Addressing both fans and critics of Beach Road Weekend, founder and producer Adam Epstein this week announced a lineup of acts for 2023 representing a diversity of music and delivered a lengthy report pledging better noise and crowd control.

In an announcement Tuesday afternoon, coordinated with an interview at local radio station MVY, Mr. Epstein said headliners for the three-day August event would include British folk rock band Mumford & Sons, indie band Bon Iver and singer-songwriter Leon Bridges.

In addition to last year’s focus on “Americana folk-rock roots, this year we’ve got some indie and some serious R&B,” he said, describing the lineup as a “wide array of music that will reflect the Island and its diversity.”

The Beach Road festival began in 2018 and each year since, excluding the pandemic summers, it has grown in musical acts and audience. In 2022, the Tisbury select board signed a three-year contract for the festival’s use of Veteran’s Memorial Park, with the concert producers paying $12,500 a day, plus reimbursing the town for police, fire, water, highway and emergency services required during the festival. This year’s event is scheduled for Aug. 25-27.

Veterans Memorial Park was packed for summer 2022 event. — Mark Alan Lovewell

While last year’s festival drew thousands of happy concertgoers, not everyone in the neighborhood was pleased, citing numerous noise and traffic complaints.

Just prior to this week’s lineup announcement Mr. Epstein released a 28-page internal review of last-year’s operations. In it he addressed a variety of concerns from noise mitigation and parking to emergency preparation. The full document can be found on the Tisbury town website.

The document emerged out of a series of meetings held among festival organizers, town officials and town residents in the months following last year’s festival, said town administrator Jay Grande, who called the review “very solid and well-crafted.”

“The report, I think, speaks for itself,” Mr. Grande said. “That’s not to say it answers everything... but it’s a very good, very positive report.”

Among changes outlined in the review, Mr. Epstein said he plans to have audio technicians perform a soundcheck, install decibel measuring technology across the town, reduce festival mainstage hours to 12 to 8 p.m. and establish “roaming public service festival ambassadors” and a hotline to field complaints.

“We are a very determined team of people who want to do things well,” Mr. Epstein said in a phone interview with the Gazette. “We want to put on an event designed in a way to make it resilient, efficient...and conscientious of our surroundings.”

Going forward, Mr. Epstein emphasized a collaborative planning process with the town, saying he hopes to gain more clarity on an agreement to maintain and repair the park field, as well as to improve their recycling program.

“It’s all about preparation,” he said. “We are definitely working towards finding solutions for every problem all the time.”

Mr. Grande said next steps for the town will involve meeting with various public agencies to review the document before he brings it before the town select board later this month. Mr. Grande also said he had distributed the document to town moderator Deborah Medders, who is in contact with a group of abutters to the park.

Mr. Epstein said his goal for the festival has been to “create an event that makes bands want to play and audiences coming back again and again.”

“I’ve been working on getting this band to the Island for the last five years,” Mr. Epstein said of Mumford & Sons.

The lineup for 2023 also includes Gary Clark Jr., The Head and the Heart, Japanese Breakfast, Regina Spektor, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Kevin Morby, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Gregory Porter, with more bands to be announced.

“We’ve achieved the goal of building an A-list festival,” he continued. “We’ve brought it right here to this Island.”

Island residents will have an opportunity to purchase tickets in person at the old Educomp building at 4 State Road, beginning at noon on Jan. 22 and can receive $125 off a two-ticket purchase by donating $50 to the Tisbury School Fund or spending that amount at one of five partner stores: The Greenroom, LaRoux, Waterside, Martha’s Vineyard Made and CB Stark.

Presale tickets sales begin Jan. 23, more details can be found at