Shot from last year’s Sand Blast. | Photo by Alexander Kacala
Event producers Brad Hurtado and Bruce Yelk have released the full itinerary for Sand Blast, what they’re billing as the largest mid-Atlantic summer gay and lesbian beach party. The festivities are taking place July 17th through the 19th in Atlantic City for the second year in a row. It comprises three days of beach parties, dancing, entertainment and I’m guessing lots of other things that are too risqué to mention here.
Hurtado reports that 1,100 men and women showed up for last year’s Sand Blast, and they’re expecting even more in 2015. The big news this year is that the main beach party is moving from Saturday to Sunday, and they’ve wrangled Margaret Cho for an evening of comedy and mom jokes at the Borgata, and a lineup of DJs from around the world.
Weekend passes are on sale now, and individual event tickets are up for grabs starting Friday, May 29th. To give you a little taste of what you’re in for, check out the three-day itinerary below. For more information and to buy tickets, go here.
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This summer, the annual homo-tastic weekend beach party Sand Blast made some waves when it announced that it would move from Asbury Park, where it was held for the last 12 years, to the shores of Atlantic City. Organizers are reporting that 1,100 men and women showed up for the inaugural romp in AC, and dropped around $850,000 at local businesses. It’s no wonder, then, that Atlantic City is happy to welcome them back in 2015.
Next year’s event will take place July 17th to 20th, promising four days and nights of beach activities, dancing, pool parties, and many of its recurring events, like the Lost At Sea Kickoff Party, the main Sand Blast Beach Party on Saturday and the Drag Race & Hand Bag Toss, which was hosted by our very own Brittany Lynn in 2014
This is the next thing in a string of events showing that Atlantic City is clamoring for LGBT visitors. Earlier this summer, for instance, out Mayor Don Guardian announced the re-dedication of a gay beach at Park Place and the Boardwalk.
We were there for 2014 Sand Blast and had, well, a blast. Check out our photos from the party below for inspiration. Tickets for 2015 will be available soon, and can be purchased here.
Behind all the fun pictures and hot bodies from last weekend’s Sand Blast event in Atlantic City, it appears that not all was quite as peachy as it seemed. There are claims that certain guests were the victims of verbal homophobia. A memo released yesterday by the event’s executive producer, Brad Hurtado, claims that staff at Harrah’s pool were anything but welcoming to gay guests.
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This weekend, the gays took over Atlantic City with the annual circuit party Sand Blast. Attendance was high, primarily for the boys, with lots of muscle heads that hailed from all over the U.S. We were there for most of the weekend to catch all the action. Check out these snaps from the main event, a beach party on Saturday that brought out lots of hotties from near and far.
If you see this guy, tell him to call us.
G Philly will be down in Atlantic City this weekend to soak up all the beach, booze and boys at the annual Sand Blast Weekend. In anticipation of the party’s first go-round in Atlantic City, we’ve put together this field guide to help you get the most out of your gay (and lesbian!) down-the-shore frolics.
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Sand Blast — what’s referred to as “the largest mid-Atlantic LGBT beach party” — will be moving to Atlantic City after 12 years in Asbury Park. In a press release sent out today, producer Brad Hurtado explained the decision:
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