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Long Island’s Great South Bay Music Festival celebrating 13 years

Long Island’s longest running, and largest 4 day, all ages music & arts festival, Great South Bay Music Festival, returns to the picturesque waterfront at Shorefront Park in Patchogue Village Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21st 

Celebrating its 13th anniversary, the four-day festival will feature over 75 performers on five stages, in classic and contemporary rock, folk, punk, blues, indie, jam-band, reggae, and funk genres. The festival boasts multiple craft beer and wine tents, an artisan and craft market, and food court offering a diverse gourmet menu of funky and healthy fare. 

The Great South Bay Festival will kick off the four days with Long Islands own, Taking Back Sunday, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band this year.  Iconic post hardcore band, and hometown favorites, Glassjaw, plus The Menzingers, and ex My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero & The Future Violents will also be performing on Thursday. Ten artists will be performing on two stages.  

Friday, July 19th brings a genre busting rock-reggae party to the south shore with over 20 performers on 4 stages. Headlining the main stage is Slightly Stoopid, described as a Spiritual bath of positive party energy. Reggae rock favorites Sublime with Rome returns, with SOJA, and Common Kings supporting.  

Saturday at the festival is always “Jam-Day”, and this year Great South Bay brings its most eclectic and diverse lineup to date. Festival favorites Lotus headlines the main stage, with Dweezil Zappa supporting and carrying the eclectic Frank Zappa torch. Also appearing on the main Stage are Spafford, Reid Genauer’s Assembly of Dust, Pink Talking Fish, and the Englishtown Project. On the “Jambalaya Stage” Great South Bay will present a 50th anniversary tribute to the ’69 Woodstock Festival. 

Sunday will highlight all things classic rock. Grammy winners, and perennial rock favorites America will be celebrating their 49th anniversary. Supporting America is the multi-platinum-selling WAR. Main stage support will also include The Edgar Winter Band and Blue Coupe, a fusion of Blue Oyster Cult founders Joe and Albert Bouchard, and Dennis Dunnaway of Alice Cooper’s Band.

This year, Great South Bay has added an additional stage in an effort to support and nurture original singer-songwriters, and emerging artists. The Busker Stage will showcase 15 up and coming artists. Artists performing this year include Fern Dells, Walk-A-Bout, Andre Fortier & Tricycle, Oogee Wawa, Quarter Horse, Jake Incao, and The End of America. 

For festival information and to purchase tickets please go to the Great South Bay website.


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