Bridgeport's Sound On Sound announces lineup and changes

Fairfield's John Mayer and the Red Hot Chili Peppers headline the event on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

Mark Sudol

Mar 7, 2023, 2:58 PM

Updated 447 days ago

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Bridgeport's Sound On Sound Music Festival has announced big names for this year's lineup and big changes that fans will appreciate.
The event is back for its second year at Seaside Park in Bridgeport. Fairfield's John Mayer and the Red Hot Chili Peppers headline the event on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
"We have an array of acts that include Alanis Morissette, Trey Anastasio, Hozier, Nathaniel Rateliff," said organizer Tom Russell with Founders Entertainment.
Last year's event was ridiculed by fans on social media who complained about overcrowding, but organizers say they answered every call and email to set the tone for a much better experience this year.
"We got to the bottom of everybody's last complaint, comment, things they liked, they didn't like. We took all of those things into consideration with the changes that we made for 2023," said Russell.
Those changes include double the amount of space, triple the amount of food and beverage, more bathrooms and lighting, and a rotating stage.
"It's a turntable stage, so once one band is done it takes about 5 minutes for the stage to rotate and then the next band will begin," said Russell.
"It's just going to be great for Bridgeport, for the region and I think people are going to have a wonderful time," said Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim.
Ganim says Sound On Sound is definitely a big deal for the city.
"The city received close to $1 million last year in direct revenue, and it's anticipated this year to be well over a $1 million," said Ganim.
Organizers hope the festival will become one of the noteworthy events in the Northeast.
"Our goal with this event is to be around for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years to make this Connecticut's homegrown music festival," said Russell.
Presale tickets for Sound On Sound are on sale Tuesday through Thursday.
If you'd like to find out more about tickets please click this link.
The city says a thousand Bridgeport residents will be able to get discounted tickets to Sound On Sound.
Jay Lederman reported earlier on this story.


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