By a 10-0 vote Wednesday night a joint committee of the City Council approved the contract for the Sound on The Sound music festival proposed for Seaside Park next September, a multi-day event expected to attract roughly 35,000 concert-goers per day for high profile rock and R&B artists.
A vote by the full City Council is anticipated at Monday night’s meeting.
The proposed event is a collaboration of Howard Saffan, developer of the Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater that just closed out its concert season, music promoter Live Nation and the founders of the decade-long New York City music festival Governor’s Ball, Jordan Wolowitz and Tom Russell.
Saffan and Russell presented details of the festival event to council members via Zoom meeting.
The Parks Commission has approved licensing for the event. The music festival contract calls for the organizers to cover all associated public safety and clean-up costs with the city guaranteed $100,000 but the take is projected to be more than double that based on receiving five percent of gross ticket sales.
Promoters are eyeing weekends of September 17-18 and September 24-25 for musical showcases.
Patrons for this festival will come into Seaside Park and leave on the same night. Overnight camping will not be allowed.
Organizers say the timeline for approval is critical with a multitude of organizational logistics required for the undertaking including locking in musical acts. Bridgeport’s amphitheater already has more than one dozen unannounced bookings for the 2022 concert season.