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Yeah Yeah Yeahs not 100 percent on playing at the U

Whether or not the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, scheduled to play April 22 at The Grand Kerfuffle, will perform is still to be determined.

The band is concerned about playing in the outdoor venue that would hold 10,000 people and has yet to sign a contract.

“It hasn’t been determined if (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) will play inside or outside or anywhere else, and that is being discussed now,” said Eric Dimenstein of Ground Control Touring, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ touring agency.

He added that the band is currently traveling and an outcome will be determined upon its return later this week.

Student government officials said the band members told them last Thursday that they were afraid it would look empty.

But student officials disagree.

“The venue looks full at half capacity,” said Mikhael Mikhalev, the festival vice chairman for the Associated Students of the University of Utah.

He added that an estimated minimum of 6,000 people will attend the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ concert.

For anyone to say that we are refusing to play outside would be unfair, Dimenstein said, but he did not comment on concern about the venue not being full.

The concert was originally scheduled to play in the Union ballroom with a capacity of 1,800. But the contract said that if the concert were overbooked, it would move outside.

But because the contract is yet to be signed, the band is negotiating on where the concert will be held.

The Union Ballroom has been overbooked by nearly 1,000 people, with more than 2,700 tickets sold, said Chris Whipple of the ASUU Presenter’s Office. More tickets have been sold for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs than both the Del tha Funkee Homosapien and Yellowcard concerts, scheduled for April 20 and 21.

If the concert were forced to be in Union Ballroom, students would be turned away, said Jessica Nuffer, ASUU concerts chairwoman.

She said that the event’s organizers are looking for another indoor venue besides the Union Ballroom on campus and around town. She added the Huntsman Center does not want it moved there to avoid damage to a new, recently installed floor.

“Student fees are paying for the concert, and it would be unfair not to let everyone come,” Mikhalev said.

All The Grand Kerfuffle concerts are scheduled to take place in the free-speech area behind the Union. An eight-foot fence extending from the OSH building, Marriott Library and Union building will close off the area. The student government will assemble a 40-by-40-foot stage-the largest in festival history.

Tickets for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are currently on hold.

Students can pick up two free tickets for the other concerts at the Union front desk.

Non-student tickets are between $10 and $20, depending on the concert and whether customers have a student ID from another school.

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