New York’s Knitting Factory is hosting a multi-day event to honor its 30th anniversary. The Knitting Factory, which previously existed in Bowery and Tribeca, has curated five nights of live music at the Brooklyn venue from Nov. 13-19 with more events to be announced. A second wave of announcements is expected in early October.
According to the venue, Knit Ball 2017 is the celebration of 30 years of music, food and style. Since its debut in 1987, the Knitting Factory has expanded from a single venue to a record label, artist management, consultant, and national concert promoter. The weeklong event is a recognition of everything the company has accomplished in its history and what is still to come.
“What I am really excited about this year is that we have bands that are well over the size of the Knitting Factory,” Knitting Factory Brooklyn’s talent buyer James Irvine told Amplify. “Bands that usually do over 1,000 tickets are playing our 325-cap room. It’s great to have bands that are excited to come back to a smaller room and pack it.”
As of now, Knit Ball is set to begin on Oct. 14 with post-rockers This Will Destroy You and Sannhet then include indie artists We Are Scientists, Jukebox the Ghost, and JSMN. The final scheduled night will feature hardcore band Nails.
“We’ve been curating a lot of metal at the venue and Nails is one of the heaviest and most aggressive hardcore bands you’ll ever hear,” Irvine said. “This whole lineup represents the different angles we have taken with booking this year. We’re trying to not to be typecast for one genre. We do a little bit of everything.”
The original Knitting Factory opened in 1987 on Houston St, relocated to Tribeca in 1994, and landed at its current Williamsburg location in 2009. Throughout the years, Knitting Factory has added venues across the United States, put on festivals, and acquired a stake in Los Angeles promoter Spaceland Presents.
“A lot of our success comes from the top down. Great leadership and guidance and a really good game plan of how we attack each individual market and venue,” said Irvine. “A lot of it is doing things the right way and taking no shortcuts. It’s about being very responsive and respectful to everyone we work with and providing bands and fans a great experience when they come to a concert.”
The currently scheduled shows go on sale Friday (Sept. 8) at 12pm EDT with tickets available for individual nights. Fans can also purchase a week-long pass that will grant them access to the five announced performances, plus the additional shows being revealed in October.
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