Bridgeport, CT — The 17th annual Gathering of the Vibes kicks off the holidays on ‘Black Tie Dye Friday,’ November 25, 2011, when VIP and Weekend Early Bird tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. at www.GOVIBES.com. Well known as the Northeast’s most family friendly music festival destination, Gathering of the Vibes will deliver a four-day extravaganza of eclectic music, arts, and community July 19-22, 2012 at Bridgeport’s magnificent 370-acre Seaside Park. The Vibes is an all ages event offering an exclusive family camping area, Kids Corner, and Teen Scene, welcoming both campers and single day visitors. Kids 12 & under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
“Music fans can sleep in late knowing that the perfect gift or stocking stuffer awaits them just a mouse click away,” says Ken Hays, festival founder. “What could be better than gifting someone you love, a live musical experience they’ll remember for the rest of their lives?”
A limited number of VIP Passes will be available and include expedited, exclusive entry, rock-star parking with easy in/out access, shaded camping areas along with catered meals, snacks, and beverages. VIP ticket holders also have access to air conditioned bathroom trailers and hot showers. Located stage left on the concert field, the VIP hospitality tent and viewing platforms offer exceptional stage sightlines as well as the opportunity to mix and mingle with artists.
Early Bird Weekend Passes will be available for a limited time for $175, a sizeable savings over the gate price. RV passes are also available on a first come basis. Shuttle bus service will once again transport festival attendees to and from Seaside Park and many local area hotels, the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Ferry, as well as the Bridgeport train and bus stations.
Seaside Park is Bridgeport, Connecticut’s 370-acre crown jewel, offering three miles of sandy beaches, lush lawns, and shady retreats. Easily accessibly by public transportation and just 50 miles from New York City, this sparkling oceanfront destination celebrates its eighth year hosting the Vibes. Seaside Park provides an unparalleled festival home with acres of beautifully manicured fields and breathtaking views of Long Island Sound.
With artist announcements around the corner, the rumor mill is already abuzz. Gathering of the Vibes promises its most spectacular and diverse lineup to date, delivering over 40 hours of music on multiple stages. Powerhouse Vibes alumni include: Elvis Costello, Jane’s Addiction, FURTHUR with Phil Lesh & Bob Weir, The Allman Brothers Band, Crosby Stills & Nash, Damian Marley & Nas, and The Black Crowes. The festival also has a proud history of featuring breakout acts like moe., Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Jackie Greene, and Connecticut favorites, The McLovins. The Vibes also warmly embraces new, virtually unknown artists, who may submit music for consideration at www.GOVIBES.com.
Gathering of the Vibes welcomed 20,000 fans per day last year, despite record-breaking heat. With more than 125,000 Facebook fans and a strong family friendly environment, the festival continues to attract a diverse, multigenerational audience, affectionately known as the ‘Vibe Tribe.’
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