Noah Cyrus to perform at UF next Friday

Noah Cyrus has been chosen as the artist for this year’s Big Orange Festival. The festival will be held on the Reitz North Lawn for the first time this year.

Miley Cyrus’ younger sister, Noah Cyrus, has been chosen as the artist for this year’s Big Orange Festival.

The singer will perform March 22 on the Reitz Union North Lawn for the event, which is free for students, said Janzen Rich, vice president of external affairs for the Reitz Programming Board. The event is funded by student activity fees.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and Cyrus is expected to perform an hour-long set at about 8:30 p.m. Ocean Park Standoff will be opening for Cyrus, and the event will also include rides and art installations.

This will be the first time the event is held outside to encompass the feel of a music festival, Rich said. Although the event usually also hosts a comedian, new costs from holding it outside, like stage setup, meant cutting part of the program.

“It’s been really exciting for us to kind of jump into this new kind of challenge,” he said.

Megan Pitt, a 21-year-old UF economics and political science junior, heard about the event through friends interested in it on Facebook, she said.

She wants to see Noah Cyrus not because she listens to a lot of her music but because of her recent relevance in pop culture, she said.

“Her relevance is interesting, especially with the Jonas Brothers making a comeback, now it’s all these names coming up in pop culture,” she said.

Kelly Hayes is a journalism and political science junior at the University of Florida. Before becoming a staff writer at The Alligator, she wrote as a contributor, and also as the marketing intern for The Florida Museum of Natural History.