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'Sound Waves' returning to Montauk

Musician Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons. He’ll

Musician Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons. He’ll be the celebrity DJ spinning at the Sound Waves 2014 season kick-off party on Saturday, July 19. Credit: Bang the Drum

If you had attended one or more of the "Sound Waves" parties in 2013 and were hoping for its return, get ready -- the poolside, celebrity DJ-driven bash will kick off its 2014 season on Saturday, July 19 – but this time it’s trading its former lido for a slightly larger body of water, namely the Atlantic Ocean.

Last year, the Waves soirees took place in the courtyard of the Montauk Beach House (55 South Elmwood Ave., 631-668-2112), and it was a scene marked by fashion shows, people mingling in the resort hotel’s large pool and dancing on daybeds, enjoying bottle service and dining while such notable musicians as Vince Clarke (of Depeche Mode, Yaz and Erasure), Questlove (of The Roots, the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon), Andy Rourke (The Smiths) and Roger Taylor (Duran Duran) served as one-time-only DJs – and there was no cover charge or ticket purchase required. However, while that plan of action has stayed intact, Sound Waves has moved out to the seaside Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa (290 Old Montauk Hwy., 631-668-2345), giving this year’s patrons ocean beach access and the ability to explore Gurney’s amenities (which include a spa, seawater pool and restaurant).

Otherwise, not much else is changing, as Sound Waves will once again be a weekly series, running Saturdays from 2 to 7 p.m. until Labor Day weekend. It will also remain an opportunity to see well known musicians work as DJs – a point that is to be demonstrated at the opening party on Saturday as the main event will be a mix session from Ben Lovett, a member of the Grammy Award winning band Mumford & Sons (scoring “Album of the Year,” 2013). In addition, DJs Vikas Sapra and Paul Adams will be on hand to spin, while fashion designer Charlotte Ronson will make a special presentation.

Once again, there is no cover charge, but anyone looking to attend must RSVP via For more information, visit or email

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