In less than 50 days, Bridgeport, Connecticut will host one of the biggest parties on the east coast, best known as Gathering of the Vibes. The four day festival will once again take place at Seaside Park on July 25th-28th, for its 18th year of music, arts and camping. Vibes has already announced the first batch of headliners to include Phil Lesh and Friends featuring Jon Scofield, John Medeski, Joe Russo and John Kadlecik, Gov’t Mule, The Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Roots, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Dark Star Orchestra, John Butler Trio, the funky METERS, Railroad Earth, John Scofield, Fishbone, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, Ryan Montbleau Band, Deep Banana Blackout, plus many more talented musicians and more artist announcements to be released in just a few short days on June 10th.
Gathering of the Vibes started with Ken Hays, a Grateful Deadhead and business man, who got a few friends together in 1996 on the SUNY Purchase campus to share in the memory of Jerry Garcia by hosting a small music filled weekend. Each year since, the festival has continued to grow with gifted musicians and artists, with attendees coming from all over to share in the fun times and heady vibes. Past headliners have included moe., The Allman Brothers, James Brown, Primus, Les Claypool and all founding members of the Grateful Dead.
Gathering of the Vibes offers single day tickets, VIP single day tickets, full Weekend Camping passes, VIP tickets, RV passes and Kids tickets, but children under 12 years old get in for free. The single day tickets do not give include access to the campgrounds or the late night sets, so if you don’t want to miss DJ sets from James Murphy, Kung Fu and Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza, as well as Silent Disco, you should consider just buying the Weekend Camping pass. The gates open on Thursday, July 25th at 8am and the party is over once the last band performs on Sunday after 8pm. For those looking to get an early start, there is a $20 Early-Entry Parking Fee on Thursday anytime before midnight.
Gathering of the Vibes has also launched a “Road to the Vibes” contest which gives fans the chance to vote for who they’d like to see play at the festival this year. Fans can vote once a day until June 14th to get their favorite band on the last remaining spot on the Green Vibes Stage. Upstate NY bands Positive Mental Trip, Blind Owl Band, Funktional Flow, Formula 5, Project Weather Machine, Sassafras Jenkins, Cosmic Dust Bunnies, The Assortment of Crayons, Aqueous, The Chronicles, Haewa and Digital Dharma are ALL in the running for this last spot, so show some love to your favorite Upstate band!