Rumors have it that 90,000 tickets have been purchased for Bamboozle this weekend (May 18, 19 and 20th). It’s finally back in Asbury Park, on the beach, where it started in 2003. It hasn’t been in Asbury Park since 2005.
Every hotel, every motel, every B&B, wherever there’s a room for rent in many of the towns surrounding Asbury Park: SOLD OUT!
This is indeed the biggest event of the decade. Today’s Asbury Park Press’s headline read, A CITY BUILT ON ROCK, making reference to all of the talented performers who have come out of the city of Asbury Park, starting with The Boss, Bruce Springsteen. Bruce made his breakthrough right here in 1975 through 1983. The Stone Pony in Asbury is still considered the home of Bruce Springsteen.
The most ginormous set and stage erected today on the north beach boardwalk of Asbury Park, the stage lifted by giant cranes flying across the beach and placed for down in the middle of a huge embellished tent for performer Bon Jovi.
I’m told the sound system will blow the fish out of the water on this powerful weekend, when everyone is embracing rock & roll. Bamboozle, a Live Nation event, will feature over 80 artists.
There will be a wristband activation system on the boardwalk before entering into the concert area. The will-call window to pick up tickets already ordered in advance is located in the old carousel house on the south boardwalk.
The Asbury Park Press also added this tidbit: “the easiest way to get there at this point might involve might involve parachutes or submarines.”
Be prepared for delays. This event will require your patience traveling into New Jersey by the Garden State Parkway, Route 18 to the Shore Points, the New Jersey Turnpike, and all the other arteries that get most people to the Jersey Shore.
Right now the best way to travel is NJ Transit trains, shuttle buses from Monmouth racetrack in Oceanport or bicycles. There will be bike parking only parking lot at Cookman Avenue and Heck Street in Asbury Park.
There will be heavy security. One backpack per individual with one bottle of water is the information I’ve received. So each person coming with family or friends, do not pack everything in one pack. It has to be split up individually.
This is a fun event and the police department wants it to remain that way. Be safe, watch your surroundings, be street-smart. Don’t wear good jewelry or carry large sums of money. This is for your own safety and protection. There will be tens of thousands of people all crowding into about a mile area on the beach and the boardwalk. Think of your safety first. Think of comfortable shoes, ear plugs, food, and other essentials that you may need. It’s possible you might be standing inside the stage area for a very long time watching artist perform.
Live Nation, the event planners, has everything covered. There’s a medical tent right on the boardwalk. Let’s get out there and have fun. Weather is going to be spectacular, bring block so you don’t have to visit the medical tent.
There will be more to explore as Bamboozle 2012 gets under way. I’ll keep you posted.
Photos: Jessica Guica