Posted in music | tour dates on August 6, 2011

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The MTK: Music To Know Festival 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.

Strangely Escape to NY, the other new Hamptons music festival, is going on as planned as we speak. Patti Smith and Best Coast played it last night.

The MTK Fest's lineup included Vampire Weekend, Chromeo, Dawes, Bright Eyes, M Ward, Ra Ra Riot, Fitz and the Tantrums, Matt and Kim and more.

Truck America, another NY Festival, was cancelled last week (though no official announcement has been made about that yet).

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Comments (74)

One more reason to check out the Del Close Marathon! Clearly you don't like buying tickets to see music, so maybe comedy is your your speed? (doubt it) (commenters are impossible to please)

http://www.delclosemarathon.com/dcm13/

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 4:33 PM

lol. if ure booking a fuckin festival in the hamptons, you need fuckin lady gaga, britney spears, girl talk, and all those garbage artists.

not freaking bright eyes, vampire weekend, m ward and etc.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 4:35 PM

First thing they got wrong was the horrible name.

Still sad to see a festival fail. Hopefully everybody involved can bounce back.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 4:35 PM

lol. maybe they should have booked better bands and not tried to overcharge so much. not enough dumb yuppies in the hamptons to support an entire festival

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 4:36 PM

I hope the MTK people read these and future comments because they are rife with expertise.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 4:37 PM

All the teenage girls on Long Island 5 years ago who liked those bands grew up and moved to Bushwick and got hourly-paying jobs where they have to cover their koi fish tattoos.

Posted by stevie books | August 6, 2011 4:46 PM

4:33 the only thing more dull and unfunny than the MTK festival is the Del Close festival. A bunch of self-satisfied improv dorks trying so hard to be clever. It's a nightmare.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 4:48 PM

nothing wrong with satisfying urself.

jus sayin

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 4:51 PM

greedy promoters. stop charging $200 for 2 day festival when there's already enough festivals out there and maybe people will come if the line up is good.

idiots.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 4:56 PM

that picture is actually hilarious

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 4:58 PM

White People.

Am I right?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 5:06 PM

What a shocking development.

/sarcasm

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 5:07 PM

please keep the fauxhemians in brooklyn, where they belong

do not pollute the east end

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 5:19 PM

wtf first RXP TALK LIBERTY now this , can nyc get 1 decent music fest for once!

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 5:20 PM

Reports the East Hampton Press: "The festival needed to sell 5,500 tickets by Saturday in order to go forward, but only sold about half of that amount.")

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 5:24 PM

no moar festivals plz

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 5:24 PM

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are pissed

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 5:25 PM

kay guys stfu stop bashing the mtk workers, they feel bad enough as it is

Posted by Bailey | August 6, 2011 5:50 PM

But they spent hundreds of hours in focus groups to come up with the best festival name of all time!

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 6:02 PM

What moron decided to book another festival in the hamptons in the summer? Anyone with half a brain could see that this was NEVER going to sell enough tickets to go on...And also the line-up is nothing special, its expensive, hard to drive to, it would have been full of assholes from the area,and its IN THE FUCKING HAMPTONS!!!!! What a joke.

Posted by james christian | August 6, 2011 6:11 PM

Why does New York City never get a proper music festival? Even for All Points West one had to take the train to NJ and then they had but three stages (Lolla and some such have five or six, right?).

They manage to put on Rock The Bells within the city proper every year, but even then it's on Gov Island or Randall's Island.

Is there no park large enough anywhere in this city to set up something like this? Nowhere in the five boroughs at all. Nine million people and everyone out in the burbs and there's no demand for this?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 6:11 PM

6:11 cuz festivals suck. They're a lame idea that ny money sells to rubes and children.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 6:19 PM

6:11

"from the area"? like you know anything about The Hamptons?

you obviously grew up among trash, no matter where you were raised

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 6:20 PM

Williamsburg > Bushwick > East Hampton

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 6:30 PM

"World-class line-up." LOL.

Posted by Josh | August 6, 2011 6:52 PM

"Williamsburg > Bushwick > East Hampton"

How transparently transplant of you.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 6:59 PM

To the non-promoters:

What a joke. might as well name it the Zip Car festival, or the Hampton Jitney Fest

the reason festivals take place in areas like Williamsburg, Coachella (sp?), Watkins Glen, Reading England, is because those areas need the money. nobody out east needs your money, and definitely does not want hipsters in their 'hood

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 7:01 PM

whys that is dude fallin off the surfboard in the festival logo? WIPEOUT

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 7:05 PM

The reason NYC fests don't work is pretty simple. All of these bands play NYC regardless of the festival, so why would somebody overpay to see a few bands they like plus a whole bunch of bands they don't, when they can just wait a week or a month and see them in a more reasonable environment?

Also, we don't really have any big open spaces in new york if you haven't realized. Central park is big enough for a stage, maybe two, but thats it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 7:07 PM

I can sort of understand having vampire weekend as a headliner, but the crowd who would see bright eyes seems to be the opposite of the summer hampton crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 7:17 PM

New Yorkers are jaded assholes. One day you will be sitting in your suburban home in NJ, or LI or Westchester with your hen-pecking wife and the kids she shat out and you will realize Death Grips has passed you by!

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 7:35 PM

I would have gone to this for fun but $200 was ridiculous. Instead I bought a 4 day pass to This is Hardcore fest and a ticket to ringworm at st vitus and saved $100. Now I don't have to deal with drunk teenagers, just sweaty jocks and smelly fatties. Gotta love festival season...

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 7:40 PM

NJ > W > B > EH

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 7:58 PM

I love the mr Howell hamptons character showing up & being snotty in this thread. Can he please stay & comment on other posts?

Also, plus one for another person happy this festival failed. No one should be subjected to the hamptons

Posted by Raised by trash | August 6, 2011 8:00 PM

They should have booked Death Grips

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 8:00 PM

I've been to festivals where I actually like most of the bands, and after 3 or 4 hours I barely give a fuck anymore. In my book there is such a thing as too much music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 8:02 PM

should have named it "sausage festival"

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 8:37 PM

Or "Date Rape Fest".

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 9:09 PM

8pm can't afford the Hamptons

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 9:47 PM

Good, we don't want you guys out here anyways.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 10:55 PM

you know, just like you all wouldn't want a bunch of east enders walking around williamsburg looking for a good plate of clams, or a bowl of chowder. bushwick and w'burg hipsters just wouldn't fit in out there

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 11:00 PM

The Hamptons? Yo fuck the Hamptons! I'm in the Catskills blowing dank and listening to Feist for 1/10 the price. I'm about to do unspeakable things to brunch in the morning. The Hamptons? Who the fuck cares?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 11:09 PM

11pm, If you are looking for Clams in W'Burg I would suggest Desy's. For chowder, Surf Bar.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 11:14 PM

Penis

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 11:19 PM

yo walter's my nig

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 11:22 PM

GET OFF MY ISLAND

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 11:42 PM

The sad part is that maybe because of this some people will still insist that NY can't have a music festival, when the problem is all this half baked festivals. I doubt that if we had one big as Lollapalooza or Coachella would be cancel. I'm pretty sure it will be Sold Out as every other BIG fest. in USA, Europa, Brazil etc

But they insist and small festivals. And now they are surprised with the low response is the sales. Gosh!

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 11:55 PM

^ yo fuck a big festival. I'd rather hang w/ the young boyz at 539 Penis

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 12:11 AM

Isn't it 538 Penis?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 12:26 AM

yo dickfest...ringworm...st. vitus...don't sleep!

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 12:43 AM

this is such bullshit.
MTK lineup > E2NY (which is the worse festival name)

Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2011 12:54 AM

Fine ima take that cake to Dallas BBQ. What's up?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 1:03 AM

Serves them right for supporting Matt & Kim in any capacity.

Any festival w/ Matt & Kim should be half price.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 3:07 AM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 3:17 AM

First of all, they needed to do a better job promoting this festival... Had I not read Brooklyn Vegan, I wouldn't have known about it. Second, the prices are too high for an indie audience. Not that indie fans can't afford it; many can.. they won't pay on principle. I agree with the poster above that for the Hamptons crowd you need a mainstream lineup. You need friggin Britney, LMFAO, Pitball and a bunch of other bullshit acts.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 8:15 AM

6:11, there's several reasons why we don't get a proper festival. For one, most acts can play their own gigs in NYC and make money, without the support of a festival. Also, the rent is too damn high for a festival; cost prohibitive. Thirdly, any given night in NYC is a festival on it's own; you can catch a cool band just about every night.. so with that, the attendence isn't as high as other places because we're jaded New Yorkers.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 8:22 AM

Fuck The Hamptons and all the rich white folk who live there.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 11:26 AM

A cool band just about every night, 8:22? I wish I had standards as low as yours.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 12:44 PM

12:44 = another jaded New Yorker. My point is made.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 2:37 PM

Not really, 2:37. It doesn't have a damned thing to do with your "point." I would go to any festival or free show within a few hours distance where a band I actually like was playing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 4:20 PM

12:44, regardless of what your standards are, that is why New York is so great to live in if you're a fan of live music. There is something -- many times MULTIPLE things -- worth seeing pretty much every night. Obviously I don't go to shows every night or spend every penny I have, but I've been going to shows in NY since I was thirteen and never, ever had a desire to go to a festival. I went to Pitchfork one year, and really didn't think it was anything different than living in this city.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 4:33 PM

2:37 -

Jaded New Yorkers? Are we?

Which cowtown are you from?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 4:49 PM

you can take down the ads now , BV... by the way , did the check clear ?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 7:41 PM

4:49 I'm from the cotown of Queens, New York, born and raised. I'm willing to admit to being jaded. Don't be in denial...

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2011 9:27 AM

cotown = cowtown

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2011 9:28 AM

4:20, but chances are a band you like will probably be playing at a club or venue on their own at some point this year in NYC withouut a festival.

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2011 9:30 AM

Who cares? You like what you like.

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2011 10:37 AM

Maybe if they made free, had a $20 shuttle bus and booked Death Grips, it would have been a success. Am I right or am I right?

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2011 11:26 AM

WHITE PEOPLE I'D LIKE NOT TO KNOW!

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2011 11:43 AM

It serves them right! This festival had disaster written all over it from the first press release. The most uncool thing ever!

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2011 11:44 AM

YOU all are a bunch of fuck nuts

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2011 6:16 PM

c'mon new york learn how to do a freakin music festival right... take a tip from perry and the lollapalooza organizers. just got back, have been attending the past 5 years always a good time guaranteed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2011 11:31 PM

It's ashame, all around. Goes to show you it takes a lot of finesse to pull something like this off in the Hamptons...

http://spyehampton.blogspot.com

Posted by Drew | August 9, 2011 8:40 AM

At least the festival organizers didn't sugar coat the truth. I for one appreciate their honesty....

Posted by Johnny | September 11, 2011 6:35 PM

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