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Sea Hear Now festival lineup includes Boy George and Culture Club, Wet Leg

There will be an intergenerational British invasion of the Sea Hear Now festival in Asbury Park in September.

80s icons Boy George and Culture Club and brand new indie rockers Wet Leg, both from the UK, have been added to the 2022 lineup of the Sea Hear Now festival, which takes place on the beach on September 17 and 18 from the city and Bradley Park.

Green Day and Stevie Nicks are the headliners.

Culture Club racked up hits with “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”, “Time (Clock of the Heart)”, “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya”, “Church of the Poison Mind”, “Karma Chameleon” and Suite . In the 80s, outspoken singer Boy George was at the forefront of the gay rights movement of the time.

Wet Leg, Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers from the Isle of Wight, broke through with new wave-y rocker “Chaise Longue” in 2021.

Tickets, starting with two-day general admission for $255.15 (including fees), are available through

Other artists in the 2022 festival include My Morning Jacket, Billy Strings, Cage the Elephant, Gary Clark Jr., The Head and the Heart, IDLES, Courtney Barnett and many more. Locals putting on the show include Dogs in a Pile, Dentist, Lost in Society, and the Vansaders. Fletcher, a Wall native known for her synth-pop hit “Undrunk,” is also on the bill.

Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins headlined Sea Hear Now 2021. The festival was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. He debuted in 2018 with Jack Johnson and Incubus as headliners. The Dave Matthews Band and Lumineers headlined in 2019. The 2020 lineup was largely picked up for the 2021 festival.

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The Sea Hear Now also has a visual art and surfing component.

Sea Hear Now is produced by C3 Presents, the team behind Lollapalooza, and locals Danny Clinch and Tim Donnelly. Clinch is a Toms River native who has photographed music greats from Bruce Springsteen to Tupac Shakur.

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Jersey Shore native Chris Jordan covers entertainment and reporting for USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]