Thanks to concerts thrown specifically for UCSB students throughout the school year, Gauchos do not even need to leave campus to experience live music. Performances featuring well-known artists and large crowds occur during Welcome Week, Halloween, and the first weekend of Spring quarter. Toward the end of May, an all-day festival called Extravaganza allows students to take a much-needed break from finals preparations. In addition to these large concerts, an small on-campus venue called The Hub hosts lesser known artists many times throughout the year for a more intimate experience. Most of the musical acts are hip-hop or EDM, but other genres are featured occasionally as well.
Student concerts are a great opportunity to see highly desirable performers without worrying about transportation or excessive ticket costs. The shows cost no more than $15 and are often free to attend. However, they are available for UCSB students only--a policy that is enforced by requiring an access card upon entry--so do not invite friends from out of town.