(New York, NY-December 13, 2011¬) — Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters and blink-182 will headline The Bamboozle 2012, one of the East Coast’s oldest and largest music festivals when the three-day music and pop culture event is staged on the beach at Asbury Park, New Jersey, May 18, 19 and 20.
The Bamboozle will return to the beach at Asbury Park for the first time since 2003 and feature over 100 acts performing on nine stages spread throughout the beach and boardwalk including the renowned Convention Hall. Since its inception, The Bamboozle has evolved to become a respected institution within the music festival circuit.
Now in its 10th year, The Bamboozle has consistently featured the best musical talent from established to new artists spanning multiple music genres and has always been a one of a kind resource for artist development. Previously featured up-and-coming acts who have gone on to become break-out artists include Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Wiz Khalifa, Fall Out Boy, Jonas Brothers, and many more.
John D’Esposito, Vice President of Talent/Artist Development for Live Nation, said it’s “an honor and very fitting” to have Bon Jovi headline as The Bamboozle celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Bon Jovi has sold 130 million records and have played in over 50 countries to 34 million fans in their twenty year career. The band won a Grammy Award for the #1 hit single 2005’s “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” which is currently used in the New Jersey state tourism commercials. Bon Jovi had the number tour in 2008 and 2010.
In November of 2010, Bon Jovi released Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection, featuring all of the band’s biggest chart-topping hits, the most beloved fan favorites, and four new tracks, including the lead single, “What Do You Got.” In addition, headliners the Foo Fighters and blink-182, two of today’s greatest rock and punk rock bands, will make their Bamboozle debuts. The Foo Fighters, who were recently nominated for six Grammy Awards for their 2011 album, Wasting Light and the multiplatinum, reunited blink-182 who released their sixth studio album, Neighborhoods this past fall.
Founded by New Jersey native D’Esposito, The Bamboozle was created more out of necessity than anything else. “I started The Bamboozle because I went to other music festivals growing up and felt there was a need for a pop-culture-oriented event that was diverse but also catered to a specific scene,” said D’Esposito.
As for the return to Asbury Park, D’Esposito said, “For the 10th anniversary, it was important to create an event that would leave a lasting impression. In order to do that we had to go back to where the seed had been planted, Asbury Park.” Additional performers will be announced in the new year for The Bamboozle, with more information to come about The Bamboozle Roadshow 2012. The annual “The Break Contest,” the official unsigned band competition of the festival returns and will be presented by Yuuzoo with the grand prize winner receiving a performance slot on the main stage and other prizes. YuuZoo is the official Social Media Partner of The Bamboozle.
A special three-day package will go on sale Saturday, December 17 at 10:00 AM EDT. For ticket information please visit: thebamboozle.com. Citi® cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning today at 10:00 AM local time through Friday, December 16th 10:00PM local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details visit citiprivatepass.com. Citi® is the official credit card of The Bamboozle.
For an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create The Bamboozle, see "The 2011 Bamboozle Festival Documentary,” filmed last year. AOL/NoiseCreep.com will be exclusively premiering the third installment of the documentary today at: NoiseCreep.com.
Bon Jovi will be headlining for one night at the tenth anniversary of the largest annual music festival on the East Coast. The Bamboozle takes place at Asbury Park, NJ from May 18th - 20th, 2012. Save the date now so you don't miss the opportunity to rock out on the beach with Bon Jovi and over 100 other artists!
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