Wonderfront Music Festival to Energize Downtown San Diego

New music-and-arts mega-event will feature more than 80 music acts on seven bayside stages

Wonderfront partners include, from left: Brad Raulston, Tony Hawk, Paul Thornton, Ernie Hahn and Trevor Hoffman.

The beloved San Diego Street Scene music festival left the urban core of San Diego 10 years ago. Enter the new Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival. It will rock and roll downtown San Diego from November 22-24. The bayside Wondefront Music Festival will include seven stages and more than 80 bands.

The founding members include Hall of Fame pitcher Trevor Hoffman, skateboarding icon Tony Hawk and surfing legend Rob Machado. The festival was announced in March, and Phase 1 of the festival music lineup was announced today.

That list includes a wide mix of musical genres. Acts include Slightly Stoopid, Ben Harper, MGMT, Phantasmogram, English Beat, Grandson, Miguel, Tyga, Nicky Jam, Vince Staples, Don Omar and many more.

Playing on the Hawk-curated Huck Jam stage—alongside choreographed and freestyle skateboarders: Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, X, Vandals and DJ Z-Trip.

More bands will be announced in August.

Wonderfront Music Festival backers

Hoffman and Hawk were on hand for the press conference at downtown San Diego’s Side Bar.

“I’m used to seeing a different kind of lineup, but I’m excited to be a part of this world-class event,” said former San Diego Padres closer Hoffman.

Noted Hawk: “I love punk rock and skateboarding, and I’m happy to be part of any show that’s here in my hometown.”

Festival co-founder Ernie Hahn believes the Wonderland festival will be a magnet for all of San Diego to come together. He aims to rediscover the “secret sauce” of past Street Scene events.

“This isn’t a concert—this is a festival, something you will want to be a part of for three days,” Hahn said. “It’ll be the best of the Gaslamp and of the Wonderfront. You can go in and out of your hotel, and the Gaslamp restaurants. And I think we’ll draw people from all over.”

Indeed, a draw for out-of-towners is proximity of the seven bay-side music stages to thousands of hotel rooms. Major convention hotels nearby include the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Marriott Marquis San Diego and the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

For ticket information, go to the Wonderfront websiteJ&J

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