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The 2014 4Knots Music Festival Takes Over South Street Seaport [Recap]

by Photo of Gabriela Barkho

4Knots Music Festival took over Manhattan’s South Street Seaport with food, beer and plenty of music.

The 2014 4Knots Music Festival Takes Over South Street Seaport [Recap]

South Street Seaport, the Brooklyn Bridge and a whole lot of music. On July 12, the Village Voice's 2014 4Knots Music Festival boasted a variety of acts who rocked the iconic South Street Seaport in New York City. The day's musical performers included Dinosaur Jr., Mac DeMarco, Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong, Nude Beach, Juan Wauters, Crazy Pills and Dead Stars. 

Set against the backdrop of Lower Manhattan's skyline, the fourth annual festival, which was free and open to the public, made for a fun-filled day for all to enjoy. 

With two stages and plenty of vendor tents, this year’s festival took over the Seaport for a nautical-themed festival. With plenty of sunshine, food and beer, the city’s music (and selfie!) lovers were spotted roaming Fulton St. to dive into the festival activities.

As for the music, this year’s 4Knots features a jam packed schedule with back-to-back performances that kept the music pumping and the crowds dancing. 

First up in the lineup was an early set by Dead Stars at the Front/Row stage followed by Radkey on the main stage, where the punk band demanded the attention of all of Pier 16’s passersby. 

The last minute addition Crazy Pills, who replaced Re-TROS from Beijing, didn't disappoint. Of course one of the day’s most anticipated performances was by Speedy Ortiz, who brought their infectious indie punk/rock sound to the Pier 16 stage during the sizzling afternoon. The Northampton-based act unleashed a fan-pleasing set with plenty of hits including the hit single “American Horror” and the freshly released “Bigger Party”. 

Next up came Juan Wauters’ solo performance at the other end of the festival grounds, where the Uruguayan crooner entertained the growing crowds pouring in. 

Canadian post-rockers Viet Cong jammed out during their set, while Nude Beach’s show featured plenty of punk to round out the afternoon.

As the day wore on, Those Darlins took to the main stage where they rocked the crowd with some classic covers, including Bob Dylan's "The Man In Me”.

Of course, this year’s 4Knots anticipated headliners, Dinosaur Jr. and Mac DeMarco, had the big crowd gathering as the sun set. As expected, DeMarco put on a lively show, performing some of his latest music from the recently released “Salad Days” album.

Then ‘90s act Dinosaur Jr., armed with their greatest hits, prompted crowd surfing accompanied by some moshing up near the stage. After all these years, the band still shreds.

To top it all off, the 2014 4Knots festival was followed up by an after-party hosted at Webster Hall, with a special performance by hip hop artist Ab-Soul. 

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