28 April 2007

David Bowie's High Line Festival

Summer Music Festivals!!!

What: The H&M High Line Festival curated by David Bowie
Where: From the Meatpacking District to West Chelsea to Hells Kitchen
When: May 9 to 19
How Much: Prices vary by act
More info: www.highlinefestival.com

Closer to CMJ and South by Southwest than Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza, the High Line Festival (sponsored by H&M) is a chance to wear the same clothes as everyone around you (H&M?) and check out some of the hottest b(r)ands around (like H&M). Curator David Bowie has conjured up an impressive showing of his disciples, gathering some of the hottest names in music, comedy, film, performance and visual art. I know, I know, there are no hot names in visual art, but - undoubtedly with promises of mountains of blow and a chance to meet Iman - Bowie has lured neon names like the red-hot Arcade Fire (with the National), the cultish Polyphonic Spree, the wacky Deerhoof, the reclusive Daniel Johnston, the psychedelic Secret Machines and France's Wham (a.k.a. AIR). Ricky Gervais, the man behind "The Office," promises to be extremely British, representing the comedy portion of the festival. Spread across the city's finest venues (including Radio City Music Hall, Theatre at MSG and Hammerstien Ballroom) and backed by live-music behemoth Live Nation, High Line might make your pockets considerably lighter, but I hear the summer line at H&M is a steal.

- Joseph Coscarelli

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