Posted in music | venues on June 21, 2010

Williamsburg Waterfront - June 20, 2010 (pic by Eric Polow)
Williamsburg Waterfront

Band of Horses had a busy weekend: Friday night they played Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, Saturday they opened for Broken Social Scene and Pavement on Toronto Island, and Sunday they headlined their own sold-out gig at Williamsburg Waterfront, the first show of the season there, with Grizzly Bear and Karen Elson opening. Pictures on the way.

It was the first show at the Brooklyn park that was put on by AEG and Open Space Alliance (OSA). Like they did at McCarren, together they're running the ticketed shows at the Waterfront...

"After OSA managed more than 60 McCarren Park Pool events, we successfully negotiated a new venue for the music to continue. This summer, OSA will present and manage concerts on the Williamsburg waterfront. There are a number of benefit concerts that help us subsidize free programming, and raise funds for parks improvements." [OSA]
Sunday's Band of Horses shows was one of those "benefit" concerts. The next of those is Silversun Pickups, Against Me! and The Henry Clay People on Friday, June 25th.

The most obvious difference from the 2009 JellyNYC Pool Parties is the stage's new location and bigger size. The stage is now on the park's east side, facing the water. That means the setting sun is no longer shining in the crowd's eyes (good) but you'll have to turn around to get a view of the Manhattan skyline (bad). The soundsystem was also reportedly better. That said, the stage is being taken up and down before and after each of the ticketed shows, so it remains to be seen what they'll come up with for the upcoming free events at the venue, or even the future ticketed shows.

The showgoing area is fenced in a bit different than last year's Pool Parties, and since they are pay shows don't expect to be able to see for free. Like they do in Prospect Park, Rachel Kowal said, "they put up huge banners on the fence blocking even the most minimal view". Again, it was the first show there this summer, so there's no guarantee things will stay the same. Hopefully that's at least true of the concession and beer lines (which we heard took up to 40 minutes).

The same park will be home once again to the Jelly NYC Pool Parties, whose seven (not eight) free shows kick off July 11th. We're told the still-TBA series has a good chance of getting announced this week. We also have some guesses out there already on who will appear on the lineup.

(also worth noting - two of Sunday's bands are Pool Party alums - Grizzly Bear closed the free series in 2009, and Band of Horses played the Pool in 2007.)

Grizzly Bear have another outdoor show this summer - they play Governors Island (also ticketed) on August 12th with the Walkmen and Gang Gang Dance. Tickets are still on sale.

We'll have pictures from the show coming later. For now, one more pic and some videos from the gig are posted below...

Williamsburg Waterfront - June 20, 2010 (pic by Eric Polow)
Williamsburg Waterfront

Band of Horses at Williamsburg Waterfront, beginning of Funeral

grizzly bear - on a neck, on a spit 6/20/10



Comments (58)

will there be free shows there this year? does anybody know for sure?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 3:44 PM

beautiful day and a great concert. BOH sounded great.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 3:45 PM


Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 3:46 PM

3:44 ever hear of google?

Posted by Venkman | June 21, 2010 3:47 PM

anybody have the GB setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 3:48 PM

Great fucking show. Good way to kick off the season.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 3:48 PM

I tried to sit in the adjoining park last night, but unlike last year, you could only enter the park if you had payed for a ticket. Everyone without a ticket was stuck on the other side of the fence (and they put up huge banners on the fence blocking even the most minimal view).

Posted by Rachel Kowal | June 21, 2010 3:51 PM

there is no way to not like what Band of Horses did yesterday...

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 3:52 PM

Looks like you pretty much have to score a standing spot on the concrete in order to see anything, as opposed to hanging on the lawn, yes?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 3:52 PM

what's the capacity crowd number, anyone know? or should i google?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 3:54 PM

3:54 you should google.

Posted by Venkman | June 21, 2010 3:54 PM

What's the deal with all the barricades? How is the standing space separated?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 3:56 PM

so you don't know...

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 3:57 PM

gb setlist was something like:

Southern Point
Little Brother
Two Weeks
Ready Able
While You Wait For The Others
On A Neck, On A Spit

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 3:57 PM

Do not go to any Williamsburg Waterfront shows if you plan on taking a dump near the water's edge. The police didn't take too kindly to my attempt.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 4:03 PM

i enjoyed all three acts immensely. great bill.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 4:04 PM

We got there just before BofH started. We were able to sit on a 3 foot high concrete barrier that was on our right as we entered the venue, and which ran for several hundred yards in the direction of the water. Hard to explain, but it was a great vantage point. You sat looking at the audience side on, Manhattan was in the distance to your far right and the stage was to your left. We had a good view of Ben and the guys who were at the front of the stage. Could not see a drummer from where we were.

There was a great breeze coming in off the water. We also walked over to the grassy area closest to the water and you could see the stage from some spots on the grass. The great majority of people squashed in the main concrete-floored viewing-area looked to be a bit sweatier and compressed together ;)

Would highly recommend taking in a show here. On a beautiful evening, there is nothing better.

Posted by lp | June 21, 2010 4:10 PM

Wait, the show is facing AWAY from the skyline?
That's utterly stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 4:18 PM

4:10 you should write for travel magazine...

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 4:19 PM

Is there a reason at all to have both a line for beer tickets and then another line for beer? Shit baffles me.

Then you couldn't get beer tickets or enter the beer garden/second pen without having a bracelet, which they didn't tell anybody until they waited 30 minutes for a ticket or tried to enter the pen area.

Also, to get into the front "pen" from the beer garden side, you had to wait in line for them to do a "1 out, 1 in" thing, which made no sense considering there was plenty of room up there.

Lots of very confusing shit for seemingly no reason.

Posted by Boner Cannon | June 21, 2010 4:21 PM

Does anyone have the Band of Horses' setlist from yesterday?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 4:25 PM

At 4:03 you should write for travel magazine...

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 4:26 PM


The only thing fit for a travel magazine would be my painfully slow G train journey from Williamsburg back to 4th Ave and my 500 yard sprint to the Bell House, where I got in just as the NPs were finishing up what sounded like a rousing version of "Use It". Definitely the best music night of the summer.

Posted by lp | June 21, 2010 4:26 PM


what were you listening to on your iphone for the G train? would really make or break your "music night" imo. but you're cool anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 4:36 PM

Great show! I got there early, took in the beautiful sun set with a beer in one hand & a taco in the other...

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 4:47 PM

4:18 for shows at this time of day it's probably a good thing so you're not staring into the sunset

Posted by anon | June 21, 2010 4:52 PM

A few of my favorite summer shows last year were at the waterfront with the sun setting on the Manhattan Skyline as live music was being played directly in front of me. Pointing the stage the other way seems assinine. Who decided that stairing at the ugly buildings across the street was better than the skyline at dusk? Did a comittie of grandmothers worried about "young peoples" optical saftey plan the stage setup this year? And, also, isn't the sun going to be in the band's eyes now?

Maybe I'm nit-picking. They are free after all.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 5:03 PM

@ 4:26

As a careful student of BV comment threads, I think we've reached the juncture where I make the big-reveal and disclose that I was talking to your mother on my iphone.

Posted by lp | June 21, 2010 5:20 PM

how was security getting in there? too hard to sneak in a flask?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 5:23 PM

so who was that andrew dude? was it some rando or a make a wish kid?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 5:27 PM

the set up of the 'pen' are was completely retarded. Why not just have the entire space open, since they were checking tickets at the entry gate anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 5:42 PM

Maybe try staring at the stage instead of the ugly buildings, 5:03.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 5:45 PM

Awesome show overall. Band of Horses gave me the stiffy of the century.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 5:57 PM

No one's gonna love you like Andrew.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 6:13 PM

The "Andrew Jam" during the encore was classic. Overall, a great show. I'm not big on bootlegs but I would love to have one of this show, both GB and BoH. The sound was great all night.

Posted by Blackraptor | June 21, 2010 6:29 PM

Muthafuckin Andrew

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 7:53 PM

Band of Horses sucks. Brooklyn hipsters smell especially funky in the summer heat and the new layout blows. I only went for Grizzly Bear and this concert made my $33 ticket for GB, The Walkmen & Gang Gang Dance on Governors Island look like a good investment.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 7:57 PM

The concert was amazing! The setting sun and the clear skyline of Manhattan really set the scene for an awesome show. Grizzly Bear's great sound coupled with Band of Horses' intimacy and talent made for a fun-filled night. The encore was incredible, and I have such respect for Ben Bridwell for really connecting with the audience. btw, @ 5:27 - Andrew was an extremely drunk man who passed my friends and me and spoke to us before making his way up to the frontmost row and making a scene by Ben, who picked it up and created an epic night from Andrew's antics. Amazing amazing night that I will never forget!

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 8:22 PM

Just a note about this venue, I went to see Band of Horses play the Williamsburg Waterfront last night as my first time to that venue. Security there was tighter than at an airport. The line for a 21+ bracelet was a mile long. Which is separate from the lines to get an actual drink. My friends and i actually just wanted to get some food, but the food tents were in the sectioned off area for those with 21+ bracelets. and by the way we're all over 30. The rest of the floor was also gated off and heavily guarded by event staff who would only let people in when it wasn't "at capacity" which they claimed even though there was clearly space inside and at least 20% of the audience was outside these barricades. So either the event staff were unnecessarily stringent with letting people into a show for which they paid a decent amount to see, or the event organizers sold more tickets than there was capacity. Whichever the case, this venue is a scam, and nothing like what McCarren used to be.

Posted by emily | June 21, 2010 8:23 PM

anon 8:23-- so in other words... I couldn't sneak a flask in there?

how about bud? were people smoking?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 8:48 PM

I didn't sneak in a flask, but I did manage to smuggle in a Tupperware of hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 9:08 PM


That sucks, dude.

The free shows last year were damn awesome. It's a shame that it's like this now.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 9:09 PM

I walked in there and didn't even get the customary pat down, and was right away greeted by people checking IDs and handing out 21+ bracelets. But I also showed up right when GB was starting, so maybe security calmed down by then.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 10:45 PM

looks like a pretty big crowd in the first 2 pictures.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 11:17 PM

what's the curfew?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 11:33 PM

first off, grizzly bear were boring because their music is boring, and i will never go see them again.

band of horses killed it as expected.

i think it's ridiculous that to get into the main section of the concert, you need a 21 wristband. i'm well over 21 but would have hated that when i was going to shows growing up.

beer lines weren't even bad. that 40 minute estimate is accurate for food, but way off to get a beer.

the new stage set up is lame.

ok i'm done.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 1:35 AM

to the person who asked..the capacity is 7500

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 2:09 AM

BOH put on an amazing show last night. The ridiculous "Andrew" moments just made it even better. Speaking of, Andrew must have been busy googling himself--I reviewed the show/mentioned him on my blog, and he left a comment! Total craziness.

Posted by The Greyest Ghost | June 22, 2010 2:53 AM

@8:22pm, After reading that comment you made I was going to make fun of you and laugh hysterically at your idiocy. But then i thought to myself how nice it would be to once again be 16, stupid, unknowing and unable to discern something truly special.

@2:09am, once again another schmuck spouting off figures you have no clue about. The capacity is actually 6000.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 3:02 AM

8:23 the line for bracelets for drinking was short if you went maybe 100 ft pace the first group of bracelet people..There was no line in the second group further down the path...why does everyone always go to the first thing they see?

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 7:28 AM


Posted by spence | June 22, 2010 8:29 AM

so if you're standing next to the stage, can you drink a beer there? or are you forced to drink beers in the "pen"?

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 9:34 AM

billyburg waterfront ain't getting a dime from my ass.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 1:18 PM

After seeing Band of Horses at this show, I made my decision to lose my virginity to the entire band. Starting with Creighton Barrett.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 3:12 PM

to 3:02am i worked the show and that's what i was told(7500 capacity), when they calculated all the tickets scanned there were over 7000

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 5:04 PM

can i bring an SLR camera in?

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 4:08 PM

Never been to this venue before. I usually just chill behind the bleachers for show in Central Park. Can you do the same here? Want to go sit outside and hear the Faith No More show tonight. Don't need to see them, just wondering if there's space to sit comfortable nearby and listen. Thanks in advance!

Posted by Josh | July 2, 2010 1:49 PM

Not really..It was hard to hear anything outside the gate by the enterance...

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2010 1:58 PM

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