HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - For the first time since 2015, the sounds of Eaglepalooza will fill the streets of downtown Hattiesburg.
Officials with the city and University of Southern Mississippi announced Wednesday morning the annual music festival that attracts several artists and thousands of fans is returning to downtown in 2018.
The free event will be held September 15. The festivities will begin at 3 p.m. and continue into the evening.
2018 will be the 15th year running for the festival. In past years, downtown hosted the event, but it was moved to the USM campus in 2015.
Last year, there were fears that state-wide budget cuts would put an end to the event. But, through the work of a student and community-led initiative called "Save Eaglepalooza," the concert survived.
This year, event organizers hope the move back to downtown will bring the campus community closer to the rest of the city and expose students to everything Hattiesburg has to offer.
"Students are very excited to bring Eaglepalooza back to downtown Hattiesburg," said USM Student Government Association President McKenna Stone. "This is a wonderful opportunity to get students more connected with the local community."
"It is so great to have Eaglepalooza return to downtown Hattiesburg," said USM Dean of Students Dr. Eddie Holloway. "From the beginning, we wanted to extend our Hattiesburg campus to include the entire community into the spirit of Southern Miss."
The Eaglepalooza music lineup will be announced at a later date. The event is sponsored by USM's SGA and the City of Hattiesburg.