Great South Bay Music Festival [Review]
The Great South Bay Music Festival is a family friendly music, art and culture festival located on Smith Street, Shorefront Park in Patchogue, New York. This year the 8th annual South Bay Music Festival was held on Friday July 18 through Sunday July 20, 2014. The eclectic line up included big name artists, such as the legendary BB.King, Conspirator, Taking Back Sunday, Circa Survive, & Moe.
Taking Back Sunday headlined the festival on Friday night, right after Circa Survive took the stage. Both alternative rock bands had very lively sets; teenagers flooded the main stage, eager to crowd surf their way to the front. We got the chance to catch Sound Swell, as well as Moe and Conspirator on Saturday. Conspirator features Marc Brownstien and Aron Magner of the Disco Biscuits. BB.King took the stage and closed out the festival on Sunday. The kid zone was super popular among the little ones. The tent was constantly filled with bright eyes, smiles, clapping hands and bubbles. The musical numbers were very interactive; the children were singing along and dancing around as their parents encouraged them to play. There were also many hands-on vendor tents, which catered specifically to keeping the children busy throughout the festival. Kids were able to stop and play musical instruments, get their face painted, make arts and crafts as well as participate in treasure hunts with the South Bay pirates!
Great South Bays “Artisan Market” featured a diverse collection of interesting hand made and imported creations for arts-and-crafts lovers and shoppers. Some of our favorite merch tents were pitched. We were excited to see Third Eye Pinecones, as well as the Worm Town and Shake Down tent. It was also very exciting to witness the Long Island Glass artists blow glass live on site! We also had the opportunity to learn a little bit about solar energy thanks to Level Solar, which is based in New York City. We spent some time talking to the sales representative, Brian Grafstein, who taught us a lot about the efficiency of going green.
No one was left hungry at this summers’ Great South Bay Music Festival; there were many food vendors to choose from. Crepes, pizzas and gyros seemed to be the most popular to the crowd, and of course no one missed out on the fried oreos or funnel cake. There were vegan and vegetarian options as well. All in all, the festival covered a variety of genres in music as well as having something for everyone to enjoy.
Photography by: Anndrea DiDonato