This summer will be without the Great South Bay Music Festival, which has been postponed to 2022 due to the pandemic, but founder / promoter Jim Faith won’t let 2021 end without a music event on Long Island. The Aurora Music Festival will arrive at Shorefront Park in Patchogue from October 1-3.
âWe moved to Great South Bay earlier this year because we didn’t think it was safe,â says Faith. As the pandemic numbers started to improve, Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri wanted to throw a party on Long Island to celebrate the receding of this nightmare. Aurora signifies the first light of dawn. This festival is like everyone else who comes out and sees the first light. ”
The general atmosphere of the festival will be very similar to that of Great South Bay, except that it will be reduced. The location is the same but the capacity will be reduced from 7,500 to 4,000-5,000. Instead of four stages, the Aurora Music Festival will use two: the band stage and the main stage. Groups and artists have yet to be announced.
âWe will feature emerging local artists as well as national headliners,â Faith said. âFriday will focus on punk, rock and reggae. Saturday has a band jam theme and Sunday is more classic based on rock.â
GSB typically has 65 groups in four days, but Aurora will feature 35-40 over three days. There won’t be an Ultra VIP tent or kids’ tent, but the food court, arts and crafts vendors, and beer tent remain the same. Plus, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Mobile Museum Tour Bus will be on hand for everyone to visit.
All seats are general admission and spectators are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. A VIP tent with raised seating will be available for an upgrade. Although the prices have not been determined, Faith says that “the tickets will be really fair and affordable”.
In terms of the COVID-19 protocol during the event, Faith is deliberating on how she will handle the issue.
“By October, we’ll have a much better idea of ââwhat’s going on with the pandemic numbers and whether we’re really out of the woods,” he says. “We’ll see what the other sites are doing. Once that happens, we’ll figure out what the safest way to approach it is.”
When asked if the fall weather was a concern, Faith replied, “The start of October is beautiful. It might get a little cooler at night, however.”
Tickets will go on sale soon and more information is available at greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com. However, tickets are currently on sale on the website for next year’s Great South Bay Music Festival featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, moe., The Weight Band, Circa Survive, Brandon “Taz. “Niederauer and more. For more information, call 631-331-0808.