Posted in music | pictures on July 14, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Dinosaur Jr. / Mac DeMarco @ 2014 4 Knots Music Fest
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NYC's free, all-ages 4Knots Music Festival went down across two stages at the South Street Seaport. On the main stage (Pier 16), Radkey kicked things off with their classic-style punk, and (as you can see in the video below) at one point the PA cut out but they just kept rocking. Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz followed with a set that stretched as far back as their early pre-Sports single "Taylor Swift" up through their brand new "Bigger Party" which came out the day before the festival. Ex-Women band Viet Cong followed with a set of their jammy post-punk.

Those Darlins were fun, peppering their set with covers (The Crystals' "Then He Kissed Me" and Dylan's "The Man In Me"). If anyone was going to fall into the river during 4Knots, it would've been during Mac DeMarco's set, but he kept things fairly shenanigan-free. Dinosaur Jr. capped off the evening with an enjoyable and hit-packed set (that is how you Festival, bands) that had a pit/crowdsurfers going the whole time (video of that below).

The other stage was the Front/Row stage over on Fulton St (not exactly where they set up for Seaport Music Festival but almost) with a handful of smaller acts, including day openers and '90s-loving Dead Stars, plus Crazy Pills, Juan Wauters, and heartland rockers Nude Beach. Pictures from their sets, and more of the rest of 2014 4Knots fest, below....

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Comments (30)

Drummer from Nude Beach..keep your clothes on!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 5:23 PM

Sound was awful

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 5:33 PM

There was this one closeted dude near me standing around with his beard for the Those Darlins set. When the lead guitarist lifted up her arms to reveal (*gasp*) armpit hair, that dude had such a incredibly disgusted reaction. It was hilarious.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 5:34 PM

I do not get the appeal of Mac demarco at all. The tweens there seemed to really love him, I guess

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 5:36 PM

Awwwwwwwwwwww yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Today's Speedy post. Way to hit the quota, BV.

;)

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 5:44 PM

No word on the bad sightlines and the gazillions complaints on that tent obstructing the view?

Posted by ME | July 14, 2014 5:51 PM

"That tent" as in where the sound board is? The sound board that is a billion times more important than your sightline?

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 5:54 PM

is mac demarco that ugly on purpose?

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 5:58 PM

Shit lineup except for one band. Bad Sound. Bad Sight lines. Bad photos.

Sums it all up pretty well.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 6:08 PM

Friend,

Welcome to live music at South Seaport. While your confusion is understandable, as you don't have such events in _______,flyoverfuckingstate where you're from, most New York folk are used to said experience. It's a free show. So you can kindly take your complaining ass back home to whatever aforementioned state you're from and never return. We won't be waiting for your return. Suck it up and enjoy or get the fuck out.

xo

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 6:15 PM


Mac DeMarco is a strong proponent of Normcore. For those not aware, he likes to dress and look fugly intentionally because it's hip to be square. And being as such, I wouldn't mind giving him a proper Patrick Bateman.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 6:19 PM

5:54 the sound board's placement fucked the view of more than half the audience present (as any above angle shot will show you). While the sound board is indeed important (thanks for that, you sarcastic, snarky asshole), considering many of the people that left the headliner said "I couldn't see anything cuz of that tent" I'd say they fucked up the placement of the stage and sound board pretty good. Sorry.

As for 6:15... guuuuhhhh... as a lifelong NYer, I'm sick of you showing up in the comment section for every free NYC show thread saying "It's free if you don't like it get the fuck out." Look, yeah it's free. Some free shows are amazing. Some suck. It's reasonable to have a fucking opinion on the free ones that suck.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 6:23 PM

As for you, 6:23 ... hhhhuuuug. That's the first time I have e-v-e-r commented on such.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 6:26 PM

6:23 your right on. What did they think they were getting into. This is not a damn theater. My advice for them, assigned seating at a boring show. If you can spend the extra $50 on the VIP buffet & special t-shirt go for ir

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 6:36 PM

yea, 6:23, you're the (wo)man!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 6:42 PM

There was another tent aside from the one that had the soundboard. It fucked up viewing completely for pretty much everyone on the left side of the audience.

Also, to the couple who were sitting on the ground in the middle of the crown during Dino Jr's set: Sorry I stepped on your finger, but what did you expect to happen when everyone around you is dancing and everyone else is shuffling around for a better sight-line?

Posted by TeenageOldman | July 14, 2014 6:47 PM

The setup for this was bad. The stage was placed down a narrow alleyway with tents flanking one side and the aforementioned tent in the middle was blocking a significant portion of the audience. Unimpressive lineup. Shitty sound. Drinks under the dank FDR. Past years were much better.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 6:55 PM

Great to hear that Speedy Ortiz went deep into their back catalog,, what with their impressive 2 year career and all.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 7:12 PM

Bahaha. I missed that part. Priceless. Nothing like the brand new bands who reach way back and pull out the hits from back in the day.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 7:31 PM

#normcore

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 7:50 PM

If you were behind the tent in the middle, you were hosed.

Liked the set up for the 2nd stage much better.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 8:15 PM

BAZ

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 9:29 PM

Sadie Ortiz kin git it.

Posted by Slappy | July 14, 2014 9:33 PM

Mac Demarco's guitar. I mean wow.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 10:30 PM

NO NO NO FUCK THAT. I DRESSED NORMCORE WAY BEFORE IT WAS EVEN CALLED THAT. SIMPLY BECAUSE IT WAS COMFY, NO TIME TO "IMPRESS" THE OTHER HIPSTERS. FUCK THIS SHIT I QUIT.

Posted by Jimmy | July 14, 2014 11:51 PM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/ah/4knots2014/54.jpg

^ You have to know you failed somewhere along the line if this is your audience.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2014 1:30 AM

11:51, suck it. yeah, and i was living in greenpoint before 'girls' because i'm polish.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2014 1:43 AM

The only act I was able to see was White Tent. That dude can really shred.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2014 1:55 AM

You go Jimmy. This comment board is mostly do nothing hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2014 9:14 AM

i thought kurt vile was good

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2014 3:07 PM

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