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A free four-day waterfront music festival is returning to NYC

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Ro Samarth

South Street Seaport has undergone a serious facelift in recent years. For that, you can thank Howard Hughes Corporation's nigh-billion dollar efforts at rebranding the 400-year-old port from tourist attraction to native New Yorker hotspot. Some things, however, never change. Namely, consistently solid lineups of up-and-coming indie bands at the Seaport Music Festival.

This year proves no different. The festival just announced its 15th anniversary celebration in partnership with South Street Seaport Museum and the Village Voice. Previous years have featured such seminal indie outfits as the xx, Animal Collective and Hot Chip early in their rise to fame, and this year's bill provides some similarly juicy highlights. Our favorites on this year's lineup include hard-driving rockers Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Suicide-alum Martin Rev, post-punkers The Make-Up and fuzzed-out power-pop group Big Huge. Also playing are James Chance & the Contortions, The Wolfmanhattan Project, Jean Grae, Azar Swan and The Dance Cartel.

The festival takes places September 7–10 and is free and open to all ages. In addition to the music, make sure to check out the locally sourced foods from the Fulton Stall Market and oysters from Empire Oyster. Visit the official website for further details and set times.

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