Big news for Gathering of the Vibes fans and the Park City- the two have signed a deal to keep the music festival in Bridgeport for the next five years.
The Vibes has been around for 17 years, and bounced between several venues for several years. The festival first came to Bridgeport’s Seaside Park in 1999 and 2000, before returning in 2007. It has remained in the city every year since.
Last summer’s event featured Primus, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby, Dark Star Orchestra, and many more. Previous years have had the likes of Elvis Costello, Jane’s Addiction, James Brown, and Damian Marley & Nas.
In a press release, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said “The Gathering of the Vibes is an exceptional addition to Bridgeport’s blossoming arts and entertainment scene. We’re excited to continue developing Bridgeport’s relationship with Vibes for another five years and look forward to the tremendous opportunity to showcase the Park City to thousands of out-of-town guests from throughout the country.”
Vibes director Ken Hays added, “I am grateful to Mayor Finch and the entire City of Bridgeport for all their support over the years. This agreement solidifies the genuine relationship between the Vibes and this city; and epitomizes the original vision of legendary Bridgeport resident and circus impresario, P.T. Barnum, who donated the park land for all who wanted to hear music.”
According to the release, Vibes guests have been a boon to the local Bridgeport community. Last year alone roughly six tons of donations were given by concertgoers.
Of course while it’s December, there’s no reason not to start thinking about hemp skirts and hackey sacks. Along with the announced deal, early bird tickets for the festival were also put on sale.
Only weekend camping passes are available so far, and range from $125 to $475. Acts have not been announced yet, but you know there will be some good ones. Visit govibes.com for tickets and more details.