UPDATE – The event grounds for Quiksilver Pro New York Surf and Music Festival were heavily hit by Hurricane Irene, forcing the town of Long Beach to cancel- among other events – the eight scheduled days of free music (Matt and Kim, Girl Talk, Interpol, Wavves, Neon Indian, Flaming Lips).
quiksilverpro.com/blog August 30, 2011 “An important update from Long Beach — Quiksilver is working closely with the City of Long Beach to preserve the heart of the ASP World Tour surf contest scheduled to start on Sunday, September 4 in light of the impact of Hurricane Irene and concerns for the Long Beach community, which suffered significant damage from the storm… The situation has been changing daily, and we recognize that City resources are focused on hurricane restoration and clean up as first priority. In that context, we have been informed by the City that the festival and music components of the event are no longer achievable… The Quiksilver Pro NY is first and foremost about the surf contest and Long Beach has an incredible surfing tradition and spirit. We are committed to holding the ASP tour event at Long Beach so that together we can promote the sport by bringing together the best surfers in the world to this terrific community.”
business.transworld.net “The Quiksilver Pro NYC kicked off this holiday weekend with an opening ceremony honoring international professional surfers including Kelly Slater, Peter Mel and Joel Parkinson… Between the beach site, the flanking boardwalk and surrounding highrises, more than 40,000 watched on as Quiksilver’s Hawaiian ambassadors Mel Pu’u and Titus Kinimaka joined the world’sbest surfers to share in the global surfing spirit.”
Beginning Labor Day weekend – with Matt & Kim, Girl Talk, Saves the Day, The English Beat, The Ettes, Portugal, The Man, Interpol, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, others – and running through September 15th, The Quiksilver Pro New York will feature world championship surfing, appearances by action sports big names (Tony Hawk, Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds and Rob Dyrdek among them) and eight consecutive days of concerts with at least three artists per day. Best of all, it’s almost all free.
Starting on Saturday, September 3rd, coverage of the festival will broadcast daily at 10 A.M. on Fuse. Although the artists to be aired on TV haven’t been officially revealed, several ads on the network have listed Interpol, Taking Back Sunday, The Sounds, Portugal, The Man and Girl Talk and one of the commercials mentions and includes footage of The Flaming Lips.
The Flaming Lips headlining slot on Friday, September 9th – following Wavves and Neon Indian – marks only their second appearance on Long Island in their 28 year career (the first being just a few weeks ago at Jones Beaches’ WeezerLips Extravaganza).
Full, updated free concert schedule:
Saturday, Sept. 3
1:15 pm – Rudy
2:15 pm – Mat Mchugh/The Beautiful Girls Solo & Acoustic
3:30 pm – Saves the Day
5:00pm – Matt & Kim (recently added)
6:15 pm – Girl Talk
Sunday, Sept. 4
1:15 pm – Bigger
2:15 pm – The English Beat
3:30 pm – The Ettes
4:45 pm – Portugal, The Man
6:00 pm – Interpol
Monday, Sept. 5
1:15 pm – Wildlife
2:30 pm – The Wicked Tomorrow
3:30 pm – Blackbells
4:45 pm – Civil Twilight
6:00 pm – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Tuesday, Sept. 6
3:15 pm – Withersby
4:15 pm – Flight’s Kool
5:30 pm – Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime
Wednesday, Sept. 7
3:15 pm – Mike Krum
4:15 pm – Temporary Grace
5:30 pm – The Benjamins
Thursday, Sept. 8
3:15 pm – Andy Suzuki & The Method
4:30 pm – River City Extension
5:45 pm – State Radio
Friday, Sept. 9
1:15 pm – Hugo
2:15 pm – Charlotte O’Connor
(Note: Q-Tip’s 9/9 set – listed in the original Quicksilver press release – has been cancelled)
3:30 pm – Wavves
4:45 pm – Neon Indian
6:00 pm – The Flaming Lips
Saturday, Sept. 10 (Note: benefit concert – not free)
1:15 pm – Rye Rye
2:30 pm – The Sounds
4:00 pm – Taking Back Sunday
5:30 pm – Kelly and Friends + Max Weinberg Experience
September 9th, the final day of free concerts (the 10th is a benefit concert) is sure to be a highlight of the two week festival. Asside from Wavves’s beach anthems, concertgoers and Fuse-watchers can expect new music from Neon Indian and The Flaming Lips – seperately, and possibly together. Neon Indian recently released “Polish Girl” (listen at NPR) and a free download of “Fallout” – both 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). 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…
The Flaming Lips have made a point to play atypical venues this year – such as Colorado’s Snowball Festival, Cheshire, UK’s Jodrell Bank Astrophysics Observatory, and the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and Belltower – why not an action sports festival/ surfing contest as well?
Excerpt from original press release below (click link for full statement):
quiksilver.com: “Quiksilver announces the world’s largest action sports and music festival ever assembled when The Quiksilver Pro New York supported by vitaminwater arrives in Long Beach, New York from September 1-15. The inaugural U.S. event in the Quiksilver Pro Global Series,which also includes pinnacle events in France and Australia, The Quiksilver Pro New York can already claim its spot as the largest assemblage of music talent and athletes for an action sports competitive event. The festivitieskick-off Labor Day Weekend with Quiksilver, DC and Roxy’s top athletes on-hand to meet fans and perform a series of skate, BMX and moto demos; followed byeight nights of music with headlining acts that include The Flaming Lips, Girl Talk, Interpol, Taking Back Sunday and a special benefit concert hosted by Kelly Slater & Friends on Saturday, September 10.
“We’re very excited to perform at the Quiksilver Pro–the first event of its kind on the east coast,” said Interpol’s Paul Banks. “As we hail from that part of the country, we are happy to contribute to a collective call of ‘Surf’s Up!’”
The Quiksilver Pro New York is the second stop in the Quiksilver Pro Global Series, the world’s largest professional surfing competition series, which also includes the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in Australia and the Quiksilver Pro France. Quiksilver is bringing the ASP World Tour’s elite 34 global pro surfers to Long Beach, New York to compete for surfing’s first-ever $1 million prize purse. Along with the surf competition there will be a massive festival area that includes a live concert stage, motocross, skateboarding & BMX demos, event merchandise and more. Admission is free to the public. The ASP surf competition will take place during the best four days of waves in the event window.
In addition a new breed of action sports film comes to life as Red Bull Media House, in association with Brain Farm Digital Cinema, presents “The Art of Flight,” a Curt Morgan film starring Quiksilver athlete Travis Rice. Join the entire cast of “The Art of Flight” for the world premiere at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on September 7.
For additional information and updates, please go to: http://www.quiksilverpro.com. The Quiksilver Pro New York will be broadcast from September 3-15 by MSG and Fuse, with programming that will feature some of the biggest artists, athletes and live performances from the event.”