The first annual CBGB Festival will take place July 5-8th at venues across New York City, according to the New York Times. Modeled after SXSW and CMJ, the festival will feature concerts, film screenings, workshops, and conferences.
The music portion, set for July 5-6th, will host 300 bands at 30 locations, ranging from “large stages like Central Park Summerstage and Webster Hall to small clubs like the Trash Bar in Williamsburg and the Living Room on the Lower East Side.”
Guided By Voices, Cloud Nothings, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will perform a free concert in Central Park, while hardcore bands The Cro-Mags, Vision of Disorder, and Sick of It All will headline a night at Webster Hall. Other acts on the bill include the New York Dolls’ David Johansen, The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, reunited punk band D Generation, Willie Nile, and The Baseball Project, which features members of R.E.M. and Dream Syndicate.
Music, film, and combo badges are now on sale via the festival’s website.
The festival is being staged by the group of investors who purchased the assets of the famous punk-rock club, which closed in 2006. Following the inaugural festival, they hope to re-open the CBGB club at a new downtown location.