The Skate & Surf Festival makes its long awaited return to Six Flags Great Adventure on Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th. Many bands are set to perform including: RX Bandits, Glassjaw, a rare acoustic appearance from Andrew W.K. and a special set full of fan requests from Saves The Day. While most of the action will be on the main stage, there are some killer bands performing on other stages that people should check out. Tickets for Skate and Surf are on sale now.
Saturday May 18th
Frank Iero & James Dewees are at it again, people. The two formed digital hardcore act Death Spells last year and have been wowing fans with their recent shows opening for Mindless Self Indulgence. Fans of The Mad Capsule Markets and Balzac will find no problem getting absolutely zany to their musical offering. If you simply can't get enough of these two, they'll be performing with Leathermouth the following day.
Back when Skate & Surf was tearing up Asbury Park, a Long Island band called Brand New was making all kinds of noise in the scene. Fast forward to 2013 and it's time for Jamie Lacey, brother of Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey, to make his mark. The Long Island indie rock band have been making their presence felt with performances alongside Crime In Stereo, Circa Survive and The Front Bottoms. Their latest EP entitled Sunzal is out now. Don't miss out on what could be the next big band from LI.
Spoiler alert: World's Fair will steal the show on Saturday. The hip-hop collective from Queens are known for their explosive live shows and are set to make a huge statement at Skate and Surf. I saw these gents open for Bad Rabbits earlier this year and it was one of the most energetic (and at times, chaotic) sets that I've seen this year. Keep your eyes peeled on these guys.
Formerly from Boston, the Brooklyn based indie group American Authors have been gaining a huge buzz in the scene lately. Formerly known as The Blue Pages, the band gained significant attention with the tracks "Believer" and "Best Day of My Life" (which was featured in a Lowes commercial). They recently signed with Mercury Records so be on the look out for their major label debut.
Sunday May 19th
Daylight's infatuation with the 90s grows with their debut album Jar which is chock-full of grunge rock flavor. The band from Doylestown, PA formed back in 2007 and have toured around the world with bands such as Basement, The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die & Daytrader. If you're an 80s baby and want to relive the time when bands like Nirvana and Paw ruled the world, look no further than Daylight.
CT punkers Hostage Calm have been making their voices heard in more ways than one. In between the releases of their self-titled album and latest album Please Remain Calm, the band have been one of the main supporters of same sex marriage in the scene. The band have been touring all over with bands such as The Wonder Years, Streetlight Manifesto and Rival Schools.
This Good Robot
After leaving Long Island band Patent Pending back in 2009, Michael Ragosta put his full time devotion to his then side project This Good Robot. It's really hard to describe their sound as they manage to bounce through multiple genres. Performances with Thursday, My Chemical Romance and Good Old War helped the band gain a ton of buzz in the area. If you didn't get to catch their main stage performance at last year's Bamboozle, you missed one hell of a show.
Cartel have been through a lot since their inception back in 2003 (major labels, recording in a bubble) and have still managed to continue to do what they do best: simply rock out. The band are no strangers to New Jersey, having played the Bamboozle Festival numerous times in the past. The Georgia rockers self-released their new album Collider.