CBGB Returns As Music Festival In New York

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CBGB was a music club in Manhattan in New York City that was founded in 1973 it was the starting point for many bands like Ramones, Patti Smith, Blondie, Misfits, and Talking Heads. The club closed in October of  2006 due to a dispute in the monthly rent rate.

Now the rights to the defunct club has been purchased and the new owners are planning to bring CBGB back in the form of a massive city-wide summer music festival.

The New York Times is reporting that the CBGB Festival, set to run from July 5th to 8th, will include 300 bands at 30 locations across New York, from Central Park’s Summerstage to the Highline Ballroom to clubs like Lit Lounge.

“We’re trying to continue the idea of supporting live music, making a lot of noise and being a part of New York City,” Tim Hayes, one of the investors, told the Times. “The festival is one way we can do it. Eventually the club will be another way we can do it.”

The festival will feature a free show on July 7th at Summerstage with headliners Guided By Voices and openers the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Cloud Nothings. “We want to make room for some of the legends that came from CBGB, but the primary focus is to support new music,” Hayes said.

The festival will also include films, with screenings of 30 classic and new rock films and documentaries on five screens over the course of two days. There will also be a conference with panels and talks from songwriters, publishers, record label employees, promoters, journalists and more. To top it all off, there will also be a “spirits fest,” which will celebrate artisan whiskey distillers.

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