fbpx Eternal Frontier Adds Steampunk Touch to Huge New Jersey Balloon Fest | The Steampunk Explorer

Eternal Frontier Adds Steampunk Touch to Huge New Jersey Balloon Fest

Monday, July 19, 2021

The Eternal Frontier, stalwarts of the steampunk music scene in the Northeast, will make their long-awaited return to live performance at the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning this weekend.

Held at Solberg Airport in Readington Township, New Jersey, the event is billed as North America’s largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival. It drew nearly 170,000 attendees when it was last held in 2019. The festival features balloon rides, carnival rides, arts and crafts, a human cannonball, and magic shows in addition to live music.

The duo, consisting of Professor Adam Smasher and Baron Maximilian Von Zipple, will perform multiple shows on Saturday and Sunday, July 24-25, under the Big Top at the Family Fun Pavilion.

They’re also planning a series of steampunk meetups and promenades. They encourage fans to attend in steampunk attire.

“A Perfectly Seamless Fit”

“We think the steampunk community will agree, ballooning and steampunk are a perfectly seamless fit,” the Professor says.

They caution that the schedule is subject to change, but for now their performances are set for Saturday at 9:30 a.m., 12 noon, 2:30 p.m., and 5 p.m., and Sunday at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. They won’t be performing on Friday, when the festival opens.

You should check their Facebook page for details about the meetups.

Schedules for each day are posted on the festival website. The festival also offers iPhone and Android apps.

The Eternal Frontier in Balloon

As you can see, the Professor and Baron Von Zipple are no strangers to aerial exploits. Readers may also recall the Professor’s star turn in “Wreck of The Shenandoah,” the duo’s music video about an airship disaster in 1925. We trust that this weekend’s events won’t be so dramatic.

Festivities on Saturday and Sunday will begin with mass inflation and ascension of up to 100 hot air balloons. The balloons will go up again at 6:30 p.m. each day.

Saturday’s headline act is Barenaked Ladies, which takes the main stage at 8 p.m. Sunday’s headliner is Styx, which is set to perform at 3 p.m.

Ticket Prices

Adult general admission tickets cost $32 for each day when bought in advance online. Kids’ tickets (ages 4 to 12) cost $12. General admission tickets include lawn seating for the two headline concerts. Tickets for reserved seating cost $89 to $135, including general admission to the festival. Tickets for balloon rides are sold out.

Solberg Airport is at 39 Thor Solberg Road, Whitehouse Station in Readington Township. It’s about 40 miles west of Newark and 60 miles northeast of Philadelphia.

In case you miss them at the balloon festival, The Eternal Frontier is slated to headline at PA S.T.E.A.M. Fest, scheduled for August 21-22 at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Performer info: 

Keep up with news in the world of steampunk. Sign up for our free weekly newsletter, Steampunk Digest, delivered to your inbox every Thursday. You’ll get it a day before it's posted on the website.

Support The Steampunk Explorer!

Patreon: Make a monthly pledge of $1 or more. Includes premium content.

Tip Jar: You can tip the editor in any amount via PayPal.me.

CafePress: Buy T-shirts, buttons, or tote bags with our logo.