The Nice South Bay Music Pageant is shifting once more. The 14th annual occasion that was initially scheduled for July 16-19, 2020 at Shorefront Park in Patchogue was then moved to July 15-18, 2021 because of the pandemic. Nevertheless, as a result of persevering with COVID considerations, the fest is now being pushed to July 7-10, 2022.
“Plenty of nationwide headliners are shifting their excursions to 2022 and we don’t know what the protection scenario goes to be like,” says competition founder/promoter Jim Religion. “We’ll by no means be capable of have 100% capability making it economically inconceivable as a result of the prices are going to go up. Plus, I don’t need to be chargeable for individuals getting sick.”
The competition, which generally attracts 6,500 individuals and expanded to eight,000, has historically been held with a normal admission structure that includes three phases, a craft distributors market and a complete meals court docket. This format is just not precisely socially distant pleasant.
“Nice South Bay has been about individuals strolling across the competition unfettered and dancing with no distancing. That’s the competition we have now,” says Religion. “Having to remain seated or stay in a single spot is just not Nice South Bay. There’s no solution to safely plan this. It’s nonetheless too harmful. You may’t decide based mostly on greed or impatience.”
Religion, alongside along with his companions Jamie Religion and Larry Weinberger, is engaged on rebooking the identical acts for 2022. Tedeschi Vans Band will headline July 10, 2022 and others will quickly be introduced.
“We anticipate that the majority will return,” says Religion. “I do know all of them need to come again so long as they’ll match it into their schedules and make it work.”
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Within the meantime, Religion is tentatively planning a potential smaller dwell music gathering within the fall referred to as the EBB Pageant, penciled in for October 1-3 on the similar location in Patchogue, with diminished capability if it is possible.
“The plan can be to current a couple of nationwide acts however we’re extra thinking about supporting native artists,” says Religion. “This fashion we are able to monitor and create the occasion in response to the present scenario and social situations. We discovered it inconceivable to do this with the dimensions of Nice South Bay.”
Ticket holders can cling on to their GSB tickets as they are going to be honored subsequent yr. Nevertheless, these looking for a refund will probably be accommodated.
For extra info, go to greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com or name 631-331-0808.