There have been a few updates on the High Line Festival and its schedule over the past few days. Since the Webmaster and I just got back from being away on a weekend holiday, I’ll just give you the brief run-down.

This first one may be a little late in coming for those of you who still don’t have your High Line Festival tickets yet. The New York Post reports that most of the headline acts for the High Line Festival are sold out. Don’t let that discourage you if you still want to go and just haven’t had the cash for tickets. There are bound to be some showing up on eBay or other lesser-known ticket outlets.

Speaking of buying tickets, you’ll probably want to know the schedule. Both AM New York and the Nightlife & Music section of the New York Times have the latest schedules and pricing for the High Line Festival, as does the Times & Tickets section of the official High Line Festival website.

And that brings us up to today. The Independent published an excellent interview with the producers of the festival, David Binder and Josh Wood. Binder was inspired to create his own festival by the European art circuit, the Meltdown Festival, and London International Festival of Theatre, Lift . He also knew that David Bowie had experience curating the Meltdown Festival so two years ago he approached Bowie about the idea through a letter. Binder then had the idea of tying the festival to an area of Manhattan to give it staying power. The Friends of the High Line were embarking on their quest to save the High Line, so Binder and Wood, fascinated by the idea of a city park 3 stories above the ground, decided to associate their festival with the new High Line project.

Today’s Arts Section of the New York Times features another interview regarding the High Line Festival, this one with David Bowie himself. He amusingly quips, “I love that word ‘curate,’…One of the definitions is someone who oversees a zoo.” Despite criticism about his choices of artists for the festival, David sticks by the line-up he created, saying “The point of the festival…is not to dig out as many obscure and unknown acts as possible. It’s to put on what I would go and see. There are certain artists you just never miss; when they come into town you go and see them. That’s how I treat virtually all of the people that are on this.” Interestingly, David also comments that he has no feelings about the High Line and that he had not even been on it. (The tenuous connection between the festival and the actual park apparently continue.)

So there you have it, your one-stop shopping for the High Line news over the past few days. Only two days to go until the festival gets under way!

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