XPoNenetial Music Fest Spotlights Acts From Philadelphia, Western Suburbs

Photos courtesy WXPN-FM

WXPN-FM plans to celebrate its 30th annual XPoNential Music Festival this fall at Wiggins Park on the Delaware River.

In just a few weeks, WXPN-FM will launch its most ambitious music extravaganza of the year with the XPoNential Music Festival. For three days from Sept. 22 through Sept. 24, a host of bands and artists will perform at Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ.

Featured Philadelphia-based acts include Low Cut Connie, Julia Pratt, Dan McCloskey, Nik Greeley and The Operators, Mobbluz, Velvet Rouge and Upper Darby mainstay Moustapha Noumbissi.

This 30th annual edition of the music festival will be the first in 11 years that doesn’t include any evening shows at nearby Freedom Mortgage Pavilion. WXPN has stated its commitment to bringing an “intimate concert experience,” honoring the festival’s roots.

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XPoNential Music Festival roster

XPoNential Music Festival began on the Philadelphia side of the river in 1994. Then just a two-day singer-songwriter weekend at Penn’s Landing, the shows grew in popularity and moved to Wiggins Park in 2005, then rebranded to the current title in 2007.

A non-commercial station licensed to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, WXPN’s ventures also include World Cafe Live, a multi-level music hall by Penn’s campus built in a former art deco factory.

As WXPN aims to draw audiences from across the Delaware Valley for the upcoming festival, its Main Line area representative, Moustapha Noumbissi, looks to break out as one of Philadelphia’s top acts going into 2024.

Born to Cameroonian parents in Belgium, Noumbissi spent the bulk of his youth in Upper Darby. During that time he sang with the Bryn Mawr Boys Choir and now works as a music teacher. His childhood was steeped in musical traditions from a myriad of cultures, giving him the chance to experience West African drumming, American pop and the aforementioned choral music.

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Noumbissi’s latest records, which can be found on platforms like Spotify, YouTube and Bandcamp, fall more distinctly into the category of indie pop and psychedelic soul.

You can catch Noumbissi performing at Wiggins Park on Saturday, Sept. 23 as one of 24 different talented artists to grace the stage across the three-day weekend.

To learn more about the festival or purchase tickets, visit the website.

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