Mac DeMarco @ Surf Lodge, 2015 (more by Chloe Gifkins)
Mac DeMarco @ Surf Lodge, 2015 (more by Chloe Gifkins)

In the Montauk Fire Department headquarters, where just under a year ago more than 300 people gathered to urge the board to crack down on the mayhem and misbehavior that engulfed Montauk in the early summer, on Tuesday a few dozen musicians and business owners this time told the board they think the effort has gone a bit too far.

With a decibel meter held in her hand, singer Nancy Atlas sauntered across the front of the room between the audience and the Town Board—singing the National Anthem.

The decibel level of her truncated rendition, she said, read 101 decibels: nearly twice the town’s current threshold for ambient noise emanating from a business hosting live music. That level, she said, was unreasonable.

“I got ticketed for ‘Porgy & Bess’ at the Surf Lodge … I wasn’t playing AC/DC. I was playing ‘Porgy & Bess,’” she told the board. “That ticket is one of the six tickets they have,” she said of the Surf Lodge. - []

Hamptons village Montauk has become a popular summer getaway for the partying crowd, much to the dismay of some local residents. Those folks have this time retaliated using Montauk's antiquated 55-decibel noise limit maximum, and among those hit most hard is hip hotel/venue The Surf Lodge that has had free outdoor concerts and other events for the last few years. After six tickets for noise ordinance, the NY State Liquor Authority learned that Surf Lodge does not have the proper license to even host live music.

As the NY Post points out, the Surf Lodge got around this by busing folks to the nearby "special secret-location" Yacht Club to see Sweden's Miike Snow on June 5, but since then shows have been quietly canceled, including last weekend's Porches and Mayer Hawthorne shows, both part of the Surf Lodge's 2016 Summer Concert Series. According to a June 14 article in, The Surf Lodge voluntarily put shows on hold until they can "amend its license filings with the state."

Surf Lodge has not made any official announcements on their social accounts or website regarding the cancellations, but it also doesn't list any show on its events schedule anymore either. Milky Chance, Lion Babe and St. Lucia are all scheduled to play Surf Lodge shows this coming Independence Day Weekend, but we won't be surprised if those don't happen. You can see the full, previously announced summer schedule. HERE. Stay tuned.

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