Two-For-One Saturday

Afternoon, Siren Festival; Evening, We Are Scientists

by Rosie Walia   |   Jul 16, 2010

Two-For-One Saturday

Last year’s Siren Festival (Photo: Jonathan McPhail)

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If you’re one of the many who endlessly complain about the lack of quality music festivals, then rant no more: Siren Festival is here! Independently produced by the Village Voice since 2001, the Siren Festival has long been the place of hipsters and non-hipsters alike to hold hands and drink cheap beer while listening to some of indie rock’s heavy hitters. Tomorrow, July 17, the following bands will perform in the middle of Coney Island Park:

Matt and Kim
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Holy Fuck
Night Marchers
Surfer Blood
Wye Oak
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Earl Greyhound
Screaming Females
Apache Beat

With two stages and free entrance, the all-day Siren Fest makes up for the lack of good indie rock festivals within the tri-state area. After all, with the cancellation of All Points West this summer, a lot of New York City natives were left hungry for a Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza to call their own. If the free entrance, beach, guaranteed tan, and chance to see some heat-induced chaos isn’t enough to get you on the Q train to Coney Island, then how about an after party?

Beginning at 10 p.m. at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, the Brooklyn-based We Are Scientists will be performing along with Lightspeed Champion and Bad Girlfriend. Tickets cost $17 (and can be purchased here), but it’s well worth it for Scientists, whose new album Barbara is already creating buzz with its syllabic tunes, such as “Nice Guys” and “Rules Don’t Stop.”

Grab some beach chairs, coolers and a change of shoes, and make it a two-for-one Saturday with the Siren Festival and We Are Scientists.