Summer Set boasts biggest concert lineup yet
Somerset Amphitheater’s third annual Summer Set music festival is set to kick off Friday, Aug. 15, and run through Sunday, Aug. 17. Concert-goers have the chance to jam out to headlining acts like Wu Tang Clan, Bassnectar, Tyler the Creator and Flux Pavilion.
According to one of the main event promoters, Jack Trash of Sound in Motion in Minneapolis, after two years of marketing research after the first two Summer Sets, a few changes are coming to the festival.
“We listened, looked, and discussed every single message, comment, complaint, thought you had on your mind about SSMF. Countless hours have gone into improving the festival from the ground up,” a post on Sound in Motion’s Facebook page says.
Jack Trash said this year’s lineup of performers is the largest in festival history.
“Last year, we added the Grove stage area, which was immensely popular,” Jack Trash said. “This year, we made a lot of improvements to that area, making it a bowl area like the main stage. We increased the capacity by about 3,000 people.”
A new open-air stage was added this year called the Big Top. Jack Trash said the Big Top is set up in an open, grassy area with new landscaping. It will be used primarily for DJs, including dramatic lighting and visual displays.
“We’ve also made improvements to the festival infrastructure,” Jack Trash said.
One main point of contention in past years was the number of security checkpoints between stage areas, Jack Trash said. This year, the entire festival area is fenced, eliminating the need for checkpoints between staging areas.
Jack Trash said attendees will also appreciate increased access to water drinking fountains and fill stations. New camping options are available, including a VIP area in the woods with amenities, a preferred camping area (primarily for RV camping and those who want more space) and shuttle options.
Friday’s headliners are Kaskade, the Disco Biscuits and Chromeo. Other featured acts include RL Grime, Danny Brown, Figure, Break Science, Luminox, Treasure Fingers, Exmag, Moon Boots, Manci Focus, Gemini Club, Heatbox, Russ Liquid, Tugg, Useful Jenkins, Menage Quad, Boombox Cartel, Antics, Strange Names and Duenday.
Saturday is headlined by Wu Tang Clan, Big Gigantic, Schoolboy Q and Flux Pavilion. Other performers set to appear are Cherub, Cults, Chainsmokers, Claude VonStroke, Caked Up, Isaiah Rasha, Passafire, Sound Remedy, Autograf, Big Wu, Teknicolor, Sonny Knight & the Lakers, Steez, Metabaque, Soap, Real Magic and Bokken.
Sunday’s big names are Bassnectar, Umphrey’s McGee and Datsik. The festival’s last day winds down with these acts: Aer, Cedric Gervais, Flying Lotus, Green Velvet, MS54, Floozies, Probcause, Fringe Character, Kids Like Us, Main Squeeze, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Ras Movement, Cities of Gold and Velvo.
One of the featured acts, Chance the Rapper, cancelled the rest of his summer tour due to exhaustion, according to various music news websites. Event promoters announced Tyler the Creator as the replacement act for the slot.
One-day concert passes are $49.50. A three-day weekend pass is $125. Camping is not included in those prices.
For more information on concert lineups, after-parties and camping options, follow the fest at instagram.com/summersetfest, twitter.com/Summer__Set, facebook.com/SummerSetFest or summersetfestival.com.