alcohol-related incidents.
CSUN decided it was better to plan a concert that is safer and poses less of a liability for the school.
It is not believed by student producers that this compromise will hurt the event’s potential to expand to new heights.