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Bon Jovi + Foo Fighters + Blink-182 = Bamboozle 2012

10:01 AM Tuesday 12/13/11 | |

The New Jersey festival returns to Asbury Park May 18-20 for a beach and boardwalk extravaganza marking its 10th anniversary.

  • Bon Jovi

    FedExForum, Memphis. Tenn.
    May 19, 2011

    (Joe Murphy / Joe Murphy Photography)


Although Bamboozle is boasting about its three top-tier headliners – Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters and Blink-182 – the festival built by east coast promoter John D’Esposito (John D.) has always been about up-and-coming artists. While talking with Pollstar in 2010, John D. described his event’s position on the mega-festival food chain.

“All the cool people, like the VIPs, the record label execs, they all go to Coachella but the A&R kids come to Bamboozle,” John D. said. “And that’s what means the most to me.

“From the Jonas Brothers to My Chemical Romance to Fall Out Boy, throughout all my festivals, that’s the basis of my relationships that I carry through to this day. And one of the most important parts of this business is where you came from.”

While announcing his 2012 Bamboozle plans, John D. talked about returning the festival to its birthplace on the Jersey Shore.

“For the 10th anniversary, it was important to create an event that would leave a lasting impression,” John D. said in a statement. “In order to do that we had to go back to where the seed had been planted, Asbury Park.”

A global presale of three-day passes begins today for Bon Jovi fans via the band’s website. Citi members also get a presale today via the credit card’s Private Pass Program. The general onsale begin Saturday. Head on over to TheBamboozle.com for everything you need to know.

To learn more about Bamboozle, click here to read Pollstar’s 2010 interview with John D.