Posted in music | tour dates on May 11, 2011


"Escape to New York, an art, music and interactive performance party from the creator of the Secret Garden Party UK is pleased to confirm their Friday and Saturday line-ups:

Patti Smith, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, The Vaccines, Best Coast, Au Revoir Simone, Chairlift, Lissy Trullie, Graffiti 6, The Submarines, White Rabbits, Static Jacks and The Postelles.

The Sunday Main Stage line up and the weekend's DJ line up will be announced over the next few weeks........

Coming to the US shores for the first time, Escape to New York is the first pop-up destination community and independent experiential music and lifestyle festival to take place on Shinnecock Nation land adjacent to Southampton, New York, from August 5th through 7th, 2011.

Expect the unexpected. Imagine the unimaginable. This special event is unlike anything the east coast has experienced before including the world's biggest brunch at a live music festival, installation and performance art, experimental theater, high-end camping, aka "Glamping" and amazing culinary delights unlike any other festival event. Escape to New York will also feature a safe children play area so families can enjoy the festivities, shade areas to cool off in, traditional Shinnecock arts and crafts and food, and three days/nights of some of the best emerging artists and known heritage acts to be heard anywhere.

"Our goal is turn upside down the conventional music festival experience and recreate it in a way that makes each and every attendee walk away feeling they just had an incredibly unexpected and amazing VIP experience from the moment they entered our gates all the way through to when they pack up to return to their regular lives", shares Escape to New York Executive Producer, Fred Fellowes.

The location of Escape to New York on the sovereign Shinnecock Reservation land is also unique. The Shinnecocks have lived along the shores of Eastern Long Island for thousands of years, and in October 2010 became the 565th federally recognized tribe.

Thus upon entering the reservation you are both in and escaping New York.

"The Shinnecock Nation welcomes the Escape to New York festival that will take here in August and we are working closely with the festival team to assure a success," says Beverly Jensen, Shinnecock Tribe Member and Communications Director. "

Well, hopefully this festival doesn't need to sell as many tickets as Music to Know Fest which happens in East Hampton one weekend later (and just announced Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes, Cold War Kids, Chromeo, Matt & Kim, etc). That said, with Escape to New York they're really trying to push the experience separate from the bands. In fact, a "Manifesto of the Party" on their website includes these lines:
What makes a good party?
What you do not what you see
Who you meet not who you see
It ends with "Imagine a wonderland." Is this potential wonderland (and "the world's biggest brunch") worth $100 a day? Tickets are on sale.



Comments (26)

Money Grab!

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

Gonna groundscore the sh*t outta these "fests" and make a killing selling sh*tty yack back to the kids that lost it

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 10:16 AM

Southampton is a helluva nice neighborhood. I remember heading over there every so often with my family to walk around the town and eat at the nice seafood restaurants.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 10:18 AM


Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 10:22 AM

I hope The Modern Weepers get added to this.

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

question: where is PUNCHES on this bill?

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 10:33 AM

At least Matt & Kim aren't playing this.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 10:34 AM


Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 10:49 AM

You gotta question yourself if you're promoting a festival and the 2nd biggest act on the bill usually plays places like the 1400-capacity Webster Hall and you're charging $100/day.

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

Wow this is such bullshit. Fuck both fests that are happening on Long Island

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 11:23 AM

i think this is exciting and well overdue.... although i am not thrilled about the bands that are playing, i do hope this is a good jumping point and at least one of these festivals gets really big over the years.

Not really sure what escape to NY is thinking with the low key promotion and Coachella/Bonnaroo ticket price. Hopefully they pull out something big for Sunday and make me change my plans for that weekend.

Posted by john | May 11, 2011 11:43 AM

hopefully this will raise awareness of the attempted land grab going on out there.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:07 PM

^ Can you elaborate? Or send me a link?

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:40 PM

crappy festival overload.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:51 PM

Think I'll save some coin and go to Governors Ball Music Festival in NYC and sleep in the comforts of my own bed.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 1:07 PM


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Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 1:28 PM

all these bands suck

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 1:33 PM

WB hipsters screwed the NYC budget by being too cool to fill out their census forms. Way to go. This will surely affect the quality of the free summer shows so no more b*tching allowed

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 1:35 PM

all of you idiots that keep saying that both of these hampton fests are bullshit need to understand that for the longest time, Long Island has turned the other cheek at many arts related events-- especially shows. Its been very difficult for any kids from Nassau and Suffolk Counties to even thrive in bands based on all these old laws and restrictions that have prevented all ages shows from happening. The fact that Calvin Johnson came out to play Montauk Point in February, and the fact that theres two decent festivals happening out in the Hamptons this summer, shows that some people are finally wising up. this is big big news for Long Island. I'm really excited for the future.

Posted by Will | May 11, 2011 1:46 PM

just kinda stinks that i'll be at Lollapalooza this weekend, otherwise id be happy to come out and support a Long Island music festival.. the tide on Long Island has changed though, for the best. and thats an incredible thing.

Posted by Will | May 11, 2011 1:48 PM

Escape where? hahahaha. Escape out of NY? wtf are they talking about. escape to ny and then back out of ny for 3 d-bags who came from europe? very confused here

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 2:37 PM

An "independent experiential music and lifestyle festival"

Sounds like a recipe for disaster but with big profits for the organizers.

Posted by elliot burns | May 11, 2011 9:13 PM

I'm with Will - and who are all you to say they'll make big money - do you have any idea on the numbers of how a festival works - they're probably losing money in year 1 I'm sure - the guys behind this put on one of the best independent festivals in the UK - THE SECRET GARDEN PARTY - google it and figure it out.... if you have so many opinions, why don't you write on their facebook page and suggest what you want - THEY DO INVITE YOU TO MAKE SUBMISSIONS - when will everyone get off being so negative. I think this will be great and can't wait to see it in our neighbourhood - TJ

Posted by Tom Jagger | May 12, 2011 12:52 PM

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

Posted by jocuri | September 3, 2012 8:03 AM

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