A Gator Growl Throwback

UF Homecoming and Gator Growl has hosted a range of diverse talent throughout the years.  From country to rap and even indie-pop, Growl celebrates artists from all genres of music.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the best talents the Flavet Field and the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium have seen. 

Lynyrd Skynyrd, an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1964 took over the Growl stage in 2007. UF was playing Alabama, ironic since the band’s biggest song is “Sweet Home Alabama”. While this could have been seen as controversial, Growl was trying to revert the organization back to what it was at the beginning, a family-friendly pep rally, and felt that having Skynyrd as the musical act would help them attain this. 

Members of the band used to play in Gainesville in their earlier years and playing at Growl brought their career full circle. Given that they grew up less than two hours away from campus, they all had a strong connection to the Gator Nation. 

Renowned for their biggest hit single “Iris”, this American rock band took the stage at Growl after a year with no musical act in 2010. In preparation for this event, Growl sent out a survey to students and alumni asking them what they felt would improve Growl; the results showed demonstrated interest in having the Goo Goo Dolls perform and the addition of a  fireworks show. They were the band chosen amongst options that included Maroon 5, Kings of Leon and Bruno Mars. Fireworks were a staple to all Growl events until 2007 when they stopped using them. 2011 was not only a year where an award-winning band played but when a long used tradition was brought back.

In 2014, American indie pop band, Foster the People, co-headlined with three-time Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris. Gators gathered at Flavet Field to sing-along and dance to their favorite songs as the firework show closed out the night. 

Three years later repping a Florida Gator jersey, the American rapper, Snoop Dogg, performed some of his hits singles like “Young, Wild, and Free.”  To this day, Snoop Dogg is one of rap’s biggest stars ever performed at Gator Growl.

American rock band Walk the Moon is one of the latest bands to have performed at Growl in 2018. They performed some of their most popular songs like One Foot,” “Anna Sun” and “Shut Up and Dance” for Gators even after having to adapt to severe weather warnings. This performance rang true to our beloved saying “In all kinds of weather, the Gator still growled.”

Throughout the years, Gator Growl has always strived to bring performers that reflect the tone on campus and the values of the Gator Nation. The acts on the stage help to cultivate an environment and energy that unites attendees from all walks of life. While the Gator Growl 2020 lineup has not yet been announced, there is no doubt that they will live up to the standards and legacies of the unforgettable previous talent.