Inside Sea.Hear.Now: See What Made the Festival a Hit

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On Saturday and Sunday, the Sea.Hear.Now music festival kicked off in Asbury Park, New Jersey - but there was more to be seen than just the live performances.

Attended by RADIO.COM's ALT 92.3, the music festival featured headliners The Lumineers and Dave Matthews Band, with performances from other artists like Dropkick Murphys, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Cat Power, Sharon Van Etten, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

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But the festival didn’t stop at the lineup of amazing bands. The event featured artwork, great food, surfing opportunities, and more.

Here are some of the highlights of Sea.Hear.Now.

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The weekend kicked off with a killer crowd, all dressed in their music festival best and ready to hit the beach. Some concert-goers got particularly crafty with how they chose to spend their time in the sun.

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But for some, just bringing their bodies and their blankets wasn't enough. Others brought other props for their activities, like the fan below spinning hula hoops around for a crowd of onlookers.

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Among the throngs of artists, acrobats, and hoop girls came a crew of surfers. With surfing opportunities along the beach and a festival full of pros, there were plenty of chances for beach-goers to scratch their surfing itch.

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Some of the professionals present included Balaram Stack, Sam Hammer, Brett Barley, and Rob Kelly.

If surfers wanted to really get back to their roots, they could stand by while a surfboard artisan sanded and shaped custom boards.

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Festival attendees with more of an artistic side to them could enjoy the Transparent Clinch Gallery. The beautifully curated tent featured artwork from artists of all types, particularly the photography of Danny Clinch.

But in a turn leaving fans of the musicians verklempt, all pieces came from performers at the festival. The exhibit featured the artwork of Dave Matthews, Greg Graffin, Stefan Lessard, and many others.

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The gallery featured drawings, paintings, abstract installations, and a slew of photography from some of the festival's most talented (and multi-faceted) performers and artists.

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In fact, the festival was lined with art installations, with jellyfish landmarks blowing in the beach breeze just outside of the festival's main stage.

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All of the artwork, surfing, shows, and activities left almost everyone at the mercy of the various food vendors present for some much-needed energy boosts. The food stands featured specialties from Simply Southern, Humpty's Dumplings, Melt Shop, Local Smoke BBQ, and many more.

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After a long day of eating, acrobatics, hula hooping, lounging, drinking, and perusing, thousands of fans gathered at the Surf main stage for their favorite headliners - a long day going out with a bang.

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