Posted in music | tour dates on May 10, 2011

alternate headline: Vampire Weekend headlining Hamptons Music Fest, go figure

Vampire Weekend @ Coachella 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Vampire Weekend

MTK: Music To Know Festival announces its inaugural line up headlined by Vampire Weekend on Saturday, August 13th and Bright Eyes on Sunday, August 14th. Other confirmed bands include Matt & Kim, Cold War Kids, Chromeo, Tame Impala, Ra Ra Riot, Fitz & The Tantrums, Tom Tom Club, Dawes, M Ward, We Are Scientists, The Limousines, Naked and Famous, Francis and the Lights, Suddyn, Nicos Gun and Young Empires -- 18 of today's most critically-acclaimed and successful new, emerging and well-known bands. The music begins at noon each day, ending at 10PM.

According to Co-Founder Chris Jones "The Hamptons are a unique market to say the least -- full of decision makers, trend setters, and taste generators who have always been eager to embrace the best and the brightest in our culture -- whether that is in literature, film, fashion or music. We are excited to bring this collection of artists together in our community, and hope this is the first of many annual events."
Cheesy marketing and opinions of the ritzy location and potential crowd aside, I have to say that MTK did a pretty kick-ass job of curating a relevant indie rock lineup for an East Hampton crowd (filled with bands that do a good job of moving tickets, relatively speaking). Tickets are on sale now. Two-day passes start at $195 each+fees+parking if you need it. VIP tix will cost you much more.

Without knowing how willing people are to travel to the Hamptons, how many people are already in the Hamptons, and how many tickets they need to sell (possibly only "9,500 people over both days"), it's hard to guess how successful the fest will be (from a business/longevity point of view) (Bing is a sponsor so that probably helps), but it definitely beat expectations so far (relatively speaking). More details below...

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MORE DETAILS FROM PR:

MTK teamed with Downtown Music and RCRDLBL (http://www.RCRDLBL.com) to Co-Produce the event. As media partner, RCRDLBL assisted in the lineup's curation, and will supply the festival's digital marketing component. Downtown CEO and RCRDLBL Chairman Josh Deutsch said, "Downtown and RCRDLBL are pleased to partner with the MTK team to curate such an incredible lineup featuring some of today's most exciting and innovative artists. And we are especially excited to bring the event to such a unique and special place as the Hamptons - one of the most vibrant cultural communities in the country.

Two Day passes go on sale Tuesday, May 10th to the general public for $195. Two Day VIP passes can be purchased for $645.

Tickets are available for purchase through the MTK Website: http://www.musictoknow.com/.

MTK is offering a special discount priced ticket to locals at $175.00, and will be available to purchase on sale at these locations: Amagansett: Indian Wells Tavern; East Hampton: Khanh Sports & Eyewear; Sag Harbor: Sylvester & Co.; Montauk: 668 Gig Shack

GENERAL ADMISSION: $195

·Two-day passes for admission to the festival grounds: 18 bands; food tent and fashion/lifestyle retail area.

·Please note: in addition, a $6.00 service charge per ticket and a $2.50 credit card processing fee will be charged at the time of purchase.

VIP PROGRAM: $645

·MTK offers a limited supply of VIP passes for sale. This exclusive offering includes admission to two separate VIP tents, outdoor private viewing garden area, a private viewing deck, and air-conditioned premium bathrooms. Both tents feature special programs throughout the day with alternating schedules in-between music sets -- from fashion shows to unique or intimate musical performances, large viewing screens, and much more. Free parking on-site ($80 value)

PARKING:

·MTK Festival emphasizes an environmentally-sensitive approach to parking and responsible management of traffic flow to our community. As such, we offer several options and locations for parking. We encourage ticket-buyers to pre-purchase parking.

When you purchase, we will send you specific directions and parking pass.

o VIP Program: Parking is on-site. We request two-person per car minimum. Free.
o Preferred Parking Spots: On-site parking. Four per-car minimum. $80 for two-day pass.
o General Admission Parking Spots: Complimentary Shuttle (5-minutes to site). $50 for two-day pass.
o Off-Site Parking Spots: Complimentary Shuttle (10-minutes to site). $40 for two-day pass.
o Sag Harbor Special: Complimentary Shuttle (15-minutes to site). $30 for two-day pass.

More About MTK: Music To Know Festival

Founded by Chris Jones, owner of Sole East Hotel in Montauk, and screenwriter Bill Collage, MTK delivers two days of cross generational music and presents 18 of today's best and brightest bands plus fashion, lifestyle, chefs, wines and beers to know. MTK represents great music - this is Music To Know.

To support the local community hosting the festival, MTK has pledged to give $100,000 to East Hampton-based charities payable prior to the festival to ensure the recipients receive the funding. Charities will also be being given space on the sight to promote themselves, encourage further donations and to get people involved. The list of charities to receive the money will be announced in the coming weeks.

To produce the event, MTK: Music To Know has hired a professional team with decades of experience: Producer Bob Kennedy (RFK Events); Co-Producers, Josh Deutsch (CEO of Downtown Music, LLC & Chairman of RCRDLBL) and Matthew Smith (CID Entertainment). Additional consultants include: Jon Dindas (Production Manager), John Kowalenko (Hamptons Event Management Inc. & Art of Eating), Fox Greenberg Public Relations (Public Relations), and Carl Monzo (National Events Services).

Exclusive media partners are Hamptons Magazine and WEHM-FUM (96.9)

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Comments (44)

I actually like most of these bands, but for over two hundred dollars NAAAAAAAAHHHHH. Rather chill at home with my Modern Weepers vinyl and some doobie blunts.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 8:25 PM

$200 for 20 bands? Are they kidding??? It's $300 for Coachella and that's a ridiculous amount of bands. This is horseshit. I love the bands but I'm not paying $200 to party with rich snotty brats.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 8:51 PM

face it, 95% of those bands suck

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 8:55 PM

I thought I might actually do this until I saw the price, are they fucking out of their minds?

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 8:55 PM

perfect trust fund babies show - they are there already during the summer - let them pay!

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 9:09 PM

BARF!

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 9:12 PM

This shit is whiter than a Skrewdriver show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 9:12 PM

This is what I want to happen.....


Saturday June 7
Radiohead
Beck
Underworld
Spiritualized
Thievery Corp.
Beth Orton
Dashboard Confessional
Interpol
Liz Phair
Tortoise
Thursday
The Raveonettes
Ben Lee
My Morning Jacket
Gemma Hayes
22-20s

Sunday June 8
Beastie Boys
Sigur Ros
The Roots
Blur
The Streets
Elliott Smith
N.E.R.D.
Peanut Butter Wolf
Blackalicious
Le Tigre
The Music
The Polyphonic Spree
Luna
The Sea and Cake
Particle
Ours
Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players

Posted by Tiki | May 10, 2011 9:19 PM

The counterculture lost.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 9:21 PM

Did people not see this festival?

http://www.escape2ny.com/

It's more expensive!

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 9:25 PM

I mean, yeah, that shit's disgusting too.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 9:28 PM

pip-pip, cheerio

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 9:41 PM

This is the end of civilization. Too many douchebags, both male and female, in one overpriced festival should offer a discount to those who actually might make it a tiny bit hip. Other than that, fuck'em. Yay for the bands making a lot money and not having to give two shits whether the crowd likes them or not. Well, I hope they make a killing. I can make this statement from vast experience.

Posted by Fortyver | May 10, 2011 9:48 PM

There is no difference between this and the time Carly Simon played Martha's Vineyard.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 9:51 PM

I hope this does not mean we will not be getting a Bright Eyes/Mountain Goats show in NYC or close by...

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 10:06 PM

This doesn't strike me as a terribly good idea. As far as culture goes, Hamptons renters are kind of cheesy.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 10:24 PM

Rich white people haven't been this excited since the Bush tax cuts were renewed.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 10:51 PM

Wouldn't they be the Obama tax cuts now?

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 10:57 PM

Music To Not Give A Shit About

Come on, you knew that was coming.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 11:30 PM

vampire ewekend headlines list of things that i dont like

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 11:56 PM

BV is brown nosing the promoters in orders to get their ads on his blog. period.

kick ass job my butt.

Posted by anon | May 11, 2011 12:33 AM

Vamehpire Weekend
Mehtt & Kim
Chromeheo
Tameh Imehpala
Fitz & The Tantrumehs
Tomeh Tomeh Club
Meh Ward
The Limehousines
Naked and Famehous
Young Emehpires

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:54 AM

Howard Stern is going to be at this show be on your best behavior hipsters.

Or else Ronnie Mund will get ya and your daughtas.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 1:20 AM

I heard Modern Weepers may make a surprise appearance.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 7:43 AM

This is the WORST name for a music festival: "Music To Know". So dumb. "full of decision makers, trend setters, and taste generators who have always been eager to embrace the best and the brightest in our culture" - yet they can't come up with a good name for a festival.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 7:55 AM

I thought I might do this until I read the press release. I have nothing against the Hamptons but this is just plain obnoxious. I'm surprised that few of these acts would sign up for this.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 7:57 AM

"Howard Stern is going to be at this show be on your best behavior hipsters.

Or else Ronnie Mund will get ya and your daughtas."

Word. Don't fuck with Ronnie.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 9:27 AM

@ 7:55 That statement could be reinterpreted as "Free Coke. Free Coke. And more Free Coke."

Posted by Fortyver | May 11, 2011 9:36 AM

Tame Impala is the only good band here and I'm pissed off they are joining this merry band of douchetards. Might as well be the DMB Caravan.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 10:15 AM

i'm taking the long view on both of these Long Island festivals. yea, they're kind of lame and don't have great line-ups, but if the NYC area is to ever have great outdoor multi-day fests, really, Long Island is the only area that has the space and accessibility. So I for one hope these do well and that in future years we'd get better bands, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 10:31 AM

How long is the train ride out to this place?

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 11:21 AM

Wonder how many people are going to DRIVE to this place (that's no dig at you 11:21)?

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 11:40 AM

Suburban NJ has a TON of great outdoor areas for potential multi-day festivals, 10:31.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 11:56 AM

"Long Island is the only area that has the space and accessibility. So I for one hope these do well and that in future years we'd get better bands, etc."

Asbury Park is a much better locale for this kind of thing.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:30 PM

8:51: I KNOW!!!! How dare they charge $10/band!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 2:07 PM

I'm officially done with Bright Eyes. I knew the rest of these bands sucked. This just confirms that they do too. Everything about this festival disgusts me.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 6:40 PM

"Everything about this festival disgusts me."

You should probably try yoga sometime....the bands are not my taste either but the hate on this board is sometimes overboard. Chill.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 7:07 PM

Has anyone checked out the Vaccines? They're on tour now with Arctic Monkeys! http://www.facebook.com/thevaccines

Posted by Kathy | May 15, 2011 9:24 PM

9:24 - just stop. if you work for the band, you're pathetic...and if you are just a fan, you're pathetic.

Posted by you're fucking kidding, right? | June 1, 2011 10:08 PM

Yes, the bands are a who's who of "hot indie rock" from 2007 and the crowds will probably suck, but everyone needs to relax. If you don't like it, don't go.

Also, I'd wager at least 50% of the people posting on brooklynvegan are rich trust fund brats themselves.

Posted by Billy | July 4, 2011 3:17 PM

While the tourists out here definitely are stereotypically pretentious, the locals show a very different side of the east end. I feel this concert caters more to the locals of Sag Harbor, Montauk, and the other less showy towns in the Hamptons, where you can find more surfers and artists. I don't think one should generalize based on the NYC vacationers. As a local, I personally am very excited to attend this with all my friends after a busy summer catering towards the tourists in restaurants/retail. It will be a nice close to the season before we all head back to college.

Posted by Page | July 25, 2011 1:47 AM

MTK MUSIC FESTIVAL 2011 CANCELLED

(East Hampton, NY . . . August 6, 2011) The MTK: Music To Know Festival (www.musictoknow.com) planned for Saturday – Sunday, August 13 – 14, in East Hampton, New York, is cancelled. A statement is as follows:

“It is with heavy, heavy heart that we regret to inform you that the inaugural MTK: Music To Know Festival in East Hampton will not take place. Despite our unique vision and arranging a world-class line-up, ticket sales were not adequate to allow the event to continue. We wanted to let everyone know now before engaging more deeply.

Along with our ticket holders, vendors, sponsors, business associates, colleagues and friends in the community, we too are filled with deep disappointment. We pledge to endure during this difficult time with the same integrity and professionalism displayed throughout the creation of this event.

Ticket holders should check www.musictoknow.com next week for more information.

Most humbly,
MTK, Music To Know LLC”

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 3:36 PM

Can you email me with some pointers on how you made your site look this awesome, I would appreciate it.

Posted by miniclip | September 3, 2012 7:51 AM

great line ups.

Posted by Jamie | March 11, 2014 2:49 PM

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