Seaside Heights music festival lineup announced

    Sunset at the June 2015 Gentlemen of the Road Stopover music festival in Seaside Heights. (Photo: Justin Auciello/for NewsWorks)

    Sunset at the June 2015 Gentlemen of the Road Stopover music festival in Seaside Heights. (Photo: Justin Auciello/for NewsWorks)

    A mix of pop, indie, rock, and electronic bands will take the stage during a one-day music festival this June in Seaside Heights. 

    The Shadow of the City festival is set for Saturday, June 18, featuring headliner The 1975, an alternative rock bank from Manchester, England that recently earned its first number one album on the Billboard chart.

    The lineup also includes Carly Rae Jepsen, BØRNS, Steel Train, Frnkiero and the Cellabration, Bishop, Shamir, and Hana.

    Tickets are on sale. Options include VIP ($150), premium beach ($85), and general admission ($65).

    The festival is the brainchild of Bergen County native Jack Antonoff, who debut the event last September at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park. 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.

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