3-day Asbury beach concert a logistical challenge
In this May 9, 2012 photo, Christian McKnight, left, senior talent buyer for concert promoter Live nation, discusses the upcoming Bamboozle Festival with Scott O'Donnell, the company's executive director of programming and festivals, in front of the old Carousel building in Asbury Park, N.J. The May 18-20 festival will be headlined by Bon Jovi. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — Putting on the Bamboozle Festival, the largest beach concert in the United States, is a feat of detail management: coordinating more than 100 performers, determining where to fit 30,000 fans (and their cars) each night, reinforcing a historic boardwalk so it won't sag under the weight of the crowd.
And then there are the dolphins.
The electronic music performer Skrillex is headlining Friday night's concert. His music is known for its shrill, screeching, shrieking sounds, which presented a concern not normally raised with concert promoters.
"An oceanography group met with us to see if Skrillex's sounds would interfere with the migratory patterns of whales and dolphins," said Scott O'Donnell, executive director of programming and festivals for Live Nation. "We assured them it wouldn't be a problem."
It was just another detail on a long check-off list for the Jersey shore's biggest beach party of the year.
Other top-name headliners include Incubus and Mac Miller on Friday; The Foo Fighters and My Chemical Romance on Saturday; and Bon Jovi on Sunday. Other acts include "Jersey Shore" star DJ Pauly D, Andrew Dice Clay, All-American Rejects, Jimmy Eat World, Less Than Jake, The Gaslight Anthem, Dramarama and Brand New.
The Bamboozle festival began in Asbury Park 10 years ago, but in recent years had been held at inland venues, including the parking lot at Giants Stadium.
"We figured what better place to bring it back to than Asbury Park, where it has its roots?" O'Donnell said. "What a love affair to New Jersey, to have Bon Jovi right here on the beach."
The festival will employ seven stages, including a giant main stage straddling the boardwalk and part of the beach. There will be separate stages for hip-hop, dance acts, heavy metal and hardcore, and punk.
In this May 9, 2012 photo, Christian McKnight, left, senior talent buyer for concert promoter Live nation, discusses the upcoming Bamboozle Festival with Scott O'Donnell, the company's executive director of programming and festivals, in front of the old Carousel building in Asbury Park, N.J. The Bamboozle Festival will be held in Asbury Park May 18-20, headlined by Bon Jovi. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
"Everywhere you go, your ears will be hearing something," said Christian McKnight, senior talent buyer for Live Nation.
Part of the appeal of Bamboozle is the diversity of its acts, bringing together music fans who otherwise wouldn't see or experience different genres.
"Last year, we had Lil' Wayne and Motley Crue playing back-to-back," McKnight said. "That's something a lot of festivals wouldn't do, but we have this great cross-section."