NYC Music Festival Changes Name, Announces Pixies, Oasis, Beck As Headliners

Published: 2005-08-17
The festival briefly known as Across The Pond, to be held simultaneously on two Big Apple sites in Brooklyn and Staten Island, will henceforth be known as Across The Narrows. Whatever the name, the fest's inaugural lineup is looking mighty fine.

Indie rock fans planning a fall road trip would do well to feast their eyes upon the already confirmed performers for the October 1 & 2 event and start packing their retro duffel bags.

The Pixies, Oasis, Beck and The Killers are scheduled to fulfill headlining duties over the course of the two-day, two-stage event, while Jet, Interpol, Doves and Belle & Sebastian are also prominent among the internationally flavoured lineup.

On the reunited veterans front, The New York Dolls will represent the home team, while the recently reformed Gang Of Four will remind all who attend just who invented the "angular guitar riff". Also, The Lemonheads are said to be reuniting for the event, though just what lineup that might be from the band's tumultuous history is anyone's guess.

And, in the Canadian corner, look for sets by our very own red-hot rockers Death From Above 1979 and those charming twin ladies named Tegan & Sara.

With both day's concerts situated miles apart and competing directly with each other, seeing everything will be impossible and the ticket situation is sure to be tricky. According to Billboard, "tickets can be purchased separately for each of the four shows, and a discounted ticket will be available for any two concerts. VIP package details are still being finalized".

Here is the lineup so far (with a couple of acts still to be announced):

October 1


The Pixies
Gang Of Four
Built To Spill
Rilo Kiley
Death From Above 1979
Mando Diao
Nine Black Alps

Staten Island

The Killers
The New York Dolls
British Sea Power
Lake Trout
Tegan & Sara
The Ordinary Boys

October 2


Belle & Sebastian
Polyphonic Spree
The Raveonettes
Gang Gang Dance
Whirlwind Heat

Staten Island

The Lemonheads
Jesse Malin
The Redwalls

Writer: Neil McDonald



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