2010 photo by Jackie Roman via Siren Fest
2010 photo by Jackie Roman via Siren Fest

Hope you enjoyed Brooklyn’s biggest free music festival while it lasted: The Village Voice announced last night it killed the Coney Island Siren Festival in favor of a new one called 4 Knots at the South Street Seaport in hip, young downtown Manhattansburg. Siren was a summertime tradition (albeit a hot and sweaty one, like all good music fests) but perhaps its death is symbolically parallel to the overall mucusy sickness of Coney’s attempted rebirth. The two-stage fest over the decade featured Ted Leo, Built to Spill, Frightened Rabbits, TV on the Radio, M.I.A. and the New York Dolls among many others. Says the Voice: “Siren had a fantastic 10-year run, but the 4 Knots Festival will replace it on the Voice’s summer-show docket. Embrace change!” No lineup has been announced yet, so we’ll see.

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  1. no more Siren?? what the hell?
    that was one of the best free shows in the summer.

    i doubt the seaport can accommodate the thousands of people who flocked to coney island for Siren.

    way to go, Voice.

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