Siren Music Festival Yanked From Coney Island

A photo from Siren Festival 2009, by Saucy Salad via Flickr.

The hits just keep on coming, for lovers of Southern Brooklyn’s music scene.

Still reeling from last month’s abandonment of the Seaside Summer Concert Series from Asser Levy Seaside Park after 32 years, Southern Brooklynites were smacked with a double whammy this week with the news that the decade-old Siren Festival is abandoning its longtime roots in Coney Island for a venue across the Hudson at the South Street Seaport, as reported by the Brooklyn Paper.

Adding insult to injury, the festival’s very cool rock ’n roll-sounding name has been changed to the deeply weird and BDSM-sounding “4Knots Music Festival” (Bueller?), with insensitive jerkoffs concert organizers on the Village Voice’s website suggesting we get over the loss and “Embrace change!”

So with Coney’s once vivacious music scene evaporating piece by piece before our eyes, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus calling it quits in Coney after just a scant two years on the boardwalk, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers threatening to yank its North Atlantic Division headquarters from the Fort Hamilton Army Base, we can’t help but wonder — is it our breath or something?

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