Posted in music | pictures on July 21, 2008

photos by Bao Nguyen

Siren Fest 2008

Siren Fest 2008

Siren Fest 2008

Siren Fest 2008

The year's festival could be the last in its established location. As usual the bands played on two stages on parallel streets leading to the boardwalk. The main stage was so close to the landmark Cyclone rollercoaster that drumrolls could easily segue into the clatter of the coaster rounding a turn.

Siren isn't the most comfortable of rock festivals. The sound systems are mediocre and the pedestrian routes between the stages are irrational. But Siren does place the tattooed-nerd fashion sense of indie rock in the diverting context of Coney Island's other freaks and sideshows.

A prospective redevelopment, replacing the old amusement area, could break ground next year. The rides of Astroland, next to the Siren main stage, were supposed to close forever last year, but reopened this year in a reprieve. The area's fate is still hanging. "It's my first time here," said Kevin Drew, the leader of Broken Social Scene, as the band ended its set. "I don't want it to be the last."
[NY Times]

Part 1 HERE. Polaroids HERE. More pictures below....

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PREVIOUSLY: the 2008 Coney Island Siren Festival in pictures (part 1)

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Comments (22)

amazing, pulitzer prize worthy material right here, guys.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 10:54 AM

what did mark ibold think of the jicks' set? see for yourself http://thatcrazyrapmusic.blogspot.com/2008/07/so-what-did-mark-ibold-think-of-stephen.html

Posted by s stairs | July 21, 2008 10:59 AM

bss ruled

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 11:01 AM

wow thats crazy. Ibold is fucking 20 feet away! the sound for Malkmus sucked terribly close to the stage, way too bass heavy. worst sound of any band that played. I would blame the sound tech.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 11:02 AM

so many fucking annoying photographers this year. what is up with that?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 11:14 AM

....Malkmus played Two Tickets To Paradise after everybody left and it kicked ass....

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 11:29 AM

The photo of the Wonder Wheel at sunset is astounding Bao!

Posted by blackhat | July 21, 2008 11:47 AM

>amazing, pulitzer prize worthy material right here, guys.

yay sarcasm!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 12:05 PM

hey bao, i see you werent lying about the suprise obama appearance... :)
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/siren/2008/bao/42.jpg

really nice job on these galleries.

Posted by ryan | July 21, 2008 12:16 PM

great pictures of your performance

Posted by hair loss product | July 21, 2008 12:46 PM

Broken Social Scene sound like Coldplay meets the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 12:48 PM

bss would have ruled if they played an encore

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 12:48 PM

FEIST REPLACEMENT FAILED

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 1:24 PM

There’s no such thing as a replacement for BSS, they’re an ever-rotating cast.

Posted by Liz | July 21, 2008 1:46 PM

does anyone have a setlist for bss

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 2:17 PM

Nick DeWitt was and is a sick drummer.

Janet Weiss also got the skillz, but she's reeled in the chops a bit too much these days. Is Malkmus afraid of being upstaged?

Posted by the jim | July 21, 2008 5:05 PM

Two questions... any ladies (not Feist seeing as she's a distance away) show up for BSS? Also maybe a set list?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 5:15 PM

if i have to listen to another band from montreal i am going to kill someone.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 12:33 AM

Well you're in luck because they're from Toronto.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 12:27 PM

that last photo of the dirty garbage water!!!

Posted by diana | July 22, 2008 11:31 PM

Islam is a religion of peace

Posted by منتديات | February 23, 2011 12:59 PM

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