Dig out those shagging shoes! Emerald Isle is buzzing with excitement this summer as word spreads about the Emerald Isle’s Beach Music Festival’s return. Planned for Saturday, Aug. 27, the town has a day full of music on tap, including Jim Quick & Coastline, The Tams, Too Much Sylvia and Hip Pocket. The event runs from 11am to about 7pm at the Western Ocean Regional Access near the Islander.
11:30am – Spare Change
12:30pm – Too Much Sylvia
1:30pm – Jim Quick & Coastline
2:30pm – The Fantastic Shakers
3:30pm – Hip Pocket with special guest Danny Woods
4:30pm – The Tams
“The town is very excited to bring back the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival, which was incredibly successful in the 1980s and 1990s and helped to put Emerald Isle on the map. We’ve got a great lineup of beach music performers for the return of this great event on Aug. 27 and we are hoping for a big crowd in Emerald Isle that weekend,” said Town Manager Frank Rush. “We’re also excited to have the festival on the beach strand itself, with the stage constructed atop the dunes, facing the ocean, with the audience on the beach. It should be a great day in Emerald Isle, and encourage everyone to enjoy it with us! It’s free to the public!”
Started in 1979 by former mayor Ronnie Watson, the festival was often dubbed the largest beach music festival in the country. According to news accounts, attendance could reach up to 15,000 people each year, especially if the weather was ideal. The music came to a halt in 1999.
The notion of bringing the festival back for an encore came from public feedback, said Rush. During an economic development survey it was suggested that the town pursue a major fall event and that it host more events on the beach strand. Those sentiments were echoed during the 2015 town elections.
The response, Rush said, from the town’s board of commissioners, business community, residents and visitors has been overwhelmingly positive.
Everyone is invited to attend. Parking will be available along Hwy 58. As always, the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival is free to attend.