Springsteen headlines massive New Jersey beach festival

Sea Hear Now, New Jersey's expanding local rock festival, on Tuesday announced its 2024 lineup, which is set to flourish once again at the Jersey Shore late this summer.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (Sunday) and folk-pop star Noah Kahan (Saturday) will headline the two-day event, which returns to Asbury Park Beach and neighboring Bradley Park on September 14 and 15. Boss's biggest concert ever in Asbury Park, the city where he became famous for his sound and formed the E Street Band.

Sunday's headline set will be Springsteen and the band's first proper concert in Asbury Park since a series of Christmas benefit shows at the Convention Hall in 2003. The band has used the hall and the adjacent Paramount Theater for private rehearsals (with the occasional public permit) over the years . Springsteen also played Paramount as a surprise guest during its annual Light of Day charity show, most recently in 2020.

But booking him for a sprawling Asbury Park event like this one is new, especially since the cultural revitalization Asbury Park has seen over the past two decades.

Also set for Sea Hear Now's three stages are The Black Crowes, 311, New Jersey's own The Gaslight Anthem, Trey Anastasio (separate groups), Norah Jones and many more. See the full lineup here Or under.

Two-day general admission tickets start at $265. Single-day tickets will also be available, starting at $160. Pre-sale of tickets begins Thursday at 10 a.m Festival website. Register now to get the pre-sale code. This event will sell out.

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Sea Hear Now, which since its debut in 2018 has gained a reputation as a mini-festival for eclectic music and an easy-going beach vibe, typically draws between 30,000 and 35,000 fans a day to the beach. In 2023, audiences complained of overcrowding, inconsistent sound, and a lack of response to emergencies.

Last year's headliners were Foo Fighters and The Killers, supported by Weezer, the Beach Boys, Sheryl Crowe and more. In 2022, Green Day and Stevie Nicks were leading the bill. In 2021, for the Pandemic Comeback event, Pearl Jam and the Smashing Pumpkins headlined the flyer. There was no Sea Hear Now in 2020, but in 2019 it was Dave Matthews Band and the Lumineers, and at the opening festival in 2018 it was Jack Johnson and Incubus (with A Appearance of Bruce Springsteen During the social distortion group).

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