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Gallery: Great South Bay Music Festival – See you next year!

Great South Bay Music Festival 2018

by Diane Woodcheke

The Great South Bay Music Festival was fabulous in its 12th Year.

Summer fun should always include at least one outdoor summer concert, but if that concert takes place over four days and includes well over sixty performers on four stages, then you are really in for some good times. We are talking about Long Island’s most anticipated annual summer event, The Great South Bay Music Festival. Now is in its twelfth year, its popularity has grown year after year and over the four days of fun it draws an attendance of over twenty thousand people. It has also gained worldwide recognition; in fact last year the Canadian based travel website, FlightNetwork, ranked the Great South Bay Music Festival at #7 in their “Top 36 Global Festivals We’re Most Excited For In 2017.”


The festival is nestled in the quaint town of Patchogue, NY, not very far from the world-renowned Hamptons and just about fifty miles from New York City. The festivities on the grounds of the festival are merely feet away from the beautiful Great South Bay, where you can see sailboats drifting by in the backdrop of all the excitement.

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Not only does it host major musical acts, it also features up and coming local acts and quality cover bands. But the festival not only consists of music, it is a cultural family event with a large variety of artisans, quality food, local beer and wine, and fun for the children at the Kidzone. There is also an osprey family nesting high on a light pole in the middle of a ball field, which for the next four days will serve as the festival’s grounds. An unexpected nature side show for some, occasionally an osprey would leave the nest to go retrieve a fresh fish meal for their family right from the bay.


Looking around and taking in the monstrosity of the festival, some favored the food court before exploring the ins and outs of the maze; others were going to the beer and wine tents for a refreshing drink. The first day of the festival, offered two stages: the Coors Light Main Stage, where Whatever We Are, Envy On The Coast, The Get Up Kids, Thrice and closing out the day was The Front Bottoms. On the Clamshell Bandshell stage, where Bohemians, Staleworth, Gutterlife, King Neptune and I Ignite playing for the crowds as well.

Day 2

The second day of the festival offered three stages, the Coors Light Main Stage where Keep Flying, Oogee Wawa with their energetic groove, Less Than Jake brought all their energy too, Dirty Heads laying their alternative hip hop style down nice and thick and closing out the night was Sublime With Rome, who’s fans came out in force, they were jumping to the beat till the very last song.

Dirty Heads – Website ~ Facebook ~ Listen to their latest tunes



Dudley Music – Website ~ Facebook ~ Listen to their latest tunes



Less Than Jake  – Website ~ Facebook ~ Listen to their latest tunes



Oogee Wawa – Website ~ Facebook ~ Listen to their latest tunes



Sublime with Rome – Website ~ Facebook ~ Listen to their latest tunes




See full gallery of Day 2 here.

 Day 3

The third day of the festival offered four stages, one of them being the Kidszone where quality children’s entertainment took place. And on the Coors Light Main Stage where Soundswell, Andy Falco & Friends, Melvin Seals and JGB, Papadosio got the fog machines going early in the day and even though they played during the daylight their was still a bit of a light-show helping to set the mood of their style of jamming music.

Also on the main stage was Pigeons Playing Ping Pong who brought “The Flock,” this is what their hard core fans are referred too and they were definitely their showing support; singing the songs, jumping to the beat and tossing ping-pongs. And Umphrey’s McGee, who closed the night with fans packed tightly on the grounds near the stage. Known for their incredible light show to accompany their great music, they brought their own lighting setup and dazzled the audience. They are not strangers to the festival as they played here two years ago and many of their fans were just as eager to see them then as they were this year.

Cool sights around the event






Melvin Seals – Website ~ Facebook ~ Listen to their latest tunes



Kate Usher  & The Sturdy Souls

 Website ~ Facebook ~ Listen to their latest tunes



The Om-En – Website ~ Facebook ~ Listen to their latest tunes



Papadosio – Website ~ Facebook ~ Listen to their latest tunes



Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Website ~ Facebook ~ Listen to their latest tunes



Umphrey’s McGee  – Website ~ Facebook ~ Listen to their latest tunes




See full gallery of Day 3 here.

Day 4

And on the fourth and final day of the festival again offered four stages, one of them being the Kidszone. On the Coors Light Main Stage where Miles to Dayton, the Kerry Kearney Band, Devon Allman Project and a few legends who had long time fans packing out the grounds; Little Feat, Electric Hot Tuna and the Dickey Betts Band, who closed out the festival with style.

Devon Allman Project featuring Duane Betts
Website ~ Facebook ~ Listen to their latest tunes



Dickey Betts – Website ~ Facebook ~ Listen to their latest tunes



Electric Hot Tuna – WebsiteListen to their latest tunes


Little Feat – Website ~ Facebook ~ Listen to their latest tunes




See full gallery of Day 4 here.

Even though next year’s lineup is many months away from being announced, the festivals website already posted to keep watch for next year. An annual event that will be going into its thirteenth year is for so many something to look forward too for sure. This year the music was fabulous, the food and drink delicious, lots of fun for kids of all ages and the weather was absolutely perfect. Whether you live on Long Island or you will be traveling, mark your 2019 calendars now as you surely do not want to miss this awesome event and keep watch for next years line up here:

Diane Woodcheke has had her eye on a camera viewfinder since she was very young. She specializes in Fine Art, Event and Concert Photography. She is also a writer of concert and album reviews, as well as contributing to blogs. For more information please visit her website at

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