The Bamboozle is an annual three-day music festival held in the parking lots of the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The event originated in 2003, evolving out of the Skate and Surf Festival. The Bamboozle is known for typically hosting rock and metal genres, but has now expanded to include hip-hop and rhythm and blues. Fan attendance has increased in recent years due to big-name lineups.
The Bamboozle festival was initially known as The Great Bamboozle. The first event took place from May 30 to June 1, 2003, at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. In its debut year, the festival only boasted four stages. Headlining musicians included Dark Star Orchestra, Keller Williams and The Roots. In 2006, The Bamboozle moved to the larger New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Various musicians have performed at The Bamboozle, including My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy, Linkin Park, Paramore, The All-American Rejects, Angels and Airwaves, 30 Seconds to Mars, Jimmy Eat World, No Doubt, Panic at the Disco, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, Drake and Lil Wayne.
The festival's growing success and popularity led Bamboozle organizers to create The Bamboozle Roadshow. The roadshow visited small to medium-sized venues around the country and featured several acts from the original Bamboozle artist lineup. The first Bamboozle Roadshow was held from March 28 to May 10, 2008. Some of its stops included the following cities: Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore and Philadelphia. The Bamboozle Roadshow was canceled in 2011 due to routing and lineup issues.
The Bamboozle 2011 was held from April 29 to May 1. Featured headliners were LMFAO, 30 Seconds to Mars, Travie McCoy, Motley Crue, Bruno Mars, Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne. The 2011 festival matched the entire three-day total of 2010 in the first two days. Around 27,500 fans attended the first day of the festival on April 29. An additional 32,000 fans attended the next day. With the increasingly regular attendance of big name performers, The Bamboozle music festival is likely to grow even larger in the years to come.
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- NJ.com; What to look for at Bamboozle 2011; Travis McCall; April 2011
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- "The Spectator"; Bamboozle!; Othilla Wlodarczyk, June 2011
- DeconLight.com: Bamboozle Roadshow 2011
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