Music festival moving from Seaside Heights to Asbury Park

    The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park. (Photo: Chris Spiegel/Blur Revision Media Design)

    The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park. (Photo: Chris Spiegel/Blur Revision Media Design)

    A music festival that was scheduled for this weekend in Seaside Heights will be held in Asbury Park instead, an official announced. 

    The Shadow of the City festival is slated for Saturday, June 18, although the bands will now perform at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park instead of its original beach location. 

    According to Seaside Heights Borough Administrator Christopher J. Vaz, the music festival was relocated by the company producing the event. 

    “This was an AEG Live event — not a Borough of Seaside Heights event — and AEG Live is ensuring that all tickets (GA, Premium GA, and VIP) will be honored,” he said. 

    Vaz did not say why the location changed. An email sent to a AEG Live representative for comment was not immediately returned. But a posting on the Shadow of the City Facebook page cited “unforeseen logistical and technical issues” as the reason for the venue switch. 

    For more information about the new venue location, click here

    Announced earlier this year, the music festival will feature headliner The 1975, an alternative rock bank from Manchester, England that earned its first number one album on the Billboard chart in March. 

    The festival is the brainchild of Bergen County native Jack Antonoff, who debut the event last September at the Stone Pony Summer Stage. In addition to numerous musical acts, the festival featured food trucks, carnival-style attractions, arcade games, and more. 

    Antonoff, the frontman of the indie pop group Bleachers, told Rolling Stone last June that the festival’s name is significant because he wants New Jersey to be seen as an artistic hub separate from New York City.

    “The title is really special to me. I grew up in New Jersey, and it’s one of those places where you spend your life trying to get out. It’s funny because it’s one of the most incredible places in the world. The term ‘shadow of the city,’ specifically, means what it sounds like,” he told the music magazine. “New Jersey is such a unique place because it is literally in the shadow of the greatest city in the entire world. So that creates an unmistakable feeling, good and bad. You’re the constant younger brother. You’re constantly looking through the window at the party. You’re always less.”

    Seaside Heights is quickly building its reputation as a beachfront musical destination, attracting British indie-folk rockers Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, The Flaming Lips, Jenny Lewis, and more across two days last June during the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover music festival.

    Above image courtesy of Chris Spiegel/Blur Revision Media Design.

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