(June 14, 2019) The inaugural Jellyfish Festival will take place next weekend, on the beach from the inlet pier to North Division Street.

The three-day event will highlight “the art of music and sports” and is sponsored by the Town of Ocean City, Livewire Media and Events, and Culture Changers LLC.

The large-scale music and sporting event will take over six blocks along downtown Ocean City, north of the pier, with three themed days of music, featuring “Fresh Friday,” “Classic Saturday” and “Music with a Message Sunday.”

“It took a whole town, a lot of work, multiple partnerships and a lot of effort from our team,” Organizer Brad Hoffman said. “But the town and city and our sponsors and all the great people that have supported this event brought it together.

“We couldn’t have done it without the help of the Town of Ocean City and their support,” he continued. “Not only financially, but on bringing this thing together. I really want to thank all the sponsors that stepped up to allow us to make this happen. Their sponsorships and support are what brought it together and now we’re just going to unveil the Jellyfish Festival year number one and we’re really excited to see the reception and we think it’s gonna be a long-standing event in Ocean City.”

The opening ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. next Friday with the Marine Corps League presenting the colors.

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Styx will perform during the Saturday night show of the inaugural Jellyfish Festival next weekend.

Local, regional and national musical acts are booked, along with extreme sports demonstrations including freestyle motocross, fitness components, sound and light shows across multiple stages, along with family entertainment.

“Fresh Friday” headliners include Badfish, Ballyhoo!, King Schascha, and Sweet Leda. “Classic Saturday” headliners are Styx, Crack the Sky, Ravyns, and Stone Senate. Scheduled for “Music with a Message Sunday” are headliners Newsboys and Crowder.

Smaller stages throughout the festival grounds will feature acoustic acts and additional entertainment.

Around 100 local, regional and national artisans will display their crafts in the Jellyfish Arts and Crafts Tent. In this same zone, guests will also find a kid’s art and music area. Local musician Lauren Glick will use her teaching skills to inspire children as budding songwriters.

OC Painting Experience and TC Studios will host a Jellyfish “Art Zone” in the tent.

“I thought there needed to be an event that could fit the needs of the town, bringing the music and the major entertainment to the beach which is one of the best venues in the state,” Hoffman said. “I thought, ‘What better place to see these bands than on the ocean right there on our beautiful beach?’ But this is more music and the icing on the cake is the extreme sports.”

Several sporting events will take place during the festival, including a “ninja” sand course, motocross team, fat tire bike zones, yoga and an ultimate Frisbee competition.

Also scheduled are freestyle disc demonstrations and a nine-hole disc golf course on the beach. Events will also include a Friday night clinic for children, and youth tournaments on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, email Bryant Dean at oeancitybeachultimate@gmail.com.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 23.

“Three days on the sand,” Hoffman said. “Bring your families, bring your friends. It’s a new, exciting thing in Ocean City.”

Single-day passes start at $49 and two-day passes begin at $79. To purchase tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.jellyfishfestival.com.

For more information, or to inquire about committee membership, contact Hoffman at brad@live-wire-media.com, or 443-366-5944, or visit the Jellyfish Festival Facebook page or official jellyfish festival website at www.jellyfishfestival.com.

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