Pinelands Music Festival 2016

Sunday, Oct. 9th, 2016 @ Cumberland County Fairgrounds, Millville, NJ

By Sean McCall

           “Pinelands” is a music festival based in Millville, New Jersey, conveniently located in New Jersey’s own Pine Barrens.  This music festival is an annual event that is fairly new.  The first annual Pinelands festival was last summer in 2015 featuring well-known acts such as The Spill Canvas (SD), X Ambassadors (NY), You Blew It! (FL), You Me & Everyone We Know (D.C.), A Great Big Pile of Leaves (NY), Hellogoodbye (CA), and even The Early November from New Jersey.  2015 was very successful with all those big names on the bill, so they decided to keep it coming year-round.

Pinelands 2015 flier line-up

Pinelands 2015 flier line-up

          Each year, Pinelands makes a Spotify playlist for their fans to listen to in advance before the festival begins.  You can check out their playlists below:


          This year, Pinelands will be hosting another solid handful of bands with very established names under their belt.  Some of the big names on this year's festival are:

Hawthorne Heights
(Ohio | Rock)

Hidden In Plain View
(NJ | Pop-Punk, Rock)

 Sleepwave (former singer of Underoath)
(Florida | Rock)

68 (2-piece – former member of The Chariot)
(Georgia | Post-Punk)

(Philly | Indie, Pop)

(NY | Punk, Melodic Hardcore)

Head North
(NY | Rock)

(NJ | Indie, Post-Rock)

Young English
(NY | Emo, Punk)

(NJ | Alternative)

Your Persona
(NJ | Post-Hardcore)

Brock Landers
(NJ | Rock)

Kid Felix
(NJ | Rock)

(NJ | Alternative Emo)

Breaking Tradition
(NJ | Alternative) 

Sleep In.
(NJ | Alternative)

Rich People
(NJ | Alternative Rock)

Better Machines
(NJ | Alternative, Punk)

(Philly | Indie, Garage Rock)

My Life on Film
(NJ | Alternative, Punk-Rock)

Old City Revival
(NJ | Indie, Alternative Rock) 

About the Writer

Sean McCall is a Music Business Technology Major studying at Rowan University with a Minor in Theatre.  He has been attending shows and events since he was in middle school and has had his own band he’s been involved in for about 7 years called Breaking Tradition.  He has been actively involved in the music scene since he was young and holds an overall passion for all types of music.  He has an ear for music and tries to pick up as many instruments as he can.  Sean has sung in multiple competitive honor choirs throughout the country, ranging from All-State Honor Choir to as far as All-National Honor Choir, and plans to take off in the Music Industry in as many ways possible.  Sean also recently helped book a show in Glassboro with his friends, Alex LaVallee and Alex Bradley, and plans to book many more independent shows in the near future.  With a passion for music, bands, and the overall scene, he is adding music journalism to his resumé to contribute even further into this talented area we call home.