With spring in the air, it's the greatest time of the year for music festival lovers! This past weekend, Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ, hosted the Skate and Surf Festival after an eight year hiatus. After a great weekend full of music and rides, we've got our four must haves that every festival needs.
Great music/bands: This goes without saying! This year's Skate and Surf Festival had such a wide variety of music that it was easy for anyone to find a band to enjoy. From rap to rock, this all day festival had it all. On Saturday we were sure to check out Mayday Parade who got the crowd off their feet for their energetic set along with duo Timeflies who took the mainstage before headliners Fall Out Boy came out. The rain and cold didn't stop the reunited band from playing for over an hour, with a mixture of their classic hits and tracks off their new album. Not one person wasn't singing along. On Sunday we caught Breathe Carolina on the intimate Ford Focus stage playing all their hits before heading back to the mainstage just in time to see Macklemore and Ryan Lewis belt out their singles "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us".
Charitable non-profits: No festivals would be complete without merch tables and booths to check out when you need a break from the stages. This year we checked out the non-profit organization To Write Love On Her Arms who are dedicated to helping adults and teens with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. Throughout the years they have had the support from many artists including Miley Cyrus, Paramore, Boys Like Girls, and OneRepublic. For more information check out http://twloha.com/.
Band interactions: It doesn't get much better for fans when they get to meet their favorite artists and festivals are often the perfect place to do just that! Many artists had signings at their merch tents or sponsor tents (we caught up with Timeflies at the Ford signing), giving their fans that moment of a lifetime. And for the first time this year, the organizer of the festival created a smartphone app (for free free!) called GameChanger that will allow fans to interact and play games with their favorite artists to win merch and other fun stuff. Some of the bands you can play against include Mayday Parade, Paradise Fears, and Forever the Sickest Kids. We found FTSK's Jonathan Cook and bassist Austin Bello in attendance, showing off their game off (coming soon!) to their fans.
4. A great location: We're used to attending music festivals in empty parking lots in the middle of nowhere for Warped Tour or even on the beach for Bamboozle last year, but this year's location at an amusement park was the icing on the cake! Though we would have preferred a bit of sunshine opposed to the on and off rain, the weather didn't stop us from checking out some of the best roller coasters in the country in between our favorite band's sets.
Check out more photos from the day below!
Fall Out Boy
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
All Photos: Courtesy of Nicole Mazza/Bauer Teen Group.