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Pitchfork Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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The online music magazine that runs the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago -- the influential outdoor showcase for indie bands -- has plans to start a new festival in New York City next February, teaming up with the one of city's largest music promoters, The Bowery Presents.

The new festival in New York will be called "Pitchfork Presents: Forms" and will include works by visual artists and game designers at galleries, museums and unconventional performance spaces around the city, along with four days of performances at clubs run by Bowery Presents, organizers said.

Christopher Kaskie, the president of Pitchfork, said his company had been seeking a way to do a festival in New York for several years, but did not think a large, outdoor event at a park, like the Chicago festival, would be successful in a city with such a crowded social calendar and so little public space.

"We never thought that kind of a model would really work that well in New York," he said. "We've been strategizing for a number of years on how we could come up and do a festival that was impactful and unique."

The decision was reached earlier this year to do most of the events inside at established clubs and to incorporate more visual artists and independent video-game designers into the mix, creating some multimedia events. "It's going to be more of an urban festival," he said.

John Moore, a partner in The Bowery Presents, said the lineup of bands for the concert had not been determined, but he expects to book between 50 and 75 acts, all in the indie vein. Passes to the entire festival will be available, but people may also buy a ticket to a single night of performances one of the promoter's clubs - The Music Hall of Williamsburg, the Bowery Ballroom, the Mercury Lounge and Terminal 5. The prices for tickets have yet to be announced. Those tickets will be in the $15 to $30 range. Some of the multimedia events at galleries, museums and unconventional spaces during the day will be free, he said. [NY Times]

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Comments (67)

WTDTCO?

What time does Tylor come on?

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:15 PM

Pitchfork and Bowery Presents. This is an unholy alliance indeed.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:15 PM

oh fuck oh fuck oh fuck oh fuck

Admit you're stoked to see this lineup

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:15 PM

TERMINAL 5 is the 1% of NYC venues. SHUT IT DOWN, CLOWNS.

Posted by OCCUPY TERMINAL 5 | October 12, 2011 4:16 PM

I'll be refreshing the comments on this for the rest of the day, but let me be the first to say hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:18 PM

Pitchcock

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:19 PM

Blah. No one wants this.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:21 PM

this has disaster written all over it

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:21 PM

ASS KAT WANT DOPE SMACK FUCK U VIET ANM

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:21 PM

OH SNAP!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:23 PM

99% of the world's hummus is consumed by 1% of indie bands

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:25 PM

Start stocking up on ironic-colored denim and facepaint now!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:26 PM

Why don't they do this at Downing Stadium like when Lollapalooza used to roll into town?

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:26 PM

how has pitchfork 'announced' a festival while there is nothing on their site

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:26 PM

great a festival to attract all the bands that play in NYC on a regular basis, at the same clubs that they already play at. this is some next level shit :(

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:27 PM

Went to Pitchfork for info and all I could find was this..."Karen O Covers Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings for Chipotle"

Tacos anyone??

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:30 PM

4:26,

Right On. I can't figure out why people keep saying "Gee, there are no large areas here we can hold festivals" when there is a HUGE FUCKING VENUE on Randalls Island that has hosted 25k-capacity shows.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:35 PM

Chipotle makes me constipated every time, but I still love it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:36 PM

screw that. whens BV Fest?

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:38 PM

FUCK BOWERY PRESENTS

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:41 PM

so it took them a few years to decide to do another cmj like event in the winter.

pitchfork are you hiring?

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:42 PM

you retards would rather have a fest at a giant shitty sounding stadium instead of some nicer smaller venues?

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:43 PM

Would love to be a fly on the wall during all the multiple meetings that went down for this.

"Let's do an "urban festival". Let's try to be different by incorporating art. Oh yeah, the kids love video games, so we could work that into the festival too. Think of all the sponsors we could get"......blah, blah, blah.

Lame.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:44 PM

I went to the LCD/Arcade Fire/Blonde Redhead/Les Savy Fav/Some other band I never heard of again show on Randall's Island a few years back. It made getting out of a Governor's Island show seem like a fucking breeze.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:46 PM

i love chipotle...and i still shit regularly. if anything it helps keep the situation movin.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:49 PM

none of the bowery presents venues (save for Bowery Ballroom and Merc) are within walking distance from each other. how would this logically work? you'd be stuck at one venue and miss bands at other venues. that's why this just makes no sense.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:50 PM

s p i n
d o c t o r s


j a c u z z i
b o y s

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:52 PM

i have never understood why anyone would clamor to see a show on randall's or governor's islands. both are terrible options. the shit show factor is just way too high getting in/out. dare i say it, but if a really awesome band came, i'd almost rather see them at t5.

i little part of me died for just saying that, sigh.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:53 PM

I can only imagine what the line is going to look like at Mamouns that weekend.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:54 PM

4:46 I'm so jealous I missed that. That lineup -- LCD, Arcade, Blonde -- fucking incredible. Show of the decade but I was taking the LSATs that weekend. FML.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:55 PM

4:55, you are a certified douchenozzle.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:58 PM

are you guys seriously complaining about somebody offering to entertain you? Wow.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:59 PM

Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow sew
Tea, I drink with jam and bread
That will bring us back to do...oh oh oh

there. that's what i think of this festival. go get your fucking panties in a twist somewhere else while hogging all the billyburgers, chumps.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 5:04 PM

4:26 - Downing Stadium does not exist any more. It was torn down about 10 years ago. They still have shows at Randall's Island, but no more Downing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 5:06 PM

I went to Pitchfork to look up more information ... and all I got was a 60 second clip of Le Sera's boobs.

Ahem, which, admittedly, wasn't the worst way to spend 60 seconds. Am I right, my Billyburger eating brothers? I mean, come on! Sixty whole seconds of Kickball boobs.

Brah. For Realz.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 5:07 PM

Anyone know what the dress code is yet? Thx

Posted by Burg | October 12, 2011 5:24 PM

lineup:

flaming lips
lana del ray
surfer blood

and other great assorted acts

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 5:29 PM

You are all complaining, but I am already positive that this lineup is better than both cmj and northside.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 5:34 PM

Oh good. Installations by "game designers."
Paired with music.
Hoorah.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 5:35 PM

i hope to see robyn, kanye, the guy from outkast, that other rapper they say is good, and a bunch of indistinguishable bearded angular indie rock bands

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 5:37 PM

so then why the fuck are lobbyists even allowed to influence government officials?!?!

Oh shit ..wrong blog.

Sorry folks.

Beard!

Posted by Burg | October 12, 2011 5:50 PM

Sounds awesome...hopefully Brandon Stosuy brings some good metal to the fest

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 6:23 PM

That's not a high bar, 5:34

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 6:46 PM

the bands that just played new york in last 6 months will all be back for this festival.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 7:24 PM

PEARL JAM!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 10:41 PM

Wait, just what constitutes as 'indie' these days?

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 11:16 PM

Northside makes sense - this? None of these venues are near each other

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 11:36 PM

I hope Twin Sister play. They're indie.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 11:41 PM

stick a fork in it

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 11:53 PM

this is all about making more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 1:16 AM

super smelly farts

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 1:48 AM

No, no, no, you can't flap to the dross. You can't fib to the pack. So stop tryyyyyyyyyyiiiiiiiiiing!

Posted by The Great Applecane Bake-a-mundo | October 13, 2011 5:21 AM

at least it's not stereogum putting this on. be happy.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 8:06 AM

You guys are so funny!

"It's all about $$$$$"
Wow, how did Harvard ever let you slip by? Wakey Wakey, tough guy - the world is about $$$$$. Music is a bidniz, coffee is a bidniz, hummus is a bidniz. Ain't nothin wrong with a man making some dollars to feed hissown, yafilme?

"if a really awesome band came, i'd almost rather see them at t5"
If a Radiohead comes, you niggaz will be knocking each other over to run to whatever venue they are at - Randall's Island, T5, MSG, the Bruise Cruse, etc. So will I. But I have no false conceptions of myself regarding this. Somma ya need to get the fuck over yourselves.

"s p i n d o c t o r s"
Give it rest, son. This shit wore out about 2 months ago.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 8:25 AM

"great a festival to attract all the bands that play in NYC on a regular basis, at the same clubs that they already play at. this is some next level shit :("

^This guy :)

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 9:18 AM

How did taking the LSAT make you miss a show that was (presumably, though I can't say for sure) at night?

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 9:19 AM

^we got a detective on the case... look out 4:55

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 9:28 AM

"4:26 - Downing Stadium does not exist any more. It was torn down about 10 years ago. They still have shows at Randall's Island, but no more Downing."

Icahn Stadium is the replacement.

Randalls Island had many great festivals in the '90s: Lollapalooza, Warped, Horde, Fleadh, etc. Not sure why festivals abandoned NYC.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 10:06 AM

Multi-venue festival? Don't they understand this shit won't work?

In other words, it will be another CMJ or Northside, which is not a compliment. Selling individual tickets to shows kills any type of festival atmosphere they won't to magically create.

In other words, they want to have different shows at different venues. Sounds like any day of the week in NYC. How is this festival different? Hint: it is not.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 10:09 AM

"Passes to the entire festival will be available, but people may also buy a ticket to a single night of performances one of the promoter's clubs"

I am willing to bet big money that festival passes do not guarantee admission. Fail.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 10:11 AM

the only way it works is if they limit festival passes to the capacity of mercury lounge and then sell tickets at the door based on how many festival pass holders show up to a given show. this is a nightmare. and the artists pitchfork will book will also be nightmarish. on the other hand, there will be lots of ironic mustaches, stupid hats, recent full-color sleeve tattoos, expensive vintage clothes, panda bear dj sets, and all night hummus soires. woosh!

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 10:33 AM

The only way it works is if they hold it in the Hamptons. Or at Saratoga during the races. That way lawyers making +$235k per annum can go see the bands that their kids have been telling them about all year.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 10:58 AM

I can't believe anyone in New York City would think another festival like this is something people want.

CMJ and Northside are already embarrassing also-rans to SxSW. Do we need a 3rd pathetic "multivenue festival"?

Pfork and Bowery Presents should really know better.

and do I even have to say... FEBRUARY? what the fuck are you guys smoking. It's hella cold then! Nobody wants to run around from venue to venue in February!

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 9:43 PM

Meh. At best i'd give this festival a 6.3

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 11:32 AM

5:07, good call on that video of KBK's big fucking tits. wanna make her get on her knees & gag on cock, just like she likes it. what a hot slut.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2011 12:34 AM

I hope they serve hummus snackpacks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 6:22 PM

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