The Village Voice is back this year for its 5th annual 4Knots Fest at Hudson River Park’s Pier 84. The headliners are Mikal Cronin, Super Furry Animals and Twin Peaks. These acts are very culturally similar to the bands chosen for last year, Mac Demarco, Speedy Ortiz and Vietcong. All have subsequently blown up this year, each respectively playing major headlining shows and saw skyrocketing social media figures. The entire lineup (including supporting acts, Heaters, Happyness and Meatbodies) is very live-band centered with a psychedelic indie-rock focus. Affordable tickets, gorgeous views, amazing music all in NYC, this is a must-do for summer 2015!
Mikal Cronin is at heart, a singer-songwriter. His last record MCIII is his first major production solo work, and does not disappoint. He uses straightforward pop melodies and 70s inspired grooves, as well as engaging his audience with large string arrangements, pianos and guitar lines. Cronin is an excellent choice as headliner because he is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Super Furry Animals, hailing from Wales, is similarly a psychedelic rock group. This group is particularly interesting because of their atypical history (having 40 foot tall bears on stage, hit single titled “The Man Don’t Give A F**k”, and two highly experimental, highly strange studio albums before breaking into the main stream). SFA retains hallucinogenic roots in their more recent work, with a deliberate and successful diffusion into the market of “mass appeal”.
Anyone who has been following the Brooklyn indie music scene for the last few years will be happy to see the Twin Peaks dudes getting a headlining spot. These guys have more than played their way through NYC, recently playing bigger shows and going on bigger tours. They are a classic rock group with a very New York vibe, a punkier and grittier Strokes.
Fans of 4Knots Fest in past years have another thing coming to them. Pier 48 is Hudson River Park’s largest public pier, centered in the middle of the park. Not only will you get to see the concert, but picturesque views of the Hudson River will dazzle you all day and all night long. Food sponsors include Kind, Whole Foods and Dos Toros Taqueria. 4Knots is set to take place July 11, 1pm-10 pm, rain or shine and you can purchase your tickets here. Be sure to add this to you summer t0-do list!
Written by Alessandra Licul