Siren Festival 2007 feat. the Twilight Sad, Black Lips, We Are Scientists, M.I.A., New York Dolls
Yes, there’s the commute from the city, the oppressive heat, and the feeling of being squashed amongst all the tattoos, (over)exposed flesh, and beer bottles. But it's worth it, right?
Siren Festival 2007 feat. the Twilight Sad, Black Lips, We Are Scientists, M.I.A., New York DollsCity: Brooklyn, NY
Venue: Coney Island
New York’s hot, dry July and dearth of high-quality music festivals strike a distinct contrast to Britain’s damp, cold and multitude of summer events. Over the past few years, the collapse of several multi-act musical events in New York’s tri-state area -- before a string was even plucked or a portable restroom over-filled -- may be due to the expensive price of admission, consumer apathy, or general lack of enticing acts. The Village Voice has battled against all the aforementioned challenges for seven years with Siren Festival, and arguably succeeded, offering lineups that have included Scissor Sisters, the Shins, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. 2007’s Siren Festival hosted 14 bands on two stages and again encouraged folks from all comers of the city to enjoy an afternoon of music, for free. Yes, there’s the commute from the city, the oppressive heat, and the feeling of being squashed amongst all the tattoos, (over)exposed flesh, and beer bottles. But most would say it’s worth it. Speaking of the island: despite the long commute, could the combination of available land, relatively inexpensive property, beach-front access, and the constant need for an underground community actually work in favor of this much-maligned and ailing town? It seems feasible considering the thousands of music lovers who make the annual journey to Coney Island -- possibly as part of the recent wave of opposition to plans to redevelop the area into middle-class housing and developments. A few venues here would certainly be unique, welcome, and, with the right artists, help foster a new and vibrant scene (not to mention get the tight-pants crew out of Williamsburg once in a while).
The Twilight Sad
New York Dolls