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This past weekend marked the introduction of Escape To New York initially set to be a 3-day celebration beginning on Friday, August 5th, but was cancelled on the third day due to inclement weather conditions. The event’s mission embraced the creative arts, music, an array of diverse gastronomy and provided awareness allowing patrons to experience the multi-cultural Shinnecock community. Conceptualized under the direction of Freddie Fellowes, founder of the famed Secret Garden Party, E2NY teamed up with the esteemed Shinnecock Nation community to host the grand affair on the Shinnecock Reservation located in Southampton, NY.

The first annual festival greeted thousands to an array of festivities that included Escape To New York art installation work by a variety of artists. We took note of the mesmerizing sounds of the “The Gamelatron”, created by Aaron Taylor Kuffner and “Braindrop” a meditation space by artist Kate Raudenbush. Festival goers had the opportunity to explore the forest and landscape while treated to clothing, craft and food vendor stalls- a change from the typical selection of offerings- a major highlight for us. Dish selections included two notable pop-ups by Sly Fox Den offering Buffalo on a stick w/ wild rice, Deer Meat/Onions, while NYC based Rick Shaw Dumpling Truck served up bite sized dim sum delights. We thoroughly enjoyed fast service and 6 Pork Chive dumplings with a side of Chili Sesame Noodle Salad all for $9.

Hopping from stage to tent set up, we were able to take advantage of the Saturday lineup beginning in the Woodland area with DJ Regent (Liam) played house beats, Andy Rourke DJ & bass guitarist formerly of The Smiths showcased mid afternoon in the Main Dance tent. With what seemed to literally be a private showcase just for us (or we’d like to think so, thank you Mr. Rourke), he dropped nothing but classic gems. It is wonderful to see someone who is known for a particular music genre to allow others a glimpse into his personality, by what he chooses to play. (See below for partial tracklist). Next on the Main Stage was The Psychedelic Furs with original front man Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass), Rich Good (guitar), Mars Williams (saxophone), Amanda Kramer (keyboards), and Paul Garisto (drums). For those familiar with the “Brat Pack” era were treated to true sounding Furs with a classic set- Heartbeat, Pretty In Pink, Mr. Jones, Love My Way, President Gas, Heaven, Heartbreak Beat and Forever Now. As the sun set and the evening mood took way, the night brought Chicago based DJ Pierre with his signature acid-house style.

With great emphasis to expand outside the expected festival setup, Escape To New York proved to be a solid first year attempt combining the appeal of New York City and eastern Long Island lifestyle in one setting. We’re looking forward to what they have planned next time around. A huge thanks to the WE+PR group for keeping things so organized and a great time.

1. “We Live In Brooklyn Baby”- Roy Ayers
2. Rolling Stones
3. Siouxsie & The Banshees
4. “Rock The Casbah”- The Clash
5. “Connected”- Stereo MCs
6. “Jungle Boogie”- Kool & The Gang
7. “Fine Time”- New Order
8. “Stop Me” (If You Think You Heard This One Before)- Mark Ronson
9. Pulp Fiction sample (unknown)
10. “Lips Like Sugar”- Echo & The Bunnyman
11. “Blue Blue Electric Blue”- David Bowie
12. Dr. Who Theme sample
13. “Three Is The Magic Number”- De La Soul
14. Gorillaz
15. “Rapture” (Blondie) x “Riders On The Storm” (The Doors)
16. “Groove Is In The Heart”- Dee-lite
17. “Everybody Hurts”- R.E.M. remake