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Sound on Sound 2023

SEPTEMBER 30, 2023 - OCTOBER 01, 2023



Bridgeport, Conn. will once again turn into the Constitution State’s biggest attraction at the end of September. This year’s Sound On Sound has got a great rock and alt-rock lineup and, with only one stage and no overlapping sets, you can take in every act. On day one, Steel Pulse will make a powerful reggae contribution to Sammy Rae and The Friends’ vibrating combination of rock, folk, funk, soul and jazz, followed later in the day by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats’ twangy, high energy rock. And all of this will lead up to festival headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

The next day, you’ll shift gears. Sound On Sound will take it slow, moving into charming and perhaps country-adjacent vibes. There will definitely be a lot of acoustic guitarists: Calder Allen, Margo Price, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, rounded out by the king of acoustics himself, Connecticut native John Mayer. 

This year’s Sound On Sound comes with some updates, the most interesting being the larger perimeter the Festival has assumed at Seaside Park, which, as its name implies, is next to the Atlantic Ocean. Why should you care? In addition to giving you more freedom to dance, more space means more activities, vendors, and food, plus a new Ferris wheel that overlooks the Long Island Sound. It’s cooler than it sounds. 

Let’s talk about food. The festival is a showcae for local Bridgeport food vendors and if you’re familiar with the area, you’ll recognize places like Zuppardi’s Pizza, 29 Markle CT and Little Pub. 

The Specs

  • About 48,000 people attended the festival last year.  
  • General Admission starts at $179 for a single day and $279 for two days. General Admission Plus starts at $279 for a single day and $499 for two days. VIP starts at $399 for a single day and $749 for two days. The Alle Sky Deck, an exclusive seated viewing area on an elevated terrace, starts at $649 for one day and $1299 for two days. 
  • Use Fifty Grande’s guide of New Haven, Conn. to add a twist to your weekend.


What is the closest airport to the festival?

The closest airport to get to the Sound on Sound Festival is Tweed New Haven Airport, which is only 23 miles from Seaside Park. 

What are other great ways to and from the festival?

You can hop on a Metro-North or Amtrak to Bridgeport, CT. The train station is only a 30-minute walk to and from Seaside Park, or even a shorter trip if you decide to bike. There is bike parking available at the Festival. 

Is the festival cashless?

Yes, you will be able to use credit and debit cards, as well as any mobile payment methods

What time can I arrive?

The Festival opens both days at 11:45 a.m. and it closes around 11 p.m.

Which artists are on the 2023 lineup?

Saturday, September 30th: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Trey Anastasio Band, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lord Huron, Steel Pulse, Joy Oladokun, Sammy Rae & The Friends, Deep Banana Blackout, Briscoe, Kiernan Rhodes, Julai and the Serotones.  Sunday, October 1st: John Mayer, Alanis Morissette, Hozier, Dispatch, MT. JOY, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Margo Price, Cautious Clay, Gin Blossoms, Calder Allen, Snacktime.

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BY Anna Montagner