Mash-up artist Girl Talk to headline Fall Fest

Popular artist Girl Talk will be the featured performer at this year’s ’80s-themed Fall Fest.

Girl Talk, whose real name is Gregg Gillis, is known for mixing various song samples in his music and has released five albums in the last nine years. In the past, he gained notoriety for his on-stage antics, as well as his habit of sampling songs without artists’ permission.

The annual concert and event will begin at 4 p.m. on Sept. 4 in University Yard.

Girl Talk is a District favorite, playing two shows at the 9:30 Club this year and joining up with numerous artists at the May 1 Sweetlife Festival.

Opening for Girl Talk will be OCD: Moosh & Twist, a Philadelphia-based band that dropped its first album “The Welcome Mat” earlier this year.

Girl Talk was scheduled to headline the annual event in 2008, but the University made a last-minute switch only days before the show because of contract disagreements.

Tim Miller, then-executive director of the Student Activities Center, said at the time that the University backed out of negotiations over the $15,000 contract with Girl Talk largely due to the artist’s request that barricades would not be used to prevent audience members from joining him on stage.

“Girl Talk’s management has done an excellent job ensuring the safety and security of our students,” now-Center for Student Engagement associate dean Miller said. “We have worked together to meet both of our needs for the event.”

He said GW’s common security measures, which include crowd barriers, will be part of this year’s Fall Fest.

Miller and Program Board Executive Chair Connor Currier declined to disclose the expected cost of the event or the artists’ contracts costs.

The “Back to the ’80s” Fall Fest will feature three-lane Bungee runs, gladiator jousting, free food and giveaways.

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