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The Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival Back To South Street Seaport, July 9th, 2016


Picture By Bryan Buchman

The word on the street is the Village Voice is returning to its former glory after years of neglect, years that have left it as just a mere shadow of itself. I got wind of all this with the reappearance of Robert Christgau in a year in review roundtable meeting last month and while I haven’t paid real attention and probably won’t till the return of Michael Musto (since Arthur Bell left us long ago), I certainly hope it is true.

So, well perhaps it is back and this year’s 4Knots should tell us the story:

“The Village Voice is proud to announce the return of4Knots Music Festival as a free, all ages festival in its original home at the South Street Seaport. The 6th annual festival will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016.

The Voice is thrilled to announce it is returning to our roots with a free festival this year as part of the re-established Voice mission to bring music, art and culture to New Yorkers under the new ownership of Peter Barbey.

“In line with the Voice’s role as a tentpole of the cultural community in New York, we felt it was essential to continue our music legacy by producing a fantastic, free summer festival again,” Barbey said.

4Knots will continue the Voice’s successful 16-year run of showcasing emerging artists and indie rock bands in New York City. From 1pm-8pm, the festival will take over the Seaport and Pier 16 for a day full with more than a dozen artists performing for more than 10,000 music fans.

“We’re thrilled to have 4Knots back at the Seaport Museum! Our East River piers with historic ships are a great venue and the 4Knots festival brings great music and new visitors to this New York gem,” said Captain Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director, South Street Seaport Museum.

“As we move closer the opening of the new Seaport, with Jean-Georges’ Food Market, and McNally Jackson in 2017 we are so proud to welcome back the 4Knots Music Festival and showcase the Seaport District as a home of great, live entertainment in an unparalleled river front setting,” said Phillip St. Pierre, Senior General Manager of Seaport District & Howard Hughes Corporation.

Lineup announcements for 4Knots are set to be announced in the coming weeks. The festival prides itself on presenting audiences with the best up-and-coming artists breaking through today. Past performers have included: Dinosaur Jr., Super Furry Animals, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Mac DeMarco, Twin Peaks, Mikal Cronin, Those Darlins, Screaming Females, Happyness, Meatbodies, Nude Beach, Viet Cong, Juan Wauters, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Dead Stars, Kurt Vile & The Violators, The Men, Parquet Courts, Fat Tony, The Black Angels, The Drums, Dan Deacon, Oberhofer, Titus Andronicus, Crocodiles, Nick Waterhouse, Bleached, Archers of Loaf, Delicate Steve, Hospitality, Devin, Eleanor Friedberger, Team Spirit and more.

This year’s 4Knots art was commissioned by Brooklyn based artists Jeremyville. For further updates and announcements please visit


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