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.

It’s been 10 years since the beloved San Diego Street Scene music festival left the urban core of San Diego. Enter the new WONDERFRONT Music & Arts Festival. Aiming to take over downtown San Diego from November 22-24, the bayside festival will include seven stages and more than 80 bands.

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

That list includes a wide mix of musical genres, and acts that 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.

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, and 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, including major convention hotels such as 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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