Festival Fervor

Returning to a common iJamming! themeā€¦ namely, the festival scene. American cities do not lack for outdoor concerts during the summer – New York is hosting over 500 this year, most of them entirely free – but festivals have long been something of a running disaster. Especially those of the overnight kind. Across The Pond may just have got it right by announcing a two-day festival in New York City, across two venues: the Keyspan Park in Brooklyn’s Coney Island and the Richmond Bank County Bank Ballpark on Staten Island. (These are the two Minor League, small-sized baseball stadiums built during Mayor Giuliani’s tenure and among the few positive community projects he deserves to take credit for.) Though the festival has yet to be officially announced, the word is out that the line-up will include The Pixies, The Gang of Four, Oasis, Jet, The Killers, Beck and Belle & Sebastien. Oh, and the New York Dolls: it helps, I’m sure, to have at least one local act, however ancient.

Across The Pond will take place over the weekend of October 1st and 2nd. It’s unclear yet whether the bands will be playing just the one show, meaning that there would be four days worth of events in all; or whether each act will be playing one day at each venue, as per Leeds/Reading and the V Festival; or whether each venue will host the same show, two days in a row. The two ballparks, for those who don’t know Outer Borough Geography, are all of about five miles from each other, separated only by the Verrazzano Bridge. The views from Keyspan Park are phenomenal; I can’t vouch for those on Staten Island.

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4 Comment(s)

  1. 3 August, 2005 at 3:33 pm

    Sounds promising, although given how many festivals have fallen through here, I’ll believe it when I see it. Also nice to see it scheduled for October rather than the middle of summer.

  2. drewo

    4 August, 2005 at 6:15 pm

    The views from the Staten Island ballpark are also quite nice — looking over the New York harbor back to Manhattan. And gigantic cargo ships tend to float by (really slow like some kind of Robert Wilson effect), as if trying to get a glimpse of the action on the field. And the Staten Island park is easy to get to (from Manhattan) — free ferry ride and a two minute walk.

    So, play ball! Er, rock and roll.

  3. 5 August, 2005 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks Drew. That’s good to know. Let’s hope it happens.


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