We never even had a chance to be bummed out when the Village Voice's annual Siren Festival in Coney Island was cancelled because of the simultaneous announcement of a replacement. But now after seeing the lineup we're all like, "Siren What?" The 4Knots Festival (so named because "the East River runs at a speed of 4 knots") will feature The Black Angels (who are no stranger to Gothamist), Oberhofer, and Davila 666, and the organizers promise plenty more band and deejay announcements to come.
The Black Angels, whose drone-rock should pair well with the sweltering July heat, will close the 100% free festival, while the poppy, speedy punk of Davila 666 and the swelling, sing-song melodies of Oberhofer should bring a nice, if guitar-oriented, balance to bill. Plus, it will be a hell of a lot easier to get there than schlepping it to Coney Island. The funnel cake, however, will be missed.