Bacchanal is a student-run organization under ABC that plans a variety of events, including Columbia's annual spring festival, Concert on the Steps, among other pimping projects like carnivals, parties and other insanities. It is organized by Bacchanal Events.
The spring concert is a free concert on the steps of Low open to undergraduate Columbia ticket-holders. Its aim is to increase school spirit and release some of the students' stress before the end of the year exams. Past performers include: Macklemore, Big Gigantic, Snoop Dogg (Now known as Snoop Lion), Wiz Khalifa, Vampire Weekend, Kanye West, and Bob Saget. Before new restrictions placed in 2015, the spring concert was preceded by a week-long series of fun activities, such as a spring bbq, inviting food trucks onto college walk, and a public movie screenings on 4/20. (The food trucks still make an appearance.) Past themes have included 'Baccha90s', 'Abacchalypse', and 'Chewbacchanal'.
Other events Bacchanal has organized include the Fall Concert, a more intimate and smaller dance party hosted in Lerner Party Space, and Lowlapalooza, a day long music festival showcasing Columbia musicians in association with CU Records. Previous artists for the fall concert include Micky Avalon. Bacchanal is also open to other suggestions or projects that students bring to their attention.
To raise revenue, Bacchanal sells an assortment of schwag merchandise, most prominently homecoming t-shirts. These are to be sold in the week before homecoming on the Lerner ramps.
Past Year Performers:
- 2016- Rae Sremmurd, Bibi Bourelly, Marian Hill, Michael Blume, Hippie Sabotage
- 2015- Big Sean, Raury, Brenmar
- 2014- Lupe Fiasco, Chainsmokers
- 2013- Macklemore, Flosstradamus
- 2012- Big Gigantic, Curren$y, Wavves
- 2011- Snoop Dogg, Das Racist
- 2010- Wiz Khalifa, Ghostface Killah
- 2009- Vampire Weekend, Talib Kweli
- 2008- Grizzly Bear, The National