Crystal Coast Music Fest returns to Atlantic Beach

NEEDTOBREATHE (Publicity Photo)

ATLANTIC BEACH, Carteret County - After a successful first run in 2016, the Crystal Coast Music Festival returns to Atlantic Beach this weekend with Southern rock band NEEDTOBREATHE serving as the headliner.

The event kicks off on Saturday with gates opening at 12:30 p.m. and Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey hitting the main stage at 1:30. Also set to perform are Los Colognes, Bombadil, Shovels & Rope and Dr. Dog before NEEDTOBREATHE takes the stage at 8:30 for a 90-minute set.

The music is mostly rock based, but with a variety of influences, from classic to folk to pop. In addition, two of the groups - Bombadil and Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey - are North Carolina-based.

Children 3 and under are free and the event is for all ages.

More than 5,000 tickets were purchased for the 2016 event. Tickets for this year's event are available starting at $40. More information is online at

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