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2023 XPoNential Music Festival Announces Complete Schedule

originally published: 09/07/2023

2023 XPoNential Music Festival Announces Complete Schedule

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(CAMDEN, NJ) -- The stage schedule has been announced for the 2023 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru, the three-day outdoor festival produced by Philadelphia public radio station WXPN in partnership with the Camden County Board of Commissioners. The festival will take place from Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24 at Wiggins Park on the Delaware River in Camden, New Jersey.

The 2023 festival lineup features Old Crow Medicine Show, Tegan and Sara, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, The Hold Steady, Margo Price, Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, Allison Russell, Low Cut Connie, Sammy Rae & The Friends, Bailen, Wednesday, Wilder Woods, Celisse, Leyla McCalla, Bobby Rush, Say She She, Sunny War, Don McCloskey, Julia Pratt, Nik Greeley and the Operators, Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz, Moustapha Noumbissi, Mobbluz, Velvet Rouge, Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, Wednesday, Wilder Woods, Bobby Rush and Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz.

This will be the 30th edition of WXPN’s annual music festival, which has presented 717 performances by 580 artists since 1994. Often cited for its expert curation and diversity of artists and music genres, the festival was recently named Best Music Festival by Philadelphia magazine in its “Best of Philly'' awards. The festival began in 1994 as the two-day WXPN Singer-Songwriter Weekend, located at Penn’s Landing on the Philadelphia side of the Delaware Riverfront. In 2005, the festival relocated to Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ, and Subaru became the presenting sponsor. The festival was renamed the XPoNential Music Festival in 2007.

2023 XPoNential Music Festival Announces Complete Schedule

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Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ, directly across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, is conveniently accessible via river ferry and other public transportation. Ticket holders can bring their own coolers and lawn chairs to enjoy the park’s two riverfront stages in natural amphitheaters that produce great sound, and riverfront promenades providing spectacular views of the Philadelphia skyline.

Tickets: Adult 3-Day Pass: $216 ($162 for WXPN members); Adult Single-Day: $75 ($60 for WXPN members); Kids age 2-12: $10 pass valid all 3 days. Tickets are available for purchase online.

The 2023 XPoNential Music Festival will feature these established, new and local artists (schedule subject to change):

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Wiggins Park gates open at 4:30pm

Marina Stage 

5:00pm-5:35pm  Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz

6:20pm-7:05pm  Don McCloskey

8:15pm-9:05pm  Say She She

 



 
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River Stage

5:40pm-6:15pm  Nik Greeley and The Operators

7:15pm-8:10pm  Margo Price

9:15pm-10:30pm  Old Crow Medicine Show


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Wiggins Park gates open at 12:00pm



 
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Marina Stage

12:30pm-1:05pm  Moustapha Noumbissi

1:50pm-2:30pm  Bailen

3:25pm-4:10pm  Bobby Rush

5:15pm-6:00pm  Wednesday

7:15pm-8:05pm  Celisse

River Stage

1:10pm-1:45pm  Julia Pratt

2:35pm-3:20pm  Wilder Woods



 
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4:20pm-5:10pm  Sammy Rae & The Friends

6:10pm-7:10pm  Tegan and Sara

8:15pm-9:30pm  The Hold Steady


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Wiggins Park gates open at 12:00pm

Marina Stage

12:30pm-1:00pm  Velvet Rouge

1:40pm-2:20pm  Sunny War

3:15pm-4:05pm  Allison Russell

5:15pm-6:05pm  Low Cut Connie

River Stage

1:05pm-1:35pm  Mobbluz

2:25pm-3:10pm  Leyla McCalla

4:15pm-5:10pm  Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band

6:10pm-7:20pm  Bruce Hornsby  & The Noisemakers

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

* Dogfish Head beer, Svedka cocktails, and wine will be available for purchase to adults age 21+



 
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* Federal Donuts’ special new XPoNential 30 Donut created in celebration of the festival's 30th anniversary is a spiced cake donut with a raspberry milkshake and peach glaze that will be available at the FedNuts truck at the festival.

* A site-wide 30th anniversary Fest & Find scavenger hunt will allow festival goers to hunt for clues for a chance to win prizes

* The Festival Shop powered by Main Street Music will offer commemorative 30th XPNFEST gear, artist merchandise, and musical gems from their Manayunk shop

* The XPN Central area will showcase creative works made in tribute to Philly’s rich Black music heritage by Black Music City 2023 grant winners

* The Kids Corner area located by the water in Wiggins Park will feature live appearances from Kids Corner host Kathy O’Connell along with some other friends of the program. There will be free face painting Saturday and Sunday starting at noon, plus family-friendly giveaways, lawn games and interactive art projects.

* WXPN will announce the theme for this year’s end-of-year countdown at the festival, and how listeners can participate in the popular, multi-day special programming feature that’s focused around a specific theme.

* An extensive selection of locally-made foods and beverages, along with many handcrafted items, will be available. WXPN members also get complimentary beverages and can meet select festival artists in the Member's Area.

WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music that is distributed by NPR to more than 280 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, North Jersey/Poconos at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org. The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. www.xpn.org.


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