Last year organizers of the Bamboozle Festival ran into a bit of trouble with one particularly zealous fire marshal in Asbury Park, New Jersey. So much so that they’ve decided to take Bamboozle 2006 from their beloved Asbury and move it some 60 miles north to the Meadowlands in East Rutherford. And they’re bringing a bunch of today’s biggest pop-and-emo punk acts with them.
Event organizers have confirmed to MTV News that Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday and Motion City Soundtrack are booked for Bamboozle 2006, to be held May 6-7 at the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Organizers said the two-day fest will pack more than 100 bands into the lots surrounding Giants Stadium, and while they wouldn’t officially confirm any more acts, they did say Yellowcard, Hawthorne Heights, Thursday, All-American Rejects, Panic! at the Disco and Brand New might be playing, along with an appearance by a special guest “that no one will expect.”
Last year’s Bamboozle packed well over 100 bands into three days (see “My Chemical Romance, Brand New, Thrice To Headline Bamboozle Fest On Jersey Shore” ) but was marred by the last-minute cancellation of headliners, unannounced changes of set times, expensive lodging for out-of-town fans and a general sense of chaos. Organizers promised that Bamboozle 2006 will run much smoother, thanks in no small part to the cooperation of the Meadowlands.
This year’s Bamboozle will feature five stages, including a special indoor acoustic venue, and tickets will run $35 for a single day or $55 for a weekend pass. A special presale will begin on December 2 at the festival’s site, TheBamboozle.com.