Miguel Partners with the Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival

Miguel, a Grammy-award winning singer known for his unique blend of musical genres, has officially announced his plans to partner with Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival in San Diego, CA. His involvement in the event, including his role as a headlining performer, will bring many additional festival experiences to world-class artists and attendees alike.

“It’s an opportunity to highlight the unique energy and charm of San Diego,” Miguel says. “Being born and raised in SoCal and spending lots of time in SD, it all feels very natural and I’m excited to contribute both as a stakeholder and performer!”

Over 70 artists, such as Slightly Stoopid and Nicky Jam, will be joining Miguel to share their musical talents at Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival from November 22-24, 2019. Attendees will be invited to enjoy the music and a wide variety of activities throughout Downtown San Diego that reflect what makes this destination “America’s Finest City.”

Ready to be a part of history? Get your tickets to the inaugural Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival now before they’re gone! https://wonderfrontfestival.com/ticket-info/

The game-changing aspect of Wonderfront Festival

Our co-founder Ernie Hahn reinforced the game-changing aspect of Wonderfront Festival in an interview with the San Diego Reader. In today’s Blurt article, Ernie provided further insight into what differentiates Wonderfront from existing events and where those ideas originally stemmed from.

A proud San Diegan through-and-through, Ernie paid his respect to the city’s historic Street Scene, claiming it was “THE festival” prior to its closer in 2009. As a multi-venue festival, attendees were free to enter and exit the event at will, allowing them to avoid festival fatigue, an idea that has been carried through to Wonderfront.

With traditional venues preventing re-entry, festivalgoers are forced to plan their entire experience around a four-hour window before their stamina drops. For Ernie, “That is not a festival.” At Wonderfront, technology will help spectators avoid both fatigue and venue entrapment. Each guest will be provided with a RFID wristband allowing unlimited re-entry to any of the venues. Whether they want to try San Diego’s local food and drink at surrounding restaurants, or even go for a hotel powernap, their wristband allows them to do so, maximizing their enjoyment of the overall festival.

Ernie also revealed that he and co-founder Paul Thornton spent over six years searching for San Diego’s best location before settling on the waterfront. Following discussions over potential sites including Camp Pendleton and Fiesta Island, the Embarcadero-Seaport Village area proved the obvious choice. With immediate access to the Gaslamp Quarter, numerous hotels, and the best of Downtown, the freedom to explore America’s Finest City was deliberately placed at the heart of Wonderfront.

Wonderfront on Spotify

The Wonderfront Festival programming team literally spent over 6 months
researching and diving in deep on thousands of emerging artists across the many
genres featured on the Wonderfront Festival. And narrowed it down, narrowed
more, and then debated for hours and hours on who should get the offers and why.
It was an exciting process, and one that opened many of us up to new artists we
hadn’t even listened to ourselves yet. These artists either have new music out this
year, or will have new music coming out prior to the festival. And the research
didn’t just extend to the recorded music, we had to make sure the artists we chose
had great live shows as well.
We just created a spotify playlist on the “Wonderfront Festival” account on Spotify,
named Wonderfront Emerging Artists 2019. We encourage you to take a listen, as
we are confident you are going to find some artists you really take a liking to.
Whether it be The Knocks which will absolutely get you grooving, or Grandson
which many believe is the next carnation of Rage Against The Machine, or Moon
Taxi’s Americana vibe, or Ari Lennox or Allie X two of the hottest new female artists
on the scene, or anyone of J. Cole’s Dreamville artists like Earthgang or BAS, even
down to an artist like Cofresi who will blow you away with his live performance.
And if you haven’t been listening to Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike yet, you might want
to start. They are one of the top 3 DJ acts in the world right now. They have been
headlining Tomorrowland Festivals over in Europe and were the first DJ duo to win
the World’s #1 DJ Crown on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ Poll. They are from Belgium and
have rarely played in the US only on a few major festivals like EDC Vegas and
Lollapalooza, and will be making their first west coast appearance at Wonderfront.

WONDERFRONT Music & Arts Festival Releases Highly-anticipated Phase 1 Lineup

SAN DIEGO – Following months of excitement and mystery since the announcement of the inaugural WONDERFRONT Music & Arts Festival, the highly anticipated lineup has been released to the public.  A Phase 2 unveiling of additional artists will take place later this summer to round out the exciting lineup.

Gracing the 7+ stages, which will be spread out across the downtown waterfront, will be artists including Miguel, Slightly Stoopid, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, MGMT, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nicky Jam, Don Omar, Vince Staples, Tyga, Los Angeles Azules, Tucanes de Tijuana, Walk the Moon, Phantogram, X Ambassadors, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Lil Dicky, Big Gigantic, Pennywise, and many more.  Later this summer a couple big surprises will be announced to join the many great artists across the myriad of genres.

Wonderfront co-founder Paul Thornton states; “Our goal with this lineup was to have it stacked from start to finish each day with great artists. It’s hard to really call any certain bands our so-called headliners as so many lines of bands on this festival are all headliners in their own right.  We’ve had a tough time choosing between so many talented artists across the many genres into the finite number of stage slots available.  We also wanted a great mix of artists across the time slots, so that not all the bigger names were just playing at the same later times.  We really appreciate the artists that have worked with us to make that possible.”

A core mission of the Wonderfront Festival is to showcase the hottest emerging artists, beloved stars, and some local favorites.  The preliminary lineup achieves these goals with over 80 artists descending upon San Diego’s waterfront in late November, creating an exceptional three-day experience at one of the world’s most vibrant festival destinations.

Other confirmed artists include:


Alice Merton

Allie X


Andy Frasco & The U.N.

Ari Lennox

Bad Suns

Banda Los Sebastianes


Big Wild

Bob Moses



Bryce Vine

Busta Rhymes



Chrome Sparks



Common Kings

Diamante Eléctrico

DJ Z-Trip

Donna Missal




English Beat



Flatbush Zombies

Ghost Light

Gioli & Assia


Grace VanderWaal


Haddon Cord

Henry + The Invisibles

Hippo Campus

Japanese Breakfast

Jonas Blue

Jordan Hollywood

Lil Baby

Manchester Orchestra

Marie Monti

Moon Taxi

Parquet Courts


Preservation Hall Jazz Band


Rob Machado & Friends





Suicidal Tendencies


The Knocks

The Routine

The Vandals

Thievery Corporation


Tribal Seeds

Victoria La Mala

Wild Prxfits


Ximena Sariñana

Zion & Lennox


A true San Diego festival wouldn’t be complete without some Punk Rock thrown into the mix.  With the inclusion of the Tony Hawk’s Huckjam Stage Wonderfront will present Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, X, Vandals, and DJ Z-Trip.  These are some of the most quintessential bands to be performing next to Tony Hawk’s HuckJam Ramp where Tony and some of the best pro skaters in the world will be performing their amazing tricks.

“I’m excited to bring back the Huckjam format (choreographed and freestyle skating with live music) after 10 years of hiatus, and there is no better place for it than my hometown. I’m proud to be involved with Wonderfront, and it’s been a blast helping handpick the legendary punk bands for our stage.”  Tony Hawk, Wonderfront Festival Partner.

Rob Machado and Trevor Hoffman, who, like Tony Hawk, became involved in the festival early on as investors and ambassadors are thrilled with the caliber of the lineup and the mindful approach that was taken to get it to where it is today.

“It’s exciting to be part of the Wonderfront Festival.  I played Street Scene back in the day and I thought it was so cool to have a festival in downtown SD.  And now it’s back!!  Such an amazing group of people have come together to make this happen and it’s going to be epic.  Honored to be included with Trevor and Tony as an ambassador. Stoked to have the Rob Machado foundation as a partner providing free refill stations for all festival guests.  It’s going to be a really good time. Can’t wait.”  Rob Machado, Wonderfront Festival Partner.

“I’m excited to see San Diego close out the festival season in style with Wonderfront. Ernie and Paul are a perfect duo for this world class event in a world class city.”  Trevor Hoffman, Wonderfront Festival Partner.

Festival co-founder Ernie Hahn adds; “This event is for San Diego, by San Diego, and takes the best of the Wonderfront and the Gaslamp at a time of year San Diego needs a big event to bring us all together.  All of San Diego and the greater Baja area are represented with the genres of music, food, art and experience Wonderfront will bring to the world November 22-24, 2019.  We are really stoked for San Diego and will be working with everyone to make this incredible!”

The Wonderfront Festival is a true collaboration at its finest by many of San Diego’s staples in the local music scene.  The Belly Up, Music Box, Casbah and RMD Club Group have all collaborated on the curation of artists to make Wonderfront a truly home-grown festival.

“The Belly Up has been an integral part of the San Diego music scene since the 1970’s and it makes total sense to be involved with what is truly San Diego’s Music festival.  The lineup reflects the cultural mix of who we are and what we like to see and hear and eat and drink.  Ernie and Paul have ambitiously come up with a concept and a location that is world class and should be supported by everyone who loves music and San Diego!  We’re proud to be part of the Wonderfront Festival for now and years to come.”  Steve Goldberg, Phil Berkovitz and Chris Goldsmith; Belly Up Entertainment

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday June 14 @ 10am.  For those who subscribe to the WonderLIST, they will have access to pre-sale Early Bird discount opportunities starting June 7th, as well as hotel room discounts.  Visit WonderfrontFestival.com for information on how to join the WonderLIST.


About WONDERFRONT Music & Arts Festival

A highly-anticipated 7+ stage, 80+ band, 3-day music, culinary and arts festival descending upon the stunning waterfront of downtown San Diego – “where the city meets the sea.” The festival will feature stages and activations spread across the various parks and piers along the Port of San Diego, from South Embarcadero up to Broadway Pier.

About Wonderlust Events, LLC

Based in San Diego, Wonderlust Events llc is an innovative events and entertainment company focused on conceiving, creating, and executing impactful, music-based live experiences delivered across multiple mediums (theatrical, traditional, and streaming broadcast). Its founders, Paul Thornton and Ernie Hahn, each have over 20 years of experience in large-scale event promotions, production and creative development.

Media Contacts:

Rick Schloss                                     Kira Finkenberg

rickschlosspr@aol.com                  kira@thekiraco.com

619 708-6007                                  619 204-7342


A Festival for San Diego by San Diegans

A Festival for San Diego by San Diegans

This exciting new festival, coming to this incredible destination with perfect weather, sandy beaches, oceanfront fun, and one of the coolest downtown nightlife scenes in the country, so you’re wondering who pulled this off. Well, I will tell you it’s been more than 6 years in the making, and it’s finally happening. And I’m not going to jump into naming names, because quite frankly this festival isn’t about us, it’s about San Diego. San Diego is the rockstar of this festival. Plain and simple there is no better festival destination in the world! However, I will give you the background of how this festival has come to be, and some background highlights on the amazing team that has come together to pull this off.
It was started by three guys that all love San Diego and became friends through their San Diego journey. One is “Mr. San Diego”, a native who grew up here and never left and has become a well known pillar of the community. He still surfs almost every morning at Black’s Beach, and is a long time fixture in the live music fabric of San Diego. Another played baseball at University of San Diego, spent time living in Mission Beach, and fell in love with the city. He currently works with live entertainment groups in San Diego, as well as across the country, helping them put on some of the biggest names in music. And the third grew up in San Diego, returned after college and has never left, working with businesses throughout the coastal communities. The common thread between the three that kickstarted this endeavor was the desire to bring an incredible event to San Diego that was inclusive of all San Diegans and showcased to the world what is great about San Diego. And the experience is there to pull off something this big, and this incredible. One of the partners has produced thousands of concerts in the San Diego market, and has great relationships with all the key players in the San Diego live scene. And another has produced major festivals around the world including the likes of Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Austin Fan Fest, and ESPN X Games which all drew hundreds of thousands of patrons, plus many other festivals and events, as well as thousands of concerts across the country. Both have owned and operated major venues including arenas and amphitheaters, and have had their own hands in every little detail when it comes to the live entertainment industry. We’ve also got one of the most professional operations teams in the country, who not only have managed festival production on major events like Formula 1 and X Games, but also have key management experience from some of the biggest music festivals in the country. And our marketing and partnerships team is headed up by a woman who was one of
the primary leaders on the San Diego Street Scene team during their heyday, who we have coupled up with one of the strongest marketing agencies in the world (who happen to headquarter in San Diego County.) The investors in the festival are some of the most prominent and well respected folks in the San Diego business community. There are prominent San Diego based strategic partners that have come on to support this cause; the Wasserman Agency, the Belly Up, the RMD Group, Resident Brewing, the Casbah, Vividminds, Inc. and Events.com. Major media partners jumped at partnering in; iHeart Media, Univision, and Entravision. And of course, this truly would not have been possible without the amazing support and efforts of our partner The Port of San Diego. The Port is truly a partner in this event, with their hard working team of event specialists, marketing team, and executive staff who have put their full backing behind making the festival something incredible for all San Diegans and visitors. The City of San Diego, and the Tourism Authority, have been major supporters as well, and without their contributions this event would not be possible. It truly has been a coming together of all the right pieces and players to create the Wonderfront Festival. Plus, we have some awesome ambassadors for the festival. Some of San Diego’s coolest household stars are part of the Wonderfront ownership team, but we will let those names out of the bag a bit later. So what is the vision for Wonderfront. It’s a celebration of the things we love about San Diego. It’s celebrating the love for live music, and the discovery of new music. It’s about delighting in our favorite foods, as San Diego has become a serious foodie
town. It’s about promoting San Diego’s amazing local craft beer scene. It’s about discovering the Wonderfront and all the amazing activities you can find along the
water right in the heart of the city. It’s about playing in the parks, on the water, and on the beaches. It’s about the party going deep into the night in the electric Gaslamp Quarter. It’s about inclusion, and bringing San Diegans from all walks of life together to celebrate the city we love with a diversity of musical genres, arts and
cultural experiences. It’s about being a participant, not a spectator. It’s about being part of the story that together we will write for years to come. Let’s make this festival the best in the world. We are going to give it our best efforts, and we ask for yours too. Let’s make Wonderfront #UNONE.

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