Marching to a different beat for its eighth installment, MTV’s Campus Invasion tour will split into separate rock and hip-hop tours for the first time.
Fabolous and Talib Kweli kick off the hip-hop-oriented stretch April 19 at Lincoln University in Philadelphia. The Used, the Exies, and Finch are headlining rock-geared gigs starting May 3 at Towson University in Towson, Md.
Tagged with a $18-25 ticket price (to be determined by each university), Campus Invasion 2003 should spread to 20 dates through the spring. Sponsors for this year’s tour include Nintendo Gamecube, Skittles, and T-Mobile.
Fabolous is touring in support of his latest Elektra album “Street Dreams,” which debuted in February at No. 3 on The Billboard 200, while Kweli is out behind his latest Rawkus/MCA album “Quality.” The Exies, the Used, and Finch are all touring in support of their respective recent major-label debut albums on Virgin, Reprise, and Drive-Thru.
Here are the initial MTV Campus Invasion tour dates:
With Fabolous and Talib Kweli
April 19: Philadelphia (Lincoln University)
April 23: Columbia, S.C. (University of South Carolina)
April 25: St. Louis (St. Louis University)
April 29: Greensville, N.C. (East Carolina University)
April 30: Auburn, Ala. (Auburn University)
April 26: Baton Rouge, La. (Southern University)
With Talib Kweli
May 8: Los Angeles (Cal State Dominguez Hills)
May 10: Redland, Calif. (University of Redlands)
May 13: Pomona, Calif. (Cal State Pomona)
With The Used, the Exies, and Finch
May 3: Towson, Md. (Towson University)
May 4: Albany, N.Y. (SUNY Albany)