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Surf Lodge agrees to end shows earlier, cut capacity & other restrictions

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Mac DeMarco at Surf Lodge (more by Chloe Gifkins)

Live Music may be be soon returning to the Surf Lodge in Montauk, especially if Friday’s band Milky Chance is to be believed:

Earlier this week we mentioned that shows were being cancelled as the popular Long Island beach town bar and music venue fought with local and state government. 27East has since reported:

The owners of the Surf Lodge in Montauk have agreed to slash their occupancy limits, upgrade the popular restaurant and nightclub’s septics and fire safety equipment and end all their live music events by 8 p.m. in exchange for the settlement of town code violations.

The East Hampton Town Board on Tuesday evening authorized Town Attorney Michael Sendlenski to enter the settlement agreement in state court that requires the club’s owners to submit a new site plan for the property, showing any improvements made since 2008 and upgrading the septics and fire sprinkler system to meet codes.

The agreement will also cap the occupancy of the Surf Lodge at 395 at any one time, about 50 fewer people than the town has said its occupancy was previously, but more than 150 fewer people than the operators of the club claimed was legal.

Going forward, live music performances will be limited to two hours and must conclude by 8 p.m., an hour earlier than other live music venues must conclude shows. Live music will be allowed only five days a week between May 15 and September 15.

With the settlement in hand, the Surf Lodge should be able to show a clean record to the State Liquor Authority at a hearing next week on the status of its liquor license.

Two hours of music before 8 PM is better than no music at all. Read more about it at 27east.

Upcoming scheduled Surf Lodge shows include Lion Babe (three days before she/they play Gramercy Theater), Lucius, Sunflower Bean, Bombino, Brazilian Girls, Bebel Gilberto, Gallant, Gary Clark Jr. and most excitingly, Beach Slang.

Meanwhile, get yourself to Montauk this 4th of July weekend for a DJ set by Game of Thrones star Kristian “Hodor” Nairn. As Vanity Fair points out:

If you’d like to see Nairn D.J. as his alter ego, “Rave of Thrones,” this weekend, you’ll have to journey out to the Memory Motel in Montauk. There, you’ll find the “Cyril’s Day Party” on July 2. Cyril’s Fish House was an East Hampton hangout that was shut down in May for violating zoning codes (among other misdemeanors), but the beloved spot will be revived—just like Hodor every time fans see him as Rave of Thrones—for one day more at the Cyril’s Day Party.

Party on, and HOLD THE DOOR (sorry).

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