UPDATE: In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the Quiksilver Pro New York Surf and Music Festival have cancelled the eight scheduled days of free music (Matt and Kim, Girl Talk, Interpol, Wavves, Neon Indian, Flaming Lips). Read the latest updates – including the full concert schedule and info on the daily TV coverage broadcast on Fuse – here.
In the WeezerLips recap earlier this week I speculated the unidentified gig listed in the Lips July 11th press release for September 9th in Long Beach, Long Island would be part of a surfing competition held throughout the first half of that month. A press release today from Quicksilver revealed that not only is that true, but many other artists are playing as well – not to mention, appearances by surfing and action sports big names like Tony Hawk, Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds and Rob Dyrdek.
Most of the more established musical artists are playing Labor Day weekend (Girl Talk, Saves the Day, Interpol, Portugal. The Man, The Ettes, The English Beat, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and the weekend after (Taking Back Sunday, The Sounds, State Radio). In all, there’s eight consecutive days of concerts, with at least three artists per day. Best of all, it’s almost all free.
On Friday, September 9th – the final night of free concerts – Wavves, Neon Indian and Q-Tip perform, followed by headliner The Flaming Lips – sure to be a highlight of the two week surf, sports and music festival. Although the Lips have played on the same bill as Neon Indian before, this will be the first time since their collaborative EP was released (last March). What’s more, at recent gigs the Lips have regularly played the lead track from that EP, “Is David Bowie Dying??”. Smells like a live collab…
In related news, Neon Indian’s latest single, “Polish Girl” was unveiled today (listen at NPR, buy it tomorrow on iTunes). Last week Neon Indian made available a free download of “Fallout”. Both are from his upcoming sophomore album, Era Extraña – due out September 13th (just four days after he plays Long Beach… making this festival his last gig before the release).