Gathering of the Vibes

Gathering of the Vibes 2016 is a music, arts, and camping festival spanning four days . It commemorates the legendary band, The Grateful Dead, and features a wide array of music styles.

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Gathering of the Vibes Music and Facts

Over four days, festival-goers will hear music styles including reggae, blues, rock, funk, soul, folk, bluegrass, and R&B between two main festival stages. World-renowned musicians play Gathering of the Vibes including Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, Les Claypool, The Allman Brothers, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

For almost two decades, Gathering of the Vibes festival has paid tribute to the Grateful Dead with an annual arts and music festival playing to a crowd ranging from 15,000 to 25,000. The festival showcases indie bands and emerging talent too, much like OZZFest and Camp Bisco, creating an avenue for emerging talent. Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut is one of the festival's main locations, but it has taken place at a number of other venues before it. The festival focuses on the sub-culture derived by followers of the Grateful Dead (known as Deadheads) a band with 30 years of success behind them, and iconic band leader Jerry Garcia.

Garcia's passing in 1995 left Deadheads without a band to follow or a legend to idolize. Self-proclaimed Deadhead Ken Hays brought Deadheads together for a memorial called Deadhead Heaven–A Gathering of the Tribe. That was in 1996. One year later the small memorial took root in Croton Point Park, New York, and was given the new name Gathering of the Vibes.

By 1999, The Vibes found a new home ideal for the festival and Gathering of the Vibes tickets were sold for the first time at Seaside Park, Connecticut. Due to park restructuring, the festival moved to Mariaville, New York's Indian Lookout Country Club, where it presented between 2002 and 2006. The next year the festival returned to Seaside Park.

Tickets to Gathering of the Vibes

Gathering of the Vibes tickets are four-day passes available as Way-Advanced tickets, Advanced Tickets, and regular four-day passes, all offering access to four days and three nights of music. Non-camping, single-day gathering of the Vibes tickets are available after advanced tickets are sold. VIP Passes are available and involve a complete VIP experience, from party tents to free drinks and food, to hot meals with famous band members. VIP tickets are significantly cheaper for kids between 6 and 12 and free for kids 5 and under.

Lodging at Gathering of the Vibes

Camping is a quintessential experience when attending the Gathering of the Vibes festival 2016. There has been camping offered at each and every festival and it continues to be offered. Camping is included in the price of Gathering of the Vibes tickets. The Seaside Park venue is a beautiful one, and the camping areas include waterfront, treed lots, and field camping. There are hot showers and flushable toilets throughout the park. There are also a limited number of RV spaces available. Families will enjoy a designated quiet camping area along with a kids corner and teen center. The festival also offers a featured festival hotel within Bridgeport, Connecticut, for cheaper cost, free parking, and a free shuttle to and from the venue.

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