It seems like there are destination music festivals all over the United States, but one of the most popular cities in the nation is missing from that list — New York City! But, that could change very soon…
California has Coachella, Tennessee has Bonnaroo, and Chicago has Lollapalooza. This summer will mark the very fist Catalpa Festival in the New York City area. The Catalpa Festival, which will be held on Randall’s Island on July 28th-29th, has just been announced and so far the list of artists performing includes the Black Keys, TV on the Radio, Snoop Dogg, City and Colour, Umphrey’s McGee, The Big Pink, AraabMuzik, Felix Da Housecat, and Fort Atlantic. More artists are expected to be announced soon.
This summer will bring back Governors Ball to New York once again and Metallica will host their Orion Festival in Atlantic City (last year was San Francisco), so what makes Catalpa more of a sure “east cost Coachella-type???”
The event will also feature a “Taste of New York” with food from some of the city’s best eateries, Art Installations, a Silent Disco Tent, and a structure built by Arcadia (a sculpture-based organization that takes military scraps and turns them into “positive environments for the purpose of celebrating life”).
The most creative part of this festival (and one of my favorites) is the Church of Sham Marriages. An inflatable church will be available for anyone who wants to have an impromptu fake wedding with the “pimp or pastor.” For those who want to get married for real, that option is available too.
The festival is produced by Dublin production company Frisky. Early bird weekend passes are available now for $99. A ferry pass is available for $35. Shuttle and parking options are also available. To find out more about the Catalpa Festival click HERE.
Do you think the east coast will get their very own Coachella???