No concerts at Festival Pier this summer, but the shows will go on

Andrew Kramer
March 15, 2019 - 9:48 pm

Andrew Kramer/KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - When the weather warms up, Festival Pier at Penn's Landing usually becomes a popular spot for music lovers to go to enjoy an outdoor concert.

But not this summer.

Live Nation and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation have confirmed to KYW Newsradio that all concerts currently scheduled for Festival Pier this year won't happen. They aren't being cancelled, rather they will be relocated to a different venue in Philadelphia. 

This is because of redevelopment. 

This news was not music to the ears of Michael Clemmons, who lives nearby.

"It just upsets me," he said. "(The atmosphere) is like no other. You ever been to a football game? A concert's like that times ten."

He said he likes to spend as much time as he can during the summer at Festival Pier. 

Brian has been to a lot of Festival Pier concerts, too. Most recently, he saw the Goo Goo Dolls perform. 

"It's unfortunate," he said of the summer closing. "It takes an attraction away from the city. It was nice to go to when you wanted to, they had a lot of midweek concerts, that was always a nice break."

Live Nation is calling this a "sabbatical" but wouldn't get into any more detail about the future of Festival Pier beyond this summer. 

They added the recent announcement that the Roots Picnic was moving from Festival Pier to the Mann Center this June had nothing to do with this latest news and that was always the intention.

The DRWC said they want to make the best use of this space as they can through this redevelopment and they hope to still have some concerts at Penn's Landing's Great Plaza this summer.

Both Live Nation and the DRWC say they will update their websites with where the scheduled Festival Pier shows will be moved to as that information becomes available.