Siren Festival 2004
The Siren Festival

One thing you almost never hear me talk about is Coachella (happening as we speak in California). When I make the move to full-time music blogging, I'll write more about outdoor festivals on the other side of the country that I'm not even attending.

Strangely, there is a phenomenon among fellow NY music nut-jobs like myself to make the yearly exodus to Mecca, I mean Coachella. NYC attendees include Central Village, I Rock I Roll, and Productshop. I suppose it's as good an excuse as any for a vacation.

In the meantime, I'll stick to the festivals happening in Brooklyn. One such festival is happening in Coney Island for free on July 16th. And since I have nothing better to think about, I sit and wonder, "Who is going to play Siren Festival this year?"

The first confirmation is in. No offense to this band, but it's anti-climatic. Daily Refill reports that VHS or Beta is in fact on the bill for Siren.

I started a rumor a few weeks ago that Arcade Fire might be playing the show. So far nothing has proven it wrong.

1) You will not find The Arcade Fire on the lineup for Pitchfork's Intonation Festival (happening the same weekend). You will find The Decemberists, Fiery Furnaces, The Wrens, Broken Social Scene, The Go! Team, Will Oldham, and others that must not be playing Siren.

2) If you take a look at The Arcade Fire's upcoming tour dates, you will see that they are playing Lollapalooza on July 24th, but that July 16th is completely free.

What will happen if The Arcade Fire play Siren? It will be too crowded (and potentially miserable for those that didn't wait for hours to get good spots) by the time the headliners go on like every year of course!