Photos and review by Brett Sweeney
There are few things that symbolize the summer at the Jersey Shore quite like this past Saturday at Shadow of the City, New Jersey’s answer to Indie music festivals. Hearing some of the best Indie music of today right next to the roaring Atlantic Ocean on a beautiful day – it doesn’t get much better then that.
Shadow of the City is a multi-genre music festival created and headlined by Jack Antonoff of the Indie Pop project Bleachers, and more notably the lead guitarist of the band Fun. The festival was an all-day event held at the infamous Stone Pony Summer stage – a historic venue that’s been serving up music by the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi since the early ‘70s.
Along with the electrifying set by Bleachers were performances by Hailey Kiyoko, Julien Baker, Turnover, Beach Slang, Clams Casino and Ex Reyes. Between sets, you could participate in a dunk tank with some familiar faces in the Shadow of the City Charity Dunk Tank, shop at the Weird NJ and Rachel Antonoff pop-up stands & participate in a Mario Kart tournament.
Once the sun set, Bleachers took the stage and stole the show playing to a sea of fans singing every word back to Antonoff, as he danced around stage. In between sets he spoke highly about the Garden State and made you feel right at home, even if you’re not from New Jersey. Although many of the fans were not NJ-natives, a vast number flew in from all over the country to come to this festival. It was a great way to end the summer. Shadow of the City is in its fourth year now and shows no signs of stopping.