Electronic dance music coming to Wildwood beaches with nod to Doo Wop past

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WILDWOOD – Up to 9,000 people could fill Wildwood’s beach between Baker and Roberts avenues June 28 for another electronic dance music festival, dubbed Beach Blanket Bingo.

The festival is the second EDM event to be announced for Wildwood’s beach this summer. BeachGlow is planned for July 5.

Beach Buddy Events, a sister company of the LLC that is also running Wildwood’s beach bar, is organizing the June 28 concert. Anthony Morrison, who heads Beach Buddy, said a third EDM concert is also slated for Aug. 16.

A rock show, featuring a “nationally renowned” artist, is also being worked out for sometime in August, he said.

The artists 12th Planet, Candyland, Gladiator, Loudpvck, and Pegboard Nerds are set to play the June 28 festival, and other artists will be announced over Memorial Day weekend. The name Beach Blanket Bingo comes from the 1965 movie featuring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, and Linda Evans, and was chosen as a nod to Wildwood’s Doo Wop days.

“We knew Wildwood would benefit from having an additional 7 to 9,000 people on the island that weekend,” Morrison said. “The sun, surf, the sand and good music, I think it creates a recipe for success.”

Those EDM fans won’t be the only ones on the beach June 28, though. Cape Express Beach Blast, a soccer event that draws upwards of 8,000 players, will be going on that weekend just a few streets down at the beach between Schellenger and Poplar avenues.

Morrison, Mayor Ernie Troiano, and Beach Blast organizer Steven Sides, said there will be no conflicts between the two events.

Beach Blast will run from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. that day, with the EDM festival set to begin at 4 p.m. and run until 1 a.m.

“That’s one good thing with the beach, there’s plenty of room to compensate for it,” Sides said Tuesday.

Morrison said that he has worked closely with city officials to plan the event, and said Beach Buddy will have a full support staff of medical personnel, police, and third party security at Beach Blanket Bingo.

“We’re going to make it so we’re confined to that space and not disruptive to other events,” he said.

Troiano said that Beach Buddy was given strict regulations to follow, particularly in regards to security.

“We’ve given them guidelines to follow and it’s to their benefit to do it right so they can continue to do it,” he said.

When asked about the city’s decision to host EDM festivals this year, the mayor said it was part of the city’s continued effort to bring in additional revenue from the beach, while being on top of a new trend. For example, the mayor pointed to several nightclubs in Atlantic City that frequently host well-known DJs, such as HQ at Revel Casino and Haven at the Golden Nugget.

“From what I gather this is the new rage,” he said. “Its not my generation, but these kids love it.”

Troiano said that Beach Buddy has agreed to pay about $15,000 for each concert to be held.

“We’re looking forward to the revenue and the influx and the money that will be spent on the island,” he said.

Tickets for the June 28 festival went on sale May 16 and cost $30. They can be purchased at beachblanketfestival.com.

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