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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Phish
Phish
Phish

Number of shows since they last played [Saturday] night's biggest break-out, "My Sweet One": 24. It hasn't been heard live since last October in Virginia.

Number of songs in the encore: 3.

Amount of people who explained how rare it is for the band to play that many songs in the encore: Equal to the number of people I sustained eye contact with on my way off Randall's Island. 40?

Total number of songs played over entire weekend: 57

Number of those that were covers: 3. This has been a tour light on covers.

Number of total songs off [new album] Fuego played over 3 nights: 9 of 10. (They didn't play "Wombat.")

Longest jam of the entire weekend: A 27-minute rendition of "Chalk Dust Torture" on the third night. [Rolling Stone]

Phish brought their current tour back to NYC over the weekend for a three-night run (July 11-13) on Randall's Island (where Governors Ball happened and where Electric Zoo happens soon), their first time playing there. Among the three covers mentioned in Rolling Stone's by-the-numbers review above were TV on the Radio's "Golden Age" and The Velvet Underground's "Rock & Roll." Did you go to any of the nights? Did you go to all three? If you can remember, you weren't there, amirite?

More pictures of the weekend and setlists from all 3 nights, below...

Continue reading "Phish played 3 nights on Randall's Island (pics & setlists)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Governors Ball
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

As helicopters circled above the green at Governors Ball on Saturday (June 7), a flock of fans migrated from the Strokes on the main stage to the small Gotham stage ready in dark blues. As many walked through to catch Spoon on the Honda stage, those that stayed were rewarded with an ominous drone that echoed over the crowd. The noise pop group Sleigh Bells took the stage, as drum beats began the show, Alexis Krauss taking the stage last in her signature look of black leather jacket, white tee, and jean shorts. She moved her hands in the air and two stepped with her hair dangling below, her signature dance move. [Billboard]
Our final set of Governors Ball pictures, of a few of the artists from Saturday including Sleigh Bells, are in this post.

MORE PICTURES: Day 1 HERE. Day 2 Part 1 HERE. More Jack White HERE.Strokes HERE. Day 3 HERE. More of day 2 below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball Saturday (Sleigh Bells, Broken Bells, Classixx, Fitz, The Internet & more) -- pics"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Spoon / Jack White / crowd
Governors Ball 2014
Governors Ball 2014
Governors Ball 2014

NYC's 2014 Governors Ball music festival continued on Randall's Island yesterday (6/7) after kicking off on Friday. Saturday included sets from Jack White, Skrillex, Spoon, The Strokes (including Comedown Machine material for their second time and an encore of "New York City Cops"), Disclosure, Broken Bells, Chance the Rapper, Classixx, Lucius, Deafheaven, Tanlines, RJD2, Diarrhea Planet and more. A set of day 2 pictures are in this post (plus more coming soon). Strokes pictures are HERE.

Governors Ball wraps up today with Vampire Weekend, Interpol, James Blake, The Kills, Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt and more. Day 1 pics here. Strokes HERE. More of day 2 below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2014 day 2 pics (Jack White, Spoon, Chance the Rapper, Disclosure, Deafheaven, Lucius, RJD2, more)"

Jamie xx w/ The xx in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Jamie xx

It was recently announced that NYC EDM festival Electric Zoo would be returning this year with drug-sniffing dogs, patdowns, plainclothes security officers, and a required anti-drug PSA after last year's festival resulted in two drug-related deaths (and one reported case of sexual assault and 31 arrests) which cancelled day 3.

Now the initial lineup has been announced and amongst all the EDM heavy hitters is The xx's Jamie xx. Other than that, it's the typical E Zoo type stuff you probably want to steer clear of like David Guetta, Zedd, Armin Van Buuren, Laidback Luke, Kaskade, Benny Benassi, Datsik, and more, plus many more TBA. They've been known to add cool stuff as the fest approaches, so stay tuned.

Electric Zoo goes down Labor Day Weekend (8/29-31) on Randall's Island. Tickets are on sale now. Full initial lineup below...

Continue reading "Electric Zoo 2014 initial lineup announced (Jamie xx and a lot of other stuff)"

Phoenix @ Barclays Center, 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Phoenix

As you may know, the 2014 Governors Ball happens at Randall's Island from June 6-8. Individual day line-ups have been announced with Outkast, Phoenix and TV on the Radio headlining Friday (6/6), Jack White, The Strokes and Skrillex headlining Saturday (6/7), and Vampire Weekend and Axwell ^ Ingrosso headining Sunday (6/8). You can check each day's full line-up (though set times are still TBA) below.

Additionally, individual day tickets go on sale this Friday (4/4) at noon, with a limited Citi cardmember presale beginning Wednesday (4/2) at 10 AM.

Daily Governors Ball 2014 lineups below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball announces daily lineups, individual day tickets on sale this week"

Phish at MSG in 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Phish

Hippies rejoice! If the Governors Ball lineup made you say "I'd go to a festival on Randall's Island, but there won't be enough long-winded jams at this one," you're in luck. Phish will do a three-night run on the island from July 11 - 13, which isn't actually a "festival" but may very well feel like one. That three-night run in NYC is only a few days after a three-night run in Saratoga Springs (7/3 - 7/5), and just before a CMAC show upstate (7/15). Tickets for all shows go on sale March 28.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Phish touring, playing 3 nights on Randall's Island (dates)"

Governors Ball (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Governors Ball

The promoters and producers of NYC festival Governors Ball chatted with Reddit users yesterday. People could ask anything and everything, and they answered as best they could.

Did the drug related deaths at Electric Zoo affect their festival which also takes place on Randall's Island?

The tragic events that occurred at Electric Zoo have lead to new protocols and additional oversight from the City of NYC and the Parks department. More city agencies (and more folks from each agency) are involved in our planning meetings, and we are required to do many additional things, mostly safety related. That being said, the city has been a pleasure to deal with and they have been very professional and practical about things. Safety is their number 1 priority, and we feel the same way, so our interests are aligned there. - T
What about all that rain and mud last year?
When we first heard about Tropical Storm Andrea it was 8 days out from the first day of the fest. By that time we have a Meterologist on call 24/7 to give us updates on the storms track, it's potential impact, etc. and we used that data to prep the site as much as we could for the coming rain. Unfortunately everything we did to prep the grounds was entirely negated by the massive amounts of rain we received. It was the most rainfall NYC has gotten in a 36 hour period EVER. That being said, during our repairs we did add in a new drainage line to help deal with rainfall, and we have had many convos with all city departments about how to address expected rainfall in the safest and best way possible. We have a new Weather plan which the City of NY have helped with, and we are better suited to deal with rain in 2014. That being said, and just being totally honest here, if we get 6 inches of rain in 36 hours again it will be another crazy year. However, let's think positive - it's gonna be beautiful and sunny and awesome! - T
What day are vampire weekend and disclosure playing??
Bold question. VW on Sunday. Disclosure on Saturday. -YR
Any after-shows?
TONS! And they're gonna rule. Info coming soon! -JW
How did they land the Strokes?
We have tried to book The Strokes every single year that Gov Ball has existed. They essentially have had an open invite to play when they wanted. We got a call from their agent at the very last minute, saying that they wanted to reunite and play at the festival. Dream come true for us. We're New York City kids, and they are the greatest NYC rock band of our generation. BOOM -JW
Read much more at Reddit. Check out the whole 2014 lineup and get tickets too.

The Strokes at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Strokes

The lineup for NYC music festival Governors Ball was just announced, and included a solo set from Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, but it's now just been confirmed that The Strokes themselves will perform too! It will be The Strokes' first hometown show since playing MSG in 2011.

Tickets for the fest go on sale today (1/15) at 3 PM. Check out the full lineup.

Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
GovBall

We already knew that Outkast would be headlining this year's Governors Ball music festival, which goes down on NYC's Randall's Island from June 6-8, and now, one day after the lineup of Firefly Fest was announced, and a few days after we found out who was playing Coachella, the full lineup has been announced. It includes Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Interpol, TV on the Radio, Julian Casablancas, Disclosure, Spoon, Broken Bells, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Neko Case, The Kills, Grimes, Janelle Monae, Tyler the Creator, Washed Out, Earl Sweatshirt, Kurt Vile, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Run the Jewels and many more.

UPDATE: The Strokes are playing too!

Tickets go on sale today (1/15) at 3 PM. Full lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2014 lineup announced (Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Interpol, TVOTR, Disclosure, Broken Bells, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Grimes, many more)"

chillin' at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
GovBall

After a (mostly) successful 2013, NYC music festival Governors Ball has announced it will return for its fourth year in 2014 from Friday, June 6 - Sunday, June 8 on the restored Randall's Island. Lineup and tickets TBA soon.

fans at Electric Zoo 2011 (more by Leia Jospe)
Electric Zoo

Electric Zoo faced some trouble over the weekend when two drug-related deaths and many hospitalizations led to the cancellation of day 3 (9/1). A Walk in the Park reports (via Gothamist):

A 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at the Electric Zoo Music Festival on Randall's Island NYC Park Advocates has learned.

The teen woke up on Friday under a van in a parking lot with her pants undone and bruises and scratches on her legs, according to several city sources.

Medical personnel at Cornell Medical Hospital later determined she was sexually assaulted.

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Thirty-one people were also arrested according to the police including two felonies. Offenses ranged from drug sales, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and possession of controlled substances.

The Electric Zoo promoters will also be offering refunds for those who had tickets for Sunday. They write on Facebook:
We will be issuing full, automatic 100% refunds for SUNDAY passes. 50% refund for 2-Day FRI/SUN passes, including 1/2 service fees. 33% refund for 3-Day FRI/SAT/SUN passes, including 1/3 service fees. We are processing refunds as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience. For more info, http://support.frontgatetickets.com/ or call 888-512-SHOW.
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electric-zoo

Party's over for The Electric Zoo this year. From the Mayor's office:

Due to serious health risks, the Electric Zoo music festival on Randall's Island on Sunday, September 1st has been cancelled. The City recommended cancellation and the event promoters have agreed.

During the first two days of the Electric Zoo music festival, two concert-goers have died and at least four others became critically ill and have been placed in intensive care at area hospitals. Definitive causes of death have not yet been determined, however, both appear to have involved the drug MDMA (ecstasy, or molly). The Electric Zoo organizers have worked with City officials to reduce health risks at this event, but in view of these occurrences, the safest course is to cancel the remaining day of the event

The Daily News adds:
The electronic dance music festival, in its fifth year, was scheduled to conclude Sunday with headlining deejay sets by Armin Van Buuren, Sebastiona Ingrosso, Steve Aoki and Laidback Luke.

But over the first two days of the festival, two attendees died from apparent overdoses of MDMA, nicknamed molly, an illegal drug typically combined with other chemicals in Ecstasy pills, officials said.

Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, was rushed to Harlem Hospital at 3:10 a.m. Saturday but could not be saved.

Olivia Rotondo, 20, of Providence, R.I., was taken to Metropolitan Hospital at 8:45 p.m. Saturday and died about 50 minutes later, police said. Six hours before she was rushed to the hospital, the University of New Hampshire student posted a final message on Twitter.

Our condolences go out to the families and friends of Jeffrey and Olivia.

Randall's Island

Back in June, the people behind Governors Ball said they'd be helping to restore Randall's Island, which was left as a giant mudpie after the festival. The restoration (as you can see above) is complete, and the following statement has been given:

The Governors Ball Music Festival is proud to announce the completion of restoration efforts at Randall's Island Park's Event Site to repair the grounds. Governors Ball is making good on their stated goal of leaving the park's event site in even better condition than it was before this year's sold-out festival, which was hit by record rains at the start of the June 7th-9th event.

Governors Ball is honored to call Randall's Island Park home, and as New Yorkers themselves, the festival promoters at Founders Entertainment are especially dedicated to preserving and maintaining New York City's cherished public spaces. At the conclusion of this year's festival they immediately assumed responsibility for the cost of the restoration work, which included fully scraping, rototilling and then sodding the event site with 9 acres of hearty Kentucky Bluegrass. No time was wasted in this effort, and as soon as turf conditions were dry enough for restoration to go forward, work began. Founders contracted with DeLea Sod Farms, one of the most prestigious local sod and grass companies, for the project. Their long list of esteemed clients include the New York Yankees, among others.

In addition to field restoration, Governors Ball has invested in infrastructure improvements to the Randall's Island Park Event Site that will prevent future flooding and event site damage, including the installation of a drainage system on the west side of the event site. The investment will make the site more functional and better protected from future weather events. The move demonstrates Governors Ball promoters Founders Entertainment's long-term commitment to the park New York City's premier live music event calls home, and their dedication to protecting and preserving the event site so that it is available for all New Yorkers to enjoy for the months and years to come.

"Randall's Island Park is such a beautiful public space, and after this year's record rainfall resulted in lost grass and excessive mud in the event area, we knew immediately we had to restore the event site and leave it in even better condition than it was before Governors Ball took place. As New Yorkers who grew up going to Randall's Island often for sports, concerts, and other special events, the restoration wasn't just an ethical responsibility, it was a personal one. We have worked hand in hand with the Randall's Island Parks Alliance Turf Crew and the NYC Department of Parks to make sure all the work meets their professional standards. We are thrilled with the results, and we can't thank them enough for their support, and hard work throughout this process."
- Tom Russell, Yoni Reisman, and Jordan Wolowitz of Founders Entertainment
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Governors (Beach) Ball (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Gov Ball

Governors Ball says:

The Governors Ball Music Festival is honored to call Randall's Island Park home and is working closely with the New York City Department of Parks and the Randall's Island Park Alliance to ensure it is in great condition for all New Yorkers to enjoy for the months and years to come. The Governors Ball aims to leave the Park in even better condition than it was before this year's Festival, which was hit by record rains earlier this month.

Sodding work in the entire Harlem River event area will begin soon to the NYC Parks Department's specifications, following preparation work that has been done over the past few weeks. That prep work also was delayed by additional rain this month. Work is being done to make the land more durable in the future, including the installation of a drain to combat over saturation of the field. Governors Ball is working with RIPA and Parks to upgrade some other areas in the event space that were not damaged in this event.
Previously: Backyard Fest cancelled

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Twin Shadow / Grizzly Bear / crowd
Governors Ball
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

Governors Ball wrapped up on Sunday (6/9) after a very soggy start. Despite the rain on Friday and the treks through the mud that followed for the next two days, it was still a weekend filled with tons of great music, and day 3 was no exception. We already talked a bit about the epic Kanye West set, and just posted pictures of The xx, who also played that day. More pictures of day 3, including sets of Grizzly Bear, Twin Shadow, Yeasayer, Haim, The Avett Brothers, and more, are in this post.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Governors Ball coverage, pictures of day 1 are HERE and HERE, and pictures of day 2 are HERE and HERE. Day 3 pictures (more of which are on the way) continue below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball day 3 in pics: Grizzly Bear, Twin Shadow, Yeasayer, Haim, Avett Brothers & more"

photo by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Kanye West at Governors Ball - 6/9/13
Kanye West

Kanye West wrapped up this year's muddy, yet successful, Governors Ball on Randall's Island with an epic headlining set on the main stage (6/9). If you weren't close to the stage, it was hard to see him, but that didn't even matter because his elaborate light/visual show was a huge spectacle on his own. He had multiple layers of lights across the back end of the stage, and the screens were back and forth between showing ominous images and distorted shots of Kanye performing on stage. He didn't get as crazy as he has in the past with a rant, but he did go on a short one in the middle of "Clique" about how he doesn't care about radio or trying to sell a million records anymore, he just cares about music.

In addition to playing the hits, Kanye also played material off of his upcoming new album, Yeezus, including "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves," which he did on SNL, and three others, one possibly named "On Site" and another possibly named "I Am A God." Check out videos of him playing all five new songs, along with his full Governors Ball setlist, below. More pictures (like the one above) coming soon.

Continue reading "Kanye West played more new 'Yeezus' songs at Governors Ball (videos/setlist)"

note: these pictures were posted for about a minute yesterday, but due to a website malfunction, they disappeared. so here they are...

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Polica / Beach House / more muddy people
Governors Ball
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

You've already seen pictures of the rainy, muddy, first day of Governors Ball, and here's more in this post. They continue below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball day 1 in pics (part 2): Beach House, Polica, Holy Ghost!, Bear Mountain & more"

note: these pictures were posted for about a minute yesterday, but due to a website malfunction, they disappeared. so here they are...

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Dinosaur Jr. / Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs / muddy people
Governors Ball
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

Thanks to the storm that hit us on Friday (6/7), day 1 of Governors Ball got off to a pretty messy start. It wasn't so bad at first, and early sets from Polica and Dinosaur Jr. (who had a bunch of fans there in J.Mascis-style grey wigs) were still enjoyable despite the weather, but later in the day, the rain severely picked up and Feist's set was shut down after one song. Other artists, like Beach House, were cut off early too, and some, like Pretty Lights and Kings of Leon (who ended up playing Saturday instead), had to cancel completely. Still, before then there was much to enjoy, and the Skyy Vodka Tent made for a great place to take shelter and dry off. Plus huge afternoon dance parties from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Crystal Castles didn't hurt either.

Stay tuned for our continued coverage of Governors Ball, and follow BrooklynVegan on twitter and instagram for live updates (as much as cell phone service permits at least, it gets pretty rough around mid-day). More pictures of day 1 below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball day 1 in pics: rain, mud, Dinosaur Jr, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Local Natives & more"

Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Governors Ball

It's rare that a NYC music festival pulls it off, but Governors Ball may do just that this weekend (6/7-9) on Randall's Island (NOT Governors Island). The fest, already basically sold out (I say "basically" because it went back on sale last minute), will feature headlining sets from Kings of Leon, Guns N Roses (who also play Brooklyn Bowl first), and Kanye West, and the rest of the lineup is pretty impressive too (check out our Spotify playlist.) The weather for this weekend isn't looking so hot, but what I'm more concerned about is what is the best way to actually get there.

Events that take place on foreign lands like Governors Island and Randall's Island (this one is on Randall's Island, but is named after Governors Island, where it took place its first year) always present a challenge in terms of transportation. Driving wouldn't be such a bad idea (three-day parking passes are sold out, but single day passes are still available), but it'd be nice to take a more environmentally friendly route (and I don't have a car). So as a New Yorker who loves convenience, and loves to complain, I'm trying to figure out which mode of public transportation is going to cause the least amount of headaches.

Obviously the most environmentally friendly way is walking/bicycling, which you can do across the 103rd St. Footbridge, which re-opened in June 2012. You can easily get there from the 4/6 trains or the M15 bus, and it's about a 20 minute walk across (857 feet). You can also walk across the RFK bridge from Manhattan, the Bronx, or Queens. More info on both of those routes is at Randall's Island's website.

On a normal day, going to Randall's Island is probably pretty easy by taking the M35 bus which runs there from the NW corner of 125th St. and Lexington Ave. Though for this weekend, being that it's Governors Ball, you would instead take the X80 Special Events bus, which leaves from the same location and has an increased fare of $10. Transfer is available from the Lexington Avenue 4, 5, or 6 trains at 125th Street. But that might end up getting really crowded during a music festival - not to mention it's out of the way for many, which is why Governors Ball is also providing other (more expensive) ways of transportation for festival-goers.

One option they provide is taking the Manhattan Ferry, which departs from and returns to 34th St. and FDR Drive. The ferries run continuously throughout the day. If you're not walking distance, your best bet might be to get to the ferry terminal by bus. 3-day passes ($50) and single-day passes ($20) for roundtrip ferry tickets are available.

UPDATE: Maybe not that surprisingly,reports from rainy day one say the ferry and shuttle were long line disasters.

Another, slightly more expensive (but maybe more convenient?) option is the Brooklyn Shuttle, which leaves from Williamsburg venue Brooklyn Bowl. The best way to get Brooklyn Bowl if you don't live close enough to walk is probably the L or G trains. 3-day passes ($60) and single-day passes ($25) for the the shuttle are also available.

What do you think works the best? What's worked best for you in the past? Let's discuss.

Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
Grizzly Bear

As we realized/mentioned today in our Cut Copy post and our Feist post, single day tickets for Governors Ball are back on sale.

The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball single day tickets back on sale; we made a Spotify playlist"

Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
Kanye West

NYC festival Governors Ball is totally sold out of regular tickets, but if you weren't able to get yours and still want to go, there are still a few options. From now until Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM, you can enter the Governors Ball Ticket Lottery. Entering the lottery gives you a chance to be selected to purchase either a 3-day pass or a single day ticket. More details on how the lottery works below.

DoNYC is also giving away VIP passes and tickets to every after party, so you can also head to their site to enter that contest too.

Ticket lottery details and festival set times below...

Continue reading "sold-out Governors Ball offers last chance on tickets via lottery"

Yeasayer @ SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Yeasayer

Speaking of festivals, maybe you've seen commercials on TV for Living Social's Backyard Festival which happens on July 13 at Randall's Island. The fest features Aerosmith, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and... Yeasayer? Yep. The fest promises more bands but they haven't been announced yet. In addition to the music, food is from NYC restauranteur Dany Meyer's Union Square Events with a beer garden featuring 150 craft beers on tap. Tickets -- which include drink tastings and range from $89 general admission to $999 "Ultra VIP" -- are on sale now.

Yeasayer also play Governors Ball next month.

Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Deerhunter

Governors Ball is less than a month away, and the fest has now released the daily schedule. They've done a pretty good job with not too many giant conflicts -- though there's a few like Grizzly Bear vs Beirut, Bloc Party vs The xx, Erykah Badu vs Beach House, and Nas vs Guns N Roses. Check out the daily line-ups across their four stages below.

Continue reading "Governors Ball announces set times"

Governors Ball

Governors Ball, which started as a small NYC festival on Governors Island and moved to the larger Randall's Island last year, keeps getting bigger and bigger. This year's fest takes place June 7th, 8th & 9th, and tickets go on sale Friday. Check out the full lineup, in list, video and flyer format - one unannounced headliner included, below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2013 lineup (Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Grizzly Bear, xx, Cut Copy, Kendrick, Anco, Beach House & MUCH MORE)"

Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Governors Ball 2012

NYC music festival Governors Ball will return in 2013 for its second year at Randall's Island and third overall (it was initially held on Governors Island in 2011). The 2013 installment of the festival will go down on June 8 and 9. Pre-sale tickets will be announced in the next few weeks and the lineup will be announced in February.

This year's fest went down back in June and featured Passion Pit, Modest Mouse, Fiona Apple, Beck, Devendra Banhart, and more. PIcs of that are HERE and HERE.

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