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FOLD Festival kicks off with Pharell, Beck at Martha Clara Tuesday

Credit: Courtesy FOLD Festival

Superstar music acts Beck, Pharrell Williams, Duran Duran and others will light up the North Fork during the two-day FOLD (Freak Out Let’s Dance) Festival this week.

The all-star event will be presented at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead on Tuesday, Aug. 4, and Wednesday, Aug. 5, by Nile Rodgers Productions, which held a similar star-studded event at the vineyard in 2013.   

The name of the festival comes from two of the biggest songs produced by Mr. Rodgers — “Freak Out,” a 1978 hit by his band Chic, and “Let’s Dance,” recorded by David Bowie in 1983.    “I do festivals all the time and people told me they had never had a more pleasant time ever than on the North Fork — and I’m talking big-name agencies,” Mr. Rodgers, a Westport, Conn., resident who frequently boats to the North Fork told us last month. “The local food, the people, everything, so I thought to myself, Nile, let me build this and get it right.”   

For some of the artists, the FOLD Festival will be their only stateside performance this season and for others its their first live show of 2015. For instance, it will be Mr. Williams’ only U.S. appearance this summer, sandwiched between a European tour and concerts in Asia and South Africa.   

And if that doesn’t convince you that this will be the East End’s premiere concert of the season, it will also be the first time the two most recent Grammy of the Year award-winning artists will perform together. Mr. Williams and Daft Punk won the award in 2014 for the Rodgers-produced album “Get Lucky” and Beck won in 2015 for his ninth studio album “Morning Phase.”

Organizers expect 10,000 ticket holders to attend the concert both days.
The FOLD (Freak Out Let’s Dance) Festival runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 4 and 5, at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead. Tickets prices range from $137 for general admission to $999 for Ultra VIP. For concert information and to purchase tickets, visit foldfestival.com .

Following each day of the concert, an after party will be held at the Suffolk Theater on East Main Street in Riverhead. That party will run until 4 a.m. Tickets are $49. To purchase or get more information, visit suffolktheater.com   or call 631-727-4343.


Both nights are hosted by Chic featuring Nile Rodgers


Pharrell Williams
Keith Urban
Chuck D
Eric B
Thomas Gold
Paloma Faith
The Martinez Brothers


Duran Duran
Chaka Khan
Janelle Monáe
Melle Mel
Q-Tip (DJ Set)
Snoh Aalegra

More acts to be announced.

[Photo Credit: Courtesy FOLD Festival]

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