This Month's Dueling East End Music Festivals: How To Tell Them Apart
Take a holiday with Vampire Weekend at the MTK Music Festival. And go shopping!
THE BANDS (partial list)
E2NY: Patti Smith, Best Coast, Lissy Trullie, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, the Psychedelic Furs, Au Revoir Simone, of Montreal, Mates Of State
MTK: Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes, Matt & Kim, Cold War Kids, Chromeo, Ra Ra Riot, We Are Scientists, The Naked and Famous, The Limousines
THE DJS (partial list)
E2NY: Xaphoon Jones (Chiddy Bang), Rich Medina, DJ Rekha, Andy Rourke (The Smiths), Mister Saturday Night
MTK: None, although the music pumped through the fashion shops will probably be "curated" by someone.
E2NY: You can go "glamping"; the fancy tents that sleep four are sold out, but tepees that sleep as many as six are still available. (Bring your own sleeping bag and pillow, though.) Or you can camp on site. Although "Glamping" packages include nicer bathrooms, open bar, and "makeovers and massages on request." What!
MTK: No on-site camping, although the web site helpfully lists parks nearby and there are eastbound trains running back to NYC each night at 10:56 p.m. (Don't be late, or you'll be stuck out there for a while. Trust me on this.)
THE VIBE (assumption based on web site design)
E2NY: Unlike its week-later competitor, this festival has a "manifesto." Here is a portion of it.
• What you do, not what you see
• Who you meet, not who you see
• What you make happen, not what you watch happen.
Life is not a spectator sport.
Last time this seed was planted it grew to become the Secret Garden Party as it is now; the UKs most radical and expressive event.
Now the seed is being planted on the ancient lands of the Schinnecock Indian Nation.
Imagine a new concept for music and cultural events in the USA,
Imagine an award winning collective of event designers and programmers,
Imagine a new type of event that breaks the mold,
Imagine fine food, luxury living solutions, cutting edge music, theatre and art,
Imagine the freedom to create your own reality,
Imagine a wonderland.
In this wonderland where it would seem that seeing the bands is not all that important as experiencing them, the "dress code" is "use your imagination." And you can get 30% off at a New York City costume shop if you say you're attending the festival. So... use your imagination.
MTK: Remember the golden age of indie music blogsyou know, 2006? Think that, but with better clothing thanks to the "retail village," where Mary Kate & Ashley and Madewell will hawk their wares.