New York City is about to once again be devoured by one of the world's largest music showcases, and it must be used to it by now. For nearly 30 years, the CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival has been an important springboard for all genres of superstars-to-be, and this year's event forecasts an assembly of over 1,300 artists with an audience surpassing 120,000.
This year's festival is booked for Oct. 20-24, and CMJ has announced the first wave of performing artists. The roster includes the electronic prowess of Bradford Cox's Atlas Sound, the kinetic jams of the Crystal Antlers, the punchy sound of Malajube and a bulky hodgepodge of other featured artists.
The Music Marathon & Film Festival blankets 75 venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn with over 1,000 live performances every year. Aside from the musical downpour, the event will also include film screenings, Q&A sessions and panel discussions with assorted cultural and political figures.
As a gateway to the limelight, the Music Marathon boasts a resume of Crystal Castles ('08), the Shins ('06), Arcade Fire ('04), The Killers ('03), Wilco ('96), the Beastie Boys ('85) and R.E.M. ('83).
Here is the first batch of 2009's performers.
School of Seven Bells
Zac Brown Band
The Budos Band
The Very Best
The Temper Trap
Portugal. The Man
Cymbals Eat Guitars
There are only more to come in the upcoming weeks via CMJ.com. There, you can also find event information, learn about discount badge registration and more.
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