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Teen pop festival Show of the Summer moves from Hersheypark Stadium to Giant Center on Aug. 4

Teen pop festival Show of the Summer moves from Hersheypark Stadium to Giant Center on Aug. 4
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From a press release:

Due to changes in the size of the production, the fourth annual Show of the Summer, which features young up-and-coming pop stars, has been moved from Hersheypark Stadium to indoors at the Giant Center just down the street on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets, which are $30.10, $44.60, $64.60, and $104.60, plus fees, are on sale now and available at the Giant Center box office (550 Hersheypark Dr., Hershey), online at and, at all Ticketmaster outlets, and by phone at 717-534-3911 or 800-745-3000.

Tickets previously purchased at Hersheypark Stadium will be relocated to new seats at the Giant Center. The seats will be comparable to tickets purchased at Hersheypark Stadium.

Show of the Summer brings together today’s hottest acts for a full day of music and entertainment. The 2018 edition will have full-length performances by Why Don’t We, Troye Sivan, Maggie Lindemann, Ayo & Teo, HRVY, Carlie Hanson, and more.

SOTS is the first-ever teen pop festival of its kind and continues to deliver this year with a stellar lineup of chart-topping artists, rising stars, and YouTube and social trendsetters. It’s no coincidence that the “sweetest place on Earth” will host the Show of the Summer for the fourth consecutive year.

Each year, SOTS fans from coast to coast descend on Hershey, Pennsylvania for all-day music, singing, dancing, and fun. Once again, the same excitement will permeate the venue, which is uniquely situated adjacent to Hersheypark and its ripping roller coasters, waterpark, ZooAmerica, and other attractions.

Since forming in 2016, the members of rising dance pop group Why Don’t We have enjoyed several moments they describe as “surreal,” including hearing their single “Something Different” on Los Angeles’ influential radio station KIIS FM for the first time, watching their 2017 EP “Why Don’t We Just” hit No. 1 on the iTunes Pop chart (besting albums by Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran, and Bruno Mars), and learning that their summer headlining tour sold out.

Over the past year, the members of Why Don’t We have truly bonded as friends, and their genuine camaraderie shines through in everything they do, including in their playful YouTube videos and especially in their feel-good, melody-minded, harmony-laden music. “Our songs are always really positive,” says Daniel Seavey. “That’s something we make sure is always a part of it.”

The modern boy band’s latest singles are “Trust Fund Baby,” “Hooked,” and “Talk,” all released in 2018.

“Fans tell us all the time, ‘You’ve gotten me through hard times in my life with what you do,’” Jonah Marais says. “It’s an amazing feeling as an artist to know that you’re affecting people in a positive way and getting them through hard situations. It means a lot to us.”

The group has a Northeastern Pennsylvania connection in one member, Jack Avery. Just a few years ago, the Susquehanna native sang in front of 8,000 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fans before a hockey game at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre. Now the 18-year-old is performing in front of millions as he travels the world with the quintet, who signed to Atlantic Records last year after being together for less than a year. Avery thinks their quickly growing popularity may have something to do with their chemistry and how well they all get along despite every member coming from different states around the country.

“The fans really like seeing our own personalities, and then when it’s mixed together, we’re always funny, we’re always joking around, and the fans really love that,” Avery told Billboard last year. “It’s a good mix of things, the good vibes we always try to put out with our music.”

See NEPA Scene’s photos of Why Don’t We performing with Dua Lipa, Rita Ora, Logan Henderson, and Jack & Jack at the 98.5 KRZ Summer Smash at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre in June here.