Every year, the Village Voice takes over Coney Island for the Siren festival. A completely free day of music with a circus freak theme set on two stages whose performers switch off times so that there is never a quiet moment, quite literally, during the festival.
For this festival, there are no tickets in advance and no camping. There is simply a subway ride to the end of Brooklyn and a hoard of people to fight through.
- SUNSCREEN. Every year we attend this festival and every year, there is one little red bit of us we forget to slather in sunscreen.
- Hydrate. It is hot. REALLY hot. No matter what. Water is allowed, there is no corral for Siren, bring water.
- Schedule. The stages at Siren switch off but it is a good idea to keep an idea of who you want to see and where. The two stages are located in the parking lots that abut the Coney Island Boardwalk, with the stages facing out to the road. Travelling back and forth between the stages is easy but we recommend the Boardwalk for easy access. This will also leave you relatively close to the front of the stage.
This year’s performers are: MATT & KIM, TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS, THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, HOLY FUCK, NIGHT MARCHERS, SURFER BLOOD, HARLEM, CYMBALS EAT GUITARS, EARL GREYHOUND, PONYTAIL, SCREAMING FEMALES, WYE OAK, DOM, APACHE BEAT