NYC’s Top 10 Outdoor Music Venues

Outdoor Music Venues

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Gowanus Grove: After being forced out due to liquor license and crowding issues last summer, the Mister Saturday Night/Sunday Best duo of Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter will return to the old BKLYN Yard. A bumper crop of electronic music talent (Four Tet, Moodymann and Todd Terje) will join them at the Mister Sunday dance parties.
Rumsey Playground: Florence and the Machine, Reggie Watts and Ratatat help comprise the diverse roster of acts headlining Central Park Summerstage, one of the city's biggest al fresco stages.
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McCarren Park: The storied pool parties won't be returning, but the Northside Festival will stage tentpole concerts from Beirut, Wavves and Guided By Voices at the nearby softball courts.
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Pier 54: The indie buzz trifecta of Tune Yards, Metronomy and Deer Tick perform in the middle of the Hudson as part of the River Rocks series.
The Great Lawn: In addition to July 4 fireworks viewing, Central Park's prime real estate will host free performances highbrow and low from the New York Philharmonic and, on June 9, the Black Eyed Peas.
The Beach At Governors Island: Free shows won't be returning to this recently refurbished island in the middle of New York Harbor. But the Governors Ball (featuring Girl Talk, Big Boi and Pretty Lights) and Dave Matthews Band Caravan (featuring DMB, The Roots and Gogol Bordello) will keep the music going.
P.S. 1: The Warm Up lineup hasn't been announced yet, but if pasts guests (Delorean, Animal Collective, James Murphy) are any indication, the venerable weekly will get people dancing in Long Island City again.
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Prospect Park Bandshell: The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Cut Copy and Animal Collective lead this year's Celebrate Brooklyn program, whose past highlights have included The National (above) and a David Byrne freebie.
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South Street Seaport: With last year's Drake-Handson concert melee (above) a thing of the past, free concerts from Lower Dens, Weekend and The Radio Dept., as well as the Village Voice's Four Knots Festival will once again rock Pier 17.
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East River State Park: Those free Sunday indie rock bonanzas are donezo, but Sonic Youth, Coheed & Cambria, Death Cab for Cutie and Ray LaMontagne will all put on Williamsburg Waterfront shows.
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