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Ticket fiasco moves Lupe to bigger venue

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Students who missed out on tickets to Lupe Fiasco’s “Big Three Concert” performance Wednesday will get a second chance to see the hit rapper perform.

The Ohio Union Activities Board will be releasing more tickets to the Lupe Fiasco show Friday at noon after all of their original allotment of tickets was given away Wednesday.

The show will be moving from Newport Music Hall to the larger Lifestyles Communities Pavilion and will still take place at 7 p.m. May 19.

OUAB originally had an allotment of 1,750 tickets based on the Newport’s capacity, said Katie Krajny, OUAB adviser. OUAB will now be able to offer a total of 5,000 tickets to students.

Tickets were released at about 11:45 a.m., Krajny said. By 1:15 p.m., OUAB’s allotment of tickets had run out.

CABS buses will provide transportation for students to The LC Pavilion, located at 405 Neil Ave.

OUAB kept The LC Pavilion as a backup plan, said Linnea Larson, OUAB concerts chair.

“With Lupe’s past touring history and his recent album release, we were expecting the Ohio State student population to be excited about this show and we had kept the possibility of a venue change open,” she said in an email.

Students were still showing up to get tickets after they had run out.

“I was going to come in after my lab. After I saw the time change, I was shocked,” said Dileep Mandali, a first-year in biochemistry. “Hopefully I can get a ticket on Friday.”

Emily Kasminsky, a first-year in pharmaceutical science, said the change in the ticket release time was a welcome surprise.

“I was in class when they were released, so I’m really happy,” she said.

Neither Fiasco’s representative nor PromoWest Productions, the company that owns Newport Music Hall and The LC Pavilion, immediately responded for comment.

Kellie Pickler and B.o.B. will also perform as part of the “Big Three Concert” series. Pickler will play May 20 at Newport Music Hall at 7 p.m., while B.o.B. will play the BuckeyeThon Benefit Concert May 21 at 7 p.m., also at the Newport.

Ryan Book contributed to this story.

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