CBGB, the legendary Manhattan punk club which shuttered its doors in 2006, will revive its presence in New York with the inaugural CBGB Music and Film Festival on July 4-8, 2012. There’s a frustratingly small amount of information on the official CBGB website, but the page inviting bands to apply for a lineup slot brings a little more info to light.
It appears the CBGB Festival will take the format of something like Noise Pop or SXSW: a multi-day, citywide party with a bunch of concerts, parties and panels happening simultaneously:
The CBGB Festival is a five day celebratory showcase of music, film, distilled spirits and learning. From The Bowery and the Lower East Side to the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, join them as they turn it up as loud as it will go this year during the 4th of July holiday week. July 4-8, 2012: Named for the greatest rock-n-roll venue in the world; they proudly introduce the first Annual CBGB Festival. Experience four energy-fueled days & nights of music, rock-n-roll films, insider-industry workshops, and intimate storytelling; all LIVE, all in New York City. CBGB has defined music and culture for generations of people around the world. Universally recognized as the birthplace of punk, CBGB continues to define new music and popular culture by fostering live performances & personal expression from artists around the city and across the globe.
The CBGB Festival will produce one of New York’s largest and most energetic music events in recent history . Rounding out the festival will be hundreds of performances, showcase concerts and music themed filmed parties & events in all five boros of NYC with a special focus on the Lower East Side & Brooklyn.
Attendees of the CBGB Festival will have a rare opportunity to showcase their creative talents to the numerous music fans from around the globe inclusive of leading record executives, award winning producers, managers, agents and globally published media. CBGB has always believed in supporting live music and new talent. The CBGB Festival aims to continue this tradition for many years to come.
Sounds like press release speak for “there’s gonna be a ton of sh*t going on, y’all.”
We’ll keep you when more information comes to light. Meanwhile, brush up on your music history with the CBGB: The Roots of Punk documentary – you can watch the whole thing by jumping through YouTube’s related videos.