What better way to spend a summer weekend listening to excellent live music on the waterfront?
Make plans to hit the XPoNential Music Festival, which brings three packed days of music to three stages at the Camden, N.J., waterfront from July 28-30.
Wiggins Park and the BB&T Pavilion will host 35 new and established chart-topping acts and budding local bands, including Wilco, Conor Oberst, Amos Lee, Spoon, Drive-By Truckers, Hop Along, Angel Olsen, Foxygen, Strand of Oaks and more.
XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL FAST FACTS
- The three-day XPoNential Music Festival takes place from Friday, July 28 to Sunday, July 30.
- Gates open at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m on Saturday & Sunday, and soon after, live music starts at Wiggins Park on two stages.
- Headlining acts will close out the night Friday and Saturday at BB&T Pavilion.
- Produced by radio station WXPN, the event hosts both established and new artists.
- Tickets and passes range from $35 to $160.
Now in its 13th year, the summer music festival is produced by radio station WXPN with support from sponsor Subaru and production partner Live Nation.
A three-stage setup returns for 2017, with two stages surrounded by a grassy lawn space at Wiggins Park and a stadium-sized stage at the BB&T Pavilion. The two locations are within a quick walk of one another, making it easy to catch all of the action unfolding each day.
Wiggins Park hosts the morning and daytime acts and features various food and craft vendors, family-oriented activities and a promenade along the Delaware River with excellent views of the river and Philadelphia skyline. It’s also within easy access to public transportation and parking.
On Friday and Saturday nights, the festival heads to the BB&T Pavilion, where big acts like Conor Oberst, Spoon and Wilco will play to fans on the venue’s lawn and seated areas.
With more than 30 artists performing over three days, the festival’s lineup is stacked with well-known stars, soon-to-be-discovered indie rockers and local artists.
Notable names taking the stage at Wiggins Park include Angel Olsen, Swift Technique, Foxygen, Strand of Oaks and Hurray for the Riff Raff.
An exciting list of newer artists will also help to fill each afternoon with tunes, allowing you to discover potential additions for your next playlist.
Gates at Wiggins Park open at 3:30 p.m. on Friday (with music slated to start at 4 p.m.), and at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday (with music scheduled to begin at noon).
In the evening at the BB&T Pavilion, the lineup includes Hop Along, Conor Oberst and Wilco on Friday and The Suffers, Chicano Batman, Spoon and Amos Lee featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Saturday.
Gates at the BB&T Pavilion open at 7 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday.
The festival grows in popularity every year, so to ensure you’ll be standing in front of your favorite artists, we recommend picking up tickets now. You can purchase tickets online until July 27; after this date, tickets will be available at the gate only.
There are a number of ticket options for the festival, with three-day, go-everywhere passes starting at $80 for WXPN members and $160 for the general public.
Tickets for single-day admission start at $35 for WXPN members and $70 for the general public and can be picked up in advance or at the gate until supplies run out. For a single-day admission with inclusion to the evening shows at the BB&T Pavilion, admission is $45 for WXPN members and $90 for the general public.
Want a taste of the festival before you go? Check out WXPN’s Spotify playlist to hear your favorite artists!
Whether you have a car or want to use public transportation, getting to the festival is easy.
The RiverLink Ferry leaves from Penn’s Landing and brings you directly to Wiggins Park. A round trip ticket costs $9. You can also take the PATCO High Speed line to City Hall station or Broadway station.
Dust off that sunhat and bring out your shades and get ready for a fantastic weekend of music under sunny (and starry) skies at the Camden waterfront!