Pitchfork and October come together for OctFest on Governors Island in September (with Vince Staples, The Flaming Lips and more)
The second annual OctFest is quickly approaching, curated by Pitchfork and October, a leading beer culture website. Like last year, the music lineup is eclectic, with Vince Staples headlining Saturday (with Jeff Tweedy, Saba and Vagabon also on the bill) and The Flaming Lips closing out Sunday (after Girlpool, Hop Along, Yo La Tengo and more). Tickets to the event on Governors Island in New York City also beer samples from the likes of Austin Eastciders, Bronx Brewery, LIC Beer Project, Ommegang Brewery and more.
Governors Island has seen a mix of two-day music festivals over the past few years, but OctFest stands out because of the minds behind it and the mix of top notch music and beer. The artists a big for such an intimate venue and the curated food program and 90+ breweries from more than 15 countries around the world are certainly not an after thought. Prices are slightly expensive, at $75 for a single day and $140 for a weekend pass (which includes 15 beer samples per day), but the festival is currently offering a 30% discount on all tickets using code P4K30 until September 7.
We didn’t attend OctFest 2017, which took place for one-day instead of two and was at the less-than-ideal Brooklyn Hangar in Sunset Park, which is hard to get to and can get uncomfortably hot and crowded. Guided by Voices, Kilo Kish, Okkervil River led the music lineup last year, and bringing in bigger, more diverse names was clearly a focus for 2018. We especially love Sunday’s bill, which feels like a miniature version of Chicago’s Pitchfork Festival. Julie Byrne and Shopping will shred early in the day, and then things will get groovy and trippy as Nile Rogers & Chic, Yo La Tengo and The Flaming Lips close things out.
Both days have two-stages set up, which hopefully will mean less downtime between acts. At other festivals we’ve been to on Governors Island, the single stage on a fairly small festival ground have meant 30-minute set changes with few options of things to do. OctFest is smart to alternate sets between two stages.
OctFest tickets are on sale now at OctFest.co.