It's full steam ahead for The MTK: Music To Know Festival's debut in East Hampton this summer.
After months of work on permits and back-and-forth with various governing bodies, organizers finalized plans Tuesday for hot indie-rockers Vampire Weekend and Bright Eyes to headline the inaugural festival at East Hampton Airport on Aug. 13 and 14.
"We are excited to bring this collection of artists together in our community, and hope this is the first of many annual events," said co-founder Chris Jones in a statement. A festival spokeswoman said promoters had secured permits for two sites -- the Ocean View Farm in Amagansett and the East Hampton Airport -- and had decided to hold the festival at the airport after receiving FAA approval.
Festival organizers have teamed with Downtown Music, the hip, hit-making home of Gnarls Barkley, and taste-making website RCRDLBL for the festival. Downtown and RCRDLBL chief executive Josh Deutsch helped curate the lineup, which includes Matt & Kim, Ra Ra Riot, M. Ward and the Tom Tom Club, and added in some of the label's acts, including Cold War Kids.
"Downtown and RCRDLBL are pleased to partner with the MTK team to curate such an incredible lineup, featuring some of today's most exciting and innovative artists," Deutsch said.
"And we are especially excited to bring the event to such a unique and special place as the Hamptons."
Two-day passes went on sale Tuesday for $195 at the festival's website, musictoknow.com.
Organizers said they will give about $100,000 of the proceeds to local charities before the concert.
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