On the heels of last summer’s successful Gentlemen of the Road Stopover music festival in Seaside Heights, another will rock the beach in June.
The Shadow of the City festival is slated for Saturday, June 18 in the borough, featuring headliner The 1975, an alternative rock bank from Manchester, England that last week earned its first number one album on the Billboard chart.
According to the festival’s website, organizers will announce the full lineup on March 14. Tickets will go on sale this Friday at 11 a.m. Options include early bird and premium beach general admission, and VIP.
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.