This past Saturday wasn’t kind to the Hamptons “music scene.” First, news came that Music To Know festival, the two-day soiree that was supposed to take place on an abandoned airstrip in East Hampton this coming weekend, was cancelled because not enough people were ponying up the $195 for admission. “Despite our unique vision and arranging a world-class line-up, ticket sales were not adequate to allow the event to continue,” read a statement on the festival’s website. MTK had a solid lineup, with Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes, Dawes and many others slated to play.
Not long after the cancellation was announced, woebegone ticket holders got some good news from Escape To New York festival, which was going down in nearby Southampton at that very moment. “So sad to hear that MTK Music Festival is cancelled,” the announcement from E2NY read. “We would like to invite all disappointed MTK ticket holders to join us this weekend for some great music and festival fun!” In a heartwarming gesture, E2NY said that MTK tickets would be honored for the third day of its own event, which was to include sets by Of Montreal and Mates Of State.
But before those MTK refugees could make the hours-long trip to their new mecca near the tip of Long Island, Mother Nature decided to downpour on their parade. Following heavy rains and flash flooding overnight on Saturday, the Shinnecock Indian Nation (on whose reservation the festival was being held) requested that E2NY call off the festival’s third day, fearing that the grounds wouldn’t be able to handle rowdy crowds of music fans and “glampers.”
E2NY’s statement about the cancellation gave some reason for hope, though. The first two nights went reportedly well, so the folks behind the event are planning on having a second go at it next year. We wish them the best of luck in their battle against New York’s apparent festival curse.