The Seaport Music Festival is an international indie-oriented music festival at The Seaport, bringing crowds by the thousands to lower Manhattan during the summer. Founded in 2002, the annual music series is recognized for presenting a plethora of indie music’s most relevant breaking and established bands—indie veterans to critically acclaimed newcomers—from around the globe.
The free open-air series is held on Friday nights in July and August amid the backdrop of tall ships, skyscrapers and New York City's harbor and is renowned for “taking risks” and giving many New Yorkers their first opportunity to discover and/or hear a particular band live, and for free.
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"...the Seaport Music Festival at the South Street Seaport, an essential indie rock series that runs through the end of August..." - The New York Times
"Dramatic backdrop views, impeccable sound, daring of-the-moment bookings... and, oh, yeah, all free, all the time." - New York Magazine
Best Outdoor Venue, Best of Manhattan 2009
"...shows at the South Street Seaport were easily the best around."
- New York Press
"The enduringly cool Seaport Music Festival." - The Villager
"...an essential indie-rock series." - The New York Times
"must-see hipster series at South Street Seaport. - The New York Times
" People think the warm season means SummerStage and Celebrate Brooklyn. But as those two behemoths wrestle with trying to be too many things to too many people, the Seaport Music Fest has simply started presenting big names of the indie world, for free, on Friday nights, in one of the nicest settings to be had." - TimeOut New York