The Bamboozle

The Bamboozle

:"For the teletext, see Bamboozle. For the film, see Bamboozled.infobox music festival
music_festival_name = The Bamboozle

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location = The parking lot of the Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
years_active = 2003 - present
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genre = alternative rock, indie rock, emo, post-hardcore, pop punk, metalcore, hardcore punk, ska, hip-hop and comedy
URL = [ Official Website]
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The Bamboozle is an annual rain-or-shine, two-day music festival held in New Jersey. Every year, new bands compete for spots during the two days.

The Characters

The Bamboozle has many different characters within the festival planning. Some of these characters are real people with false identities, who work to plan and operate the festival, while others are completly fictional, and serve as a means to give the public clues as to who may be playing at The Bamboozle.

*John D, aka Willy (Wonka):Festival creator.

*Linc:Linc likes to leak information to the public about the bamboozle. The catch is he always talks in riddles and baby talk. He loves the children's show Bob the Builder, Mater from the pixar film Cars, and playing hide and seek.

*Scoop:The Bamboozle's festival reporter. Scoop shares the latest news about the festival in the Bamboozle chatroom.



The Bamboozle 2005

*April 29, April 30 and May 1.
*My Chemical Romance, The Starting Line, and Thrice headlined. [ [ Bamboozle: A Punk/Emo Fest On The Jersey Shore - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV News ] ] Originally scheduled to headline the first night, Brand New was forced to cancel their show and Thrice replaced took over as the headliner.
*Held at Asbury Park Convention Hall.
*Hosted over 150 bands.
*Bands included:

April 30:Say Anything, Mae, Silverstein, A Static Lullaby, Hidden in Plainview, Rufio, The Early November, Midtown, Senses Fail, Further Seems Forever, Fall out Boy, The Starting Line, Daisy Haze, Small Towns Burn Slower, A Wilhelm Scream, Melee, The Academy Is..., The Fight, Jamison Parker, Paramore, Moneen, Gatsby American Dream, Big D and the Kids Table, Jenoah, House of Fools, Bon Bomb, Sunglasses at Night, Veda, The Honorary Title, Number One Fan, Caffeine, The Spill Canvas, This Day and Age, Over It, Chronic Future, Copeland, Action Action, Lovedrug, Dave Melillo, Jessie Poland, John Rolston, Chase Pagan, Lucero, New Amsterdams, Hot Rod Circuit, Friends of Bamboozle, Piebald, Crime in Sterio, Kane Hodder, The Chemistry, Hit the Lights, Emanuel, Pistolita, A Thorn For Every Heart, Saosin, THe Bled, Van Stone, THe Black Maria, Emery, Mad Jule, Self Denial, Strike.Fire.Fall, Bandcamp, For Felix, Red Lyte District, Bedlight for Blue Eyes, Cute is What We Aim For, My American Heart, Tourmaline, Wakefield, Lola Ray, Sydney, Blackoutskies

May 1:Pryde, Northern State, Armor For Sleep, Catch 22, All American Rejects, Underoath, Flogging Molly, Bouncing Souls, Alkaline Trio, My Chemical Romance, Hellogoodbye, Scatter the Ashes, The Snake The Cross The Crown, Ben Nichols of Lucero, Say Anything, Let it Burn, Van Stone, The Explosion, Bayside, Circa Survive, Halifax, Throw Rag, P.O.W, Ley Royal Scam, Gym Class Heroes, Days Away, Jinxed, Punchline, Mike Park, Down to Earth Approach, Idiot Pilot, Plain White T's, Street Dogs, High School Football Heroes, Drive By, Classic Case, Caffeine, Kane Hodder, Boys Night OUt, The Chariot, These Arms are Snakes, Fear Before the March of Flames, The Sleeping, Arms of Orion, The Mile After, Jade Fire, Dead 50's, Waking Ashland, A Day at the Fair, Bear vs. Shark, Madison, Knup, Suburban Legends, ...And Then I Turned Seven, Emma, Our Dying Souls, Poor Friend Me, Copper Pot, The Lived Ones, Bind, Blind Hate Experiment, Iced Over Phoenix, More Than I, Sirsy, The Track Record, THe Vaccancies, Mike Rocket and the Stars


The Bamboozle 2006

*May 6 and May 7.
*Taking Back Sunday, and Fall Out Boy headlined.
*Reduced to 2 days
*Held at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, in the parking lot of Giants Stadium in East Rutherford.

The Bamboozle Left

*October 15 and October 16.
*Dashboard Confessional and Brand New headlined. [ [ | Bamboozle Left post updated lineup ] ]
*Held at the Cal Poly Pomona Athletic Field in Pomona, CA.
*Hosted 68 Bands on 5 stages.


The Bamboozle 2007

*May 5 and May 6.
*Held again at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.
*My Chemical Romance and Linkin Park headlined.
*Special guests: Muse, MC Hammer, Taking Back Sunday and "Weird Al" Yankovic
*Over 150 artists and comedians performed on 9 stagesThere were also many bands that performed under "mystery names." Some of these bands included The Matches (The Locals), Hawthorne Heights (The Death Of...), Thursday (Bearfort), Motion City Soundtrack (The Great American Freedom Machine), Van Stone (Yesterday's 2morrow), The Sleeping (Biker Women), Chiodos (Fluff My Boner), and Silverstein (XCanuckX)

May 5 Lineup:

(artists listed from earliest to latest time sets)

*Main Stage:Someone Say Something, Phil Benson, Boys Like Girls, Silverstein, Bayside, Cartel, Say Anything, New Found Glory, Hellogoodbye, My Chemical Romance

*Monster Energy Stage:End of an Era, The Receiving End of Sirens, Cute Is What We Aim For, Paramore, The Spill Canvas, The Starting Line, MC Hammer, Saves The Day, Muse
*Carnivale Stage:Say When, The Forecast, The Pink Spiders, Valencia, Lydia, Secondhand Serenade, This Providence, Great American Freedom Machine, The Rocket Summer

*Saints and Sinners Stage:Mutiny, The High Court, Permanent Me, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Men Woman & Children, Houston Calls, Hit The Lights, Bearfort, Elmo's Big Band, Yesterday's 2morrow, Lordi

*Riot Squad Stage:The Look, And Then There Were Machines, Forgive Durden, The AKAs, Limbeck, Manchester Orchestra, The Cribs, Hot Rod Circuit, Moneen, Captured By Robots

*Macbeth Stage:Vampire For Hire (Which changed their name to "Love Automatic"), Skull Motion, Playradioplay, Ronnie Day, Moros Eros, Madina Lake, The Audition, Meg & Dia, The Almost, The Hush Sound

*Bamboozle TV Studio:We The Kings, Holiday Parade, Envy on the Coast, The Locals, Thrice, Dan Boulger, Biker Woman, Forever In Motion, New Atlantic, Fake Gimms, Betrayal

*Pass The Mic Stage Right:Endless Escape, Render, The Sunstreak, High Class Elite, Rookie of the Year, Whole Wheat Bread, Bert Kreischer, Mitch Fatel, Mike Bocchetti, Donnell Rawlings, Just Surrender, THe Liam Show

*Pass The Mic Stage Left:The Ironbound, Ground to Machine, Capitol Risk, So They Say, Patent Pending, Nick Thune, The Casket Salesmen, Maybridge, Red Light Green Light, Between The Trees, Jeffree Star

May 6 Lineup:

(artists listed from earliest to latest time sets)

*Main Stage:
Brand New, Jedi Mind Tricks, The Early November, Mae, Armor for Sleep, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Thrice, Taking Back Sunday, Linkin Park

*Monster Energy Stage:
Cordova, Young Love, Relient K, From First to Last, Circa Survive, Killswitch Engage, Yellowcard, Jack's Mannequin, Weird Al Yankovic

*Carnival Stage:Reckless Sons, Anberlin, Lydia, Daphne Loves Derby, All Time Low, The Sleeping, Plain White T's, Van Stone, Lordi

*Saints and Sinners Stage:Four Stories, Saint Caine, Drop Dead, Gorgeous, Haste The Day, The Devil Wears Prada, It Dies Today, The Bled, Norma Jean, As I lay Dying

*Riot Squad Stage:
Blessthefall, The Oohlas, The Dear Hunter, Schoolyard Heroes, Halifax, State Radio, Rx Bandits, Silverstein, Juliette and the Licks, Captured by Robots

*Macbeth Stage:Nora, Sherwood, The Matches, Fair to Midland, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Envy on the Coast, Hawthorne Heights, Catch 22,

*Bamboozle TV Studio:Phil Benson, Secondhand Serenade, The Spill Canvas, Danger Radio, Rookie of the Year, Kyle & Nat, Retardobot, Jacks Mannequin, Treaty of Paris, Amber Pacific, Quiet Drive, The Graduate, Command Radio

*Pass The Mic Stage Right:Conditions, We Are The Fury, Drive By, Dave Melillo, Powerspace, Revolution Mother, Monty Are I, Melee, Shane Mauss, Status Green, More Like The Moon, Perfuma, Robert Kelly

*Pass The Mic Stage Left:Stereo Skyline, Clara Lofaro, Four Letter Lie, Murder & The Harlot, Chris Kanik, Kenotia, Pete Correale, Caffeine, Josh Spear, Mike Birbiglia, Blacktop Mourning, Counterfit Pennies


In 2008, The Bamboozle created The Bamboozle Roadshow and a new festival called The Hoodwink. The Bamboozle Roadshow will take place March 28th through May 10th, stopping at small venues across America, featuring several acts selected by The Bamboozle staff. The Hoodwink is scheduled to take place May 2nd, one day before the Bamboozle, in the Giants Stadium Parking lot in East Rutherford, New Jersey. In addition, The Bamboozle Left, named due to its taking place on the west coast, will be held for the second time in 2008, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater is Irvine, California.

The Bamboozle Roadshow

*Tour Dates:Mar 28–Seattle, WAMar 29–Portland, ORMar 30–San Francisco, CAApr 1–Santa Cruz, CAApr 2–Chico, CAApr 3–Sparks, NVApr 4–Las Vegas, NVApr 5–Tempe, AZApr 6–Irvine, CAApr 8–Albuquerque, NMApr 10–Austin, TXApr 11–Dallas, TXApr 12–Oklahoma City, OKApr 13–Houston, TXApr 15–Fort Lauderdale, FLApr 16–St Petersburg, FLApr 17–Orlando, FLApr 18–Atlanta, GAApr 19–Cordova, TNApr 20–Cincinnati, OHApr 21–Grand Rapids, MIApr 24–Milwaukee, WIApr 25–Chicago, ILApr 26–Detroit, MIApr 27–Columbus, OHApr 29–Norfolk, VAApr 30–Baltimore, MDMay 1–Philadelphia, PAMay 2–E. Rutherford, NJMay 3–E. Rutherford, NJMay 4–Worcester, MAMay 6–Cleveland, OHMay 7–St Louis, MOMay 8–Omaha, NEMay 9–Engelwood, COMay 10–Salt Lake City, UT

The Bamboozle Left 2008

*Took place on April 5 and April 6
*My Chemical Romance, Paramore, and The All-American Rejects headlined the festival.
*Held at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California
*Bands performing include:

April 5th

The All-American Rejects, A Rocket to the Moon, Alesana, Alkaline Trio, An Angle, The Audition, Austin Gibbs and the States, Automatic Loveletter, Bayside, Brighten, Broadway Calls, The Bouncing Souls, The Cab, The Chariot, Charlotte Sometimes, Dance Gavin Dance, Danger Radio, Daphne Loves Derby, Dear and the Headlights, Every Avenue, Eye Alaska, Face to Face, The Forecast, Four Year Strong, Hit the Lights, House of Fools, Jimmy Eat World, Josephine Collective, The Morning Light, My Evolution, New Found Glory, Our Last Night, Paper Rival, Paramore, Porcelain, Reel Big Fish, Rookie of the Year, Rx Bandits, Paramore, Say No More, Sky Eats Airplane, Sound and Fury, The Starting Line, Steel Train, Story of the Year, Streetlight Manifesto, Supernova, The Tahiti Twins, Take the Crown, Takota, Valencia, Valora, Van Stone, Vogue in the Moment, We the Kings, and Zox

April 6th

3OH!3, 7 Seconds, A Cursive Memory, A Day to Remember, The A.K.A.s, Anti-Flag, Armor for Sleep, Billy Talent, Blaqk Audio, The Bravery, Breathe Carolina, Chiodos, Chronic Future, The Color Fred, Creature Feature, Dead to Me, Dear Life, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Dr. Manhattan, Drive By, Escape the Fate, Finch, Foxy Shazam, From First to Last, Goldfinger, H2O, Hawthorne Heights, Hot Water Music, Jeffree Star, Lydia, Making April, MC Lars, The Medic Droid, Metro Station, Millionaires, MxPx, My Chemical Romance, New Tomorrow, Palmerston, Pierce the Veil, Protest the Hero, Saves the Day, Schoolyard Heroes, Secondhand Serenade, Set Your Goals, Shook Ones, The Sleeping, The Start, Street Dogs, Suburban Legends, Suicide Silence, Vinnie Caruana, and Your Vegas

The Hoodwink 2008

*Scheduled for May 2
*To be held at the Giants Stadium Parking Lot
*Both Biker Women and Fluff My Boner are aliases used by bands at The Bamboozle in previous years.
*Bands confirmed by (artists listed from earliest to latest time sets):
*Main Stage 1:
The Pink Spiders, Metro Station, Armor for Sleep, Jack's Mannequin, Say Anything
*Main Stage 2:
Mae, Finch, Saves the Day, Chiodos
*Side Stage 1:Someone Say Something, Rookie of the Year, Lydia, The Sleeping
*Side Stage 2:End of an Era, Men, Women & Children, Set Your Goals, MxPx

This is a secret or mysterious concert, and as quoted on "The Bamboozle Reserves The Right To Trick Everyone on Friday Night, May 2nd With a Mysterious Concert Held Somewhere Close To Another Major Festival," this concert speculated to be The Hoodwink. [ [ // The Hoodwink \ ] ]

Many of the names on the Hoodwink website now have a link attached to them, which you can click on taking you to the band's website.

The Bamboozle 2008

*May 3 and May 4
*Headliners are: Snoop Dogg and Jimmy Eat World on Saturday, and Panic at the Disco and Coheed & Cambria on Sunday cite web|url=|title=Live Review 5/3|accessdate=2008-05-06|publisher=inTuneMusic]
*Meadowlands Sports Complex
*Bands confirmed by include:

May 3 Lineup:

(artists listed from earliest to latest time sets)

* Photo Finish Pep Rally:Parade Gathering, Parade March, Reverand Ryan, Pop Pop Pontiff, Say Anything, DJ Prime/Reverand Ryan

* Asbury Park Stage:Can You Keep A Secret, Cute Is What We Aim For, Story of the Year, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Less Than Jake, Pepper, Chiodos, Jack's Mannequin, Paramore, Snoop Dogg

* Stage:
Trust, Secondhand Serenade, Metro Station, Streetlight Manifesto, Armor for Sleep, Mindless Self Indulgence, Tokio Hotel, Saves The Day, The Bravery, Jimmy Eat World

*Nokia Ticket Rush Stage:A Rocket to the Moon, Single File, Playradioplay, Vinnie Caruana of The Movielife, Hit the Lights, MxPx, Set Your Goals, Alien Ant Farm, Fiction Plane, I Set My Friends on Fire

*Rebel Youth Records Stage:
Holiday Parade, Dear and the Headlights, Lydia, The Maine, Snake Milk, Family Force 5, The Rocket Summer, Valencia, Men, Women & Children, Sing it Loud

*MLB Stage:
Our Last Night, Josephine Collective, A Skylit Drive, Sky Eats Airplane, Breathe Carolina, The Audition, The Chariot, Kill Hannah, The Devil Wears Prada, Jeffree Star

*The 5 Gum Stage:
Mychildren Mybride, The Sleeping featuring Sebastian Bach, Aiden, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Drop Dead, Gorgeous, Blessthefall, A Day to Remember, From First to Last, The Birthday Massacre, Alesana

*Bamboozle TV Studio:Studio Introductions, Mansions, Phil Bensen (acoustic), Anthony Raneri, Neil Rubenstein, Sound and Fury, The Pink Spiders featuring Rotten Cotton, As Tall as Lions, Bret Williams, Madina Lake, Nore Davis, Josh Spear, Blake, Zack Weber, Neil Rubenstein, Eric Riviera, Streetlight Manifesto, Let Me Run

*Linc Star Records Break Stage:The Cast Before The Break, A Love Like Pi, Barry & The Penetrators, Van Atta High, Sparkys Flaw, Krista, The Riverwinds, The Black Clouds, Gonna Get Got, Red 13, Del Jugo, Kenotia

*The Aquarian Stage:
Takota, Farewell, Every Avenue, Schoolyard Heroes, The Morning Of, Dr. Manhattan, Ludo, The Eternal Affect, Zox, Treaty of Paris, God or Julie

May 4 Lineup:

(artists from earliest to latest time sets)

*Asbury Park Stage:
The Maine, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Cobra Starship, Circa Survive, Anti-Flag, The Bouncing Souls, Bret Michaels, Motion City Soundtrack, Gym Class Heroes, Panic At The Disco

* Stage:
Finch, All Time Low, The Academy Is..., Say Anything, The Starting Line, Senses Fail, Thrice, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Coheed And Cambria

*Nokia Ticket Rush Stage:
Automatic Loveletter, My American Heart, Four Year Strong, As Tall as Lions, I Am The Avalanche, Envy on the Coast, And Then There Were Machines, The Hush Sound

*Rebel Youth Records Stage:
The Banner, Foxy Shazam, Danger Radio, Forever The Sickest Kids, We the Kings, The Fall of Troy, The Receiving End of Sirens, Every Time I Die, Emmure

*MLB Stage:A Midnight Tragedy, Between the Trees, The Secret Handshake, The Dear Hunter, 30H!3, Mayday Parade, Sound and Fury, Phantom Planet, Just Surrender, The Color Fred

*The 5 Gum Stage:
The Blackout!, Paper Rival, The White Tie Affair, Tyga, Charlotte Sometimes, Street Dogs, Alien Ant Farm, The Cab, Inspecter 7

*Bamboozle TV Studio:Trust, The Urgency, The Protomen, Stories of the Ripper, Patent Pending, Pete Isip, Dustin Chafin, Hip Hop Karaoke, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Anthony Green, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Josh Spear, Black Gold, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Thomas Dale, Can You Keep A Secret, The Photo Atlas

*Linc Star Records Break Stage:A Man's All, One Brick Down, End of an Era, Racing Kites, The Sleeping Revolt, The Thief, The Molotov Cocktails, Reverse Order, Brighten, Liam and Me, Strike

*The Aquarian Stage:The Casting Out, The Attack, The Morning Light, You Me and Everyone We Know, Article A, Greeley Estates, Sound the Alarm, David Costa, Good Old War, Innerpartysystem, October Skyline


On September 17, 2008, it was announced that the organizers are attempting to get Boyz II Men to play.

A "Punk Rock Prom" was also mentioned.




* [ The Bamboozle Official Website]
* [ The Bamboozle Left Official Website]
* [ The Bamboozle Street Team]
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