Indie rock legends play West Side
by Chase Collum
Aug 13, 2014 | 648 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In the latest of a series of summer concerts, the West Side Tennis Club brought out all the stops to host indie legends Modest Mouse and the hard-rocking Brand New.

The stadium was packed full of avid fans rocking, swaying and singing along to the songs they knew so well throughout both bands’ lengthy sets. During Brand New, several concertgoers could be seen crowd surfing up to the stage where a line of yellow-clad security personnel gave them a smile and a lift before directing them to return to the crowd.

While there have been complaints of crowd issues and lack of bathrooms at the venue during live music events in the recent past, it seemed the venue has been able to work out those kinks because there were nothing but happy faces in the crowd on Saturday night.

Beyond the music, what was most notable at the concert was the combination of big-venue perks and intimate venue feel. Whereas most stadiums are massive and impersonal, the Forest Hills tennis stadium provides the full-bodied concert experience without all the downsides.

Instead of being packed into a stuffy, dark stadium with squeaky seats and sticky floors, the WSTC’s open-air format allows fans to breathe freely.

And after Modest Mouse rocked the stage, there seemed to be little trouble from the crowd after the concert. For a short while concert goers mulled around Station Square, but officers from the 112th Precinct reported no trouble when they asked the euphoric bunches to move on.

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