The festival failed to obtain the proper permits from the city

Bamboozle Festival 2023
Bamboozle Festival

Bamboozle Festival 2023 has been cancelled. According to, a spokesperson for Atlantic City stated that festival organizers failed to obtain the proper permits from the city to hold the three-day event. The festival did not submit the final documents needed by the city’s deadline. Since the announcement, the festival had also been plagued by several complaints and demands for refunds presumably due to a lack of organization.

Everything has been deleted from the festival’s social media accounts, except for the statement which can be read below. The festival’s website has also been scrubbed. Refunds will be able to request a refund at the point of purchase.

Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, and Motionless In White were set to lead a good crop of rock and metal acts performing at the eclectic outing. The event was scheduled for next weekend, May 5 through May 7, at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It would have been the festival’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Other acts slated to perform were Flyleaf with Lacey Sturm, Bad Omens, Finch, Hollywood Undead, I Set My Friends on Fire, Gridiron, Mayday Parade, The Spill Canvas, Scowl, Boys Like Girls, Chelsea Grin, Saosin with Anthony Green, Say Anthything, and E-Town Concrete.

“This is a party – 20 years in the making,” Founder and CEO John D’Esposito said in a statement.

Attendees were also looking forward to special performances from Attila, who are celebrating 10 years of About That Life, and Saves The Day, who are celebrating 20 years of In Reverie, as well as Palisades in their final performance ever.

In addition to live performances, the three day festival was also going to feature a midway with four amusement rides, the B-Boy Dance Competition (which was boasting a $25k prize), “The Break Contest” local band competition, Game Changer Wrestling, art installations, fan activations, merchandise, handpicked food vendors, DJ’s, clowns, a Poet, and so much more.