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     Every year I’ve been asked if I want to cover the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue, NY. The event is held every July out at Shorefront Park on Long Island and recently hosted its 14th year.

     The 4-day festival generally follows in sequence of your traditional alt-rock bands on Thursday, reggae on Friday and jam bands on Saturday and Sunday. I decided to travel out to Great South Bay on its second day. The Friday lineup consisted of headliners Rebelution, alongside Steel Pulse, Badfish, Oogee Wawa and Aqua Cherry taking the main stage.

     When I first arrived you immediately get the sense of Patchogue being a beach town. The only problem that anyone would really have arriving at a destination they have never been before is where do I park and how do I get in? I figured that out relatively quickly as locals that helping out with the festival appeared to be very laid back and thankfully helpful in guiding me in the right direction.

     I entered the festival grounds shortly after the gates opened at 3pm. I observed many of the unique arts and crafts stands as well as the many food options. The stand that stood out to me the most was the key sponsor of the event, Blue Point Brewing Company. They had a really cool setup along the waterfront for festival goers to enjoy.

     The first main stage act began around 4:30pm with Aqua Cherry. They delivered an exciting opening performance for those who decided to arrive early. Aqua Cherry even had a really cool hula hoop dancer in the crowd during their set.

     One of the best things about going to a festival early are the opening acts. The undercard can be just as exciting as the headliners. Other notable bands I was fortunate enough to catch were Oogee Wawa, Badfish (Sublime tribute band), The Big Happy and Long Island locals Samurai Pizza Cats & Bunktown Falls.

     Overall, I ended up having a pretty good time at Great South Bay Music Festival. Maybe I’ll have to travel back to Long Island next year!


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