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Patti Smith to Headline Escape to New York Festival

Also: Vampire Weekend play the Music to Know Festival; Arcade Fire reissue 'The Suburbs'

May 10, 2011 4:30 PM ET
Patti Smith performs at a benefit concert for the Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund on March 29, 2011 in New York City.
Patti Smith performs at a benefit concert for the Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund on March 29, 2011 in New York City.
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Patti Smith Headlines Escape to New York Festival
Patti Smith, the Psychedelic Furs, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Best Coast have been announced as performers at the Escape to New York festival, which will be held at the Shinnecock Reservation Land in Southampton, New York on August 5-7th. The event, which will include high-end camping, experimental theater, installation art and brunch will also feature performances by Au Revoir Simone, Chairlift, the Vaccines, White Rabbits and many more. [Press release]

Vampire Weekend to Play Music to Know Festival
Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes, Cold War Kids, Matt and Kim, Tom Tom Club and M. Ward are confirmed to perform at the MTK: Music to Know festival on August 13th and 14th in East Hampton, New York. Other acts scheduled to appear include Tame Impala, Fitz and the Tantrums, Ra Ra Riot and We Are Scientists. [Press release]

Arcade Fire Reveal 'The Suburbs' Deluxe Details
Arcade Fire are set to release a deluxe edition of their hit album The Suburbs on August 2nd. The expanded set will include a DVD featuring Spike Jonze's short film Scenes From the Suburbs as well as two bonus tracks – a cut called "Culture War" and a collaboration with David Byrne titled "Speaking in Tongues." [Pitchfork]

Bruise Cruise 2012 Announced
The Bruise Cruise Festival – a four-day punk rock show set on an actual cruise ship – will return for a second event on February 10-13th of next year. This cruise, tickets for which are already on sale, will feature King Khan and the Shrines, the Soft Pack, the Dirt Bombs, Thee Oh Sees and comedian Neil Hamburger. [Press release]

Yuck Plan New Tour Dates
British indie rockers Yuck have extended their North American tour with a string of dates beginning with an appearance at the Pitchfork Music Festival on July 17th. The band will hit Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Vancouver, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles with support act Unknown Mortal Orchestra. [Press release]

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