(April 19, 2019) A fourth day of the inaugural Jellyfish Festival was unanimously endorsed by the Ocean City Council on Monday.
Organizer Brad Hoffman asked the council to add a Thursday, June 20 kickoff party for area military, police, emergency services and fire personnel.
Previously, the festival was to run June 21-23, with headlining acts including Badfish and Ballyhoo on Friday, Styx and Crack the Sky on Saturday, and Newsboys and Crowder on Sunday.
Hoffman has since joined forces with the Maryland State Fireman’s Association Convention and Conference, which runs from June 15-21 this year.
“Early on in the process after the Jellyfish Festival was approved, the mayor, Rick Meehan, reached out to me,” Hoffman said. “He had had a conversation with the Maryland State Fireman’s Association and they were interested in working with the Jellyfish Festival to extend their stay a little bit [and] try to get their people excited about something new.”
Hoffman said he came up with “a day that would embrace all first responders,” to include a fitness zone, a video slide show paying tribute to first responders, and live music from noon until 5 p.m.
The full festival area, set to include multiple stages for live music, will not yet be open.
“I thought it was a great way to kick off the festival. It also would be a soft kind of litmus stress test for the venue,” Hoffman said. “In the end, I just think it’s a great feel for the event and it’s a great way to extend the stay of the firemen into the future, as this event grows.”
Councilwoman Mary Knight moved to approve the request, adding she applauded Hoffman.
Councilman Tony DeLuca seconded the motion with a comment.
“What happened to the Foo Fighters?” DeLuca asked, referring to Hoffman’s initial festival pitch.
“We’ve got a lot of great bands, Councilman DeLuca, and Jellyfish is shaping up just fine,” Hoffman said.
“I’m excited about it,” DeLuca added.
For more information on the Jellyfish Festival, visit www.jellyfishfestival.com.