Middltetown, New Jersey -- After years of rumors, fake news stories, and plenty of pestering by festival founder John D'Esposito, Midtown
have announced they will reunite to headline both nights of the 2014's Skate and Surf Festival
on May 17-18 in Middletown, NJ.
Along with Midtown, other bands announced today include The Early November, Circa Survive, DMX, Hidden in Plain View, and Saosin, reunited with former lead singer Anthony Green. Scroll down to see the full lineup so far.
Skate and Surf, which was founded in 2001, came off an eight-year hiatus last year. D'Esposito emphasized that reviving the festival meant returning to its roots and, in doing so, he booked Fall Out Boy as a headliner, who had previously played Skate and Surf in 2003 and had ended their own hiatus in 2013. The announcement of Midtown's reunion echoes that of Fall Out Boy's - they played Skate and Surf in 2002, 2003, and 2004, and will return ten years later after a 2005 breakup.
In the past few years, D'Esposito has voiced his desire to book Midtown, likely a difficult feat due to some band member's post-Midtown projects. Singer Gabe Saporta fronts pop outfit Cobra Starship, guitarist Heath Saraceno sung for rock band Senses Fail, and drummer Rob Hitt runs I Surrender Records. Cobra Starship has been mostly inactive since they put out their last album in 2011, and Saraceno quit Senses Fail in 2009. It is unclear exactly why Midtown finally decided to reunite for 2014's Skate and Surf, but their appearance should solidify D'Esposito's vision of returning to the festival's roots.
Saosin will also contribute to the nostalgic lineup, as they'll perform with their original singer, Anthony Green, who left the band in 2004. His current band, Circa Survive, is also on the bill.
Skate and Surf's 2013 incarnation featured a solid, if not excellent, lineup, including Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Andrew W.K., Streetlight Manifesto, and A Day to Remember. The lineup was so good, in fact, that it prompted a venue change due to high ticket sales. Moving from iPlay America to Six Flags Great Adventure, the new venue disappointed some fans who felt it was not logistically optimal for a music festival. That, paired with poor weather, led to a less-than-optimal return to the festival circuit.
This year's festival will take place at the Middletown Sports Complex
in Middletown, NJ. It does not appear that the complex has hosted a music festival before, so we can only hope it will allow fans to fully enjoy the reunions announced.
Besides the reunion announcements, the bill so far features a mix of both veteran and up-and-coming emo, pop-punk, indie, and metal bands. Weekend tickets go on sale
February 18 at 3pm EST, and the next official lineup announcement will come on March 17.
Full Lineup so Far (Day One)
: Midtown, Saosin ft. Anthony Green, The Early November, Emmure, Upon a Burning Body, Like Moths to Flames, NGHBRS, Basic Vacation, Youth in Revolt, Chasing Safety, Brick+Mortar, Gift Giver, Somewhere in Time, Sylar, Sirens and Sailors, Linc's Special Guest, more to be announced.
Full Lineup So Far (Day Two): Circa Survive, DMX, Hidden in Plain View, Pianos Become the Teeth, Patent Pending, Ballyhoo!, Fit for a King, Structures, Black Breath, Tiny Moving Parts, Chon, Bears & Motorcycles, more to be announced.