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Sea.Hear.Now Festival Announces It’s Biggest and Best Line Up Yet

Sea.Hear.Now Festival 2020

The third annual Sea.Hear.Now Festival has announced their biggest and best line-up to date.   

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The festival will be taking over the beaches and streets of Asbury Park, NJ September 19th and 20th, 2020. We at Shutter love this festival! It’s the one we look forward to every year now and are proud that we’ve covered each of Sea.Hear.Now’s first two years. This year we chattered about who would headline. We knew it would be big because the third year had to follow up past headliners like Incubus, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews Band and The Lumineers. 

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When the line-up finally got released we were overjoyed as it is massive and it’s all once again thanks to Sea.Hear.Now creators, rockstar photographer Danny Clinch, C3 Presents and Between The Sets LLC.

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This year’s line up is headlined by the legendary Seattle rockers Pearl Jam and the alway’s exciting The Avett Brothers. Joining those two monstrous acts will be some of music’s best including Cage The Elephant, Billy Idol, Lord Huron, Dirty Heads, The Beach Boys, Patti Smith, GroupLove, Phoebe Bridgers, Reignwolf, Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears and so many more. The full line up can be seen HERE!

Last year’s fest packed out Asbury park for two days of craziness with enough delicious food, arts, and festivities to keep people occupied outside of the stellar line-up. This year we are excited to see what they build off of such a solid foundation that the 2018 & 2019 years offered.

The first edition of Sea.Hear.Now, was, in our opinion, the best festival of 2018. It’s not hard to see why, but let me paint you a picture. A beautiful 70 degree weekend in September, toes planted in the sandy beach of Asbury Park, NJ and in all directions was something to illuminate your senses. On either side of the beach, there were two massive stages vibrating the tunes of Incubus, Jack Johnson, Brandi Carlile, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, Nicole Atkins and so many more. As you look out into the ocean, some of the best surfers in the world could be seen catching some waves and laughing with their friends and family.

Checkout our coverage of The Inaugural Sea.Hear.Now Here


The second edition kicked it up a notch with Dave Matthews Band and The Lumineers, the great park stage vibes as well as the main stages taking over the massive beach. It also featured a ton of stripped music sets in the Transparent Gallery tent and low and behold Mike McCready of Pearl Jam witnessed the Festival first hand, so it’s no surprise the Pearl Jam guy’s are on this year because well once you experience it, you can’t not love it! Last years line up included the sounds of The Struts, Joan Jett, DISPATCH, and The Dropkick Murphys to name a few. 

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Checkout our coverage of Sea.Hear.Now 2019 Here!

We’re really excited to see : 

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Our picks –  While the whole line-up is outstanding, some of the acts we are most excited to see include Pearl Jam, Billy Idol, The Beach Boys, Reignwolf and Phoebe Bridgers.

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Pearl Jam: The giants need no introduction, what’s exciting about having them at SHN aside from seeing them perform hit’s like “Better Man” under the stars on the beach is their long history with festival founder and photographer extraordinaire Danny Clinch. Clinch has been documenting these guys’ careers for years and most recently made the 2017 film “Let’s Play Two” documenting Pearl Jam’s love for the city of Chicago and The Cubs while in town for a concert at the historic Wrigley Field. Add to the equation they have a brand new album Gigaton.

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Billy Idol: Every year Sea.Hear.Now brings a legendary act,  2018 was Blondie and 2019 was Joan Jett. 2020 brings the one and only Billy Idol! The “White Wedding” rocker doesn’t do much as far as the festival circuit in North America goes and to boot he’s a phenomenal rock performance to see. We are overjoyed he’s part of this festival. Expect to see Mr. Idol tearing up the stage like no other and also expect a huge crowd for his set. 

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The Beach Boys: The California boys are coming to the East Coast and though they’re used to the sun and sand of the West Coast they will most definitely bring the vibes to Asbury Park come September. Is there anything cooler than seeing The Beach Boys on a beach jamming “Surfin’ U.S.A” at a music, arts and surf festival? We think not!

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Reignwolf: When we talk about rockers who’ve made a splash, Reignwolf comes to mind as one of the best. He’s got an attitude to his music and his guitar playing and he’s one hell of a performer. His latest album Hear Me Out was one of the best Alternative albums of 2019 and the competition was far from light. He is a can’t miss set at SHN.

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Phoebe Bridgers: Phoebe is a rising star and one of a kind. The California based Indie musician who crosses genres between folk rock and Indie Rock released her album Stranger In The Alps which was a critically acclaimed smash of a record. One of easily the top live performers in music, we consider her a huge heavy hitter on this star studded line up!

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Aside from great music, Sea.Hear.Now offers amazing food, art courtesy of Danny Clinch’s Transparent Gallery which you can find set up in the heart of the festival’s park and featured art from some of Danny’s friends and festival artists. There is also the now famed “Stoke Henge” which is the recycled Surfboard arch in the center of the beach and of course the Surf Programming.

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This years world class surf line up includes Cassidy McClain, Cory Lopez, Brett Barley, Balaram Stack, Sam Hammer, Pat Schmidt and many more who will compete daily in North Beach Expression Sessions. Points from the 30 min heats will be awarded for style and creativity.

2 Day general admission, GA, VIP, Platinum and Ultimate Experience tickets are available now. For the full list of line ups and activities and tickets for this year’s festival visit Remember children 7 years and younger may attend for free with a ticketed adult, so you can get your kid into great music at a young age!

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As always Sea.Hear.Now continues their commitment to raising awareness about the issues that trouble our environment including plastic waste and climate change. Last year the fest partnered with Surfrider Foundation to host their flagship greening program, Rock and Recycle where over 580 fans participated in on sight recycling. 

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The festival’s hydration stations saved over 51,954 bottles from the ocean and landfill and the festival ensured surplus food found a home post event, donating approximately 2,000 pounds to the Center in Asbury Park. 

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More information regarding this year’s sustainability initiatives and information on how you can get involved during and after Sea.Hear.Now visit .

Photos courtesy of staffers: David Zeck, Ricky Thigpen, Jimmy Warsham Diane Dimemmo

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