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Camden Waterfront prepares for annual XPoNential Music Festival

The 21st annual XPoNential Music Festival is this weekend and fans are preparing for three amazing days of music and family fun.

In years past, the XPoNential Music Festival has featured more than 400 artists in the consecutive summers that it has been hosted. The annual WXPN festival has been hosted on both sides of the Delaware River, landing this year at two venues on the Camden waterfront.

Hosted at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center, the festival will keep the tradition from previous festivals alive by showcasing a mix of national, local, and up-and-coming artists.

Overseeing the event is WXPN General Manager Roger LeMay, an 11-year member with the radio crew. LeMay was active in overseeing all aspects of the event including booking, ticketing, and customer service.


View full sizeBeck will perform at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden for the XPoNential Music Festival this weekend. (Photo provided)

"My favorite part of the festival is that almost everybody has this one same experience," LeMay said. "People show up to see this band or that performer and they always walk away with a new favorite, someone they can't forget but didn't know before. That's what we're about here at XPN. This festival is all about musical growth and discovery."

The line-up for Friday, July 25 will begin with Wiggins Park gates open at 5 p.m. for the beginning of day one. The lineup is as follows:

The Wiggins Park River Stage

Lucius — 6:45-7:25 p.m.
Hold Steady — 8:10-9 p.m.
Rodrigo y Gabriela — 9:55-11:25 p.m.

Wiggins Park Marina Stage

Viv and the Revival — 5:30-6:00 p.m.
Marian Hill — 6:10-6:40 p.m.
Houndmouth — 7:30-8:05 p.m.
James Cotton — 9:05-9:50 p.m.

The Saturday, July 26 show will begin with Wiggins Park's gates opening at
11:30 a.m.

The lineup:
Wiggins Park River Stage

Commonwealth Choir — 12:30-1 p.m.
Hurray for the Riff Raff — 1:40-2:20 p.m.
Strand of Oaks - 3:05 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band — 4:40-5:25 p.m.
Ingrid Michaelson — 6:20-7:20 p.m.

Wiggins Park Marina Stage

Our Griffins — noon-12:30 p.m.
Caitlin Rose — 1:05-1:35 p.m.
Marah — 2:25-3 p.m.
Jeremy Messersmith — 3:55-4:35 p.m.
Dave Hause — 5:30-6:15 p.m.

For the second half of the Saturday show, the Susquehanna Bank Center
will open its gates for the crowds at 7 p.m.

Susquehanna Bank Main Stage

Dawes — 7:30-8 p.m.
Jenny Lewis — 8:30-9:15 p.m.
Ryan Adams — 9:45-11:15 p.m.

On Sunday, July 27, the third and final day of the festival will commence with Wiggins Park's gates opening at 11:30 a.m.

Wiggins Park River Stage

The Lawsuits — 12:30-1 p.m.
J. Roddy Walston & the Business — 1:40-2:15 p.m.
Old 97s — 3-3:40 p.m.
Lake Street Dive — 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Trigger Hippy — 6:05-7 p.m.

Wiggins Park Marina Stage  

Ginger Coyle — noon-12:30 p.m.
Bear's Den — 1:05-1:35 p.m.
Nicole Atkins — 2:20-2:55 p.m.
Diego Garcia — 3:45-4:25 p.m.
Man Man — 5:20-6:00 p.m.

For the last and final part of the festival, the Susquehanna Bank
Center will open its gates to crowds at 7 p.m. to conclude the festival
with the final performers.

Main Stage 

The Districts — 7:15-7:45 p.m.
Band of Horses — 8:15-9:30 p.m.
Beck — 10-11:30 p.m.

"We always have a wealth of great local bands that we mix in with the national bands and that's definitely the case this year," LeMay said. 

The XPoNential Music Festival is presented by Subaru, is produced in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders, and features a lineup of established artists heard on WXPN.

Along with the talent presented on the stage, crowds can expect family friendly activities in a family-friendly environment.

"The whole festival, and the big point we try to make is that it's a very mellow and family-friendly crowd," LeMay said. "We have a ton of kids present every year, but people are skeptical because it's a rock festival. But we're a friendly crew and the kids always have fun."

The center of the family-friendly area is the Camden Children's Garden, which creates a festival-like environment for kids to enjoy referred to as The Kid's Corner. The area, which is immediately connected to the festival site, is a place where kids can run around, play instruments and games, and get their faces painted — all of which is included in the ticket price.

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