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Escape To Montauk Embraces Montauk’s Chill Vibe

Originally Posted: August 10, 2012

Nicole Barylski

Guests relax while enjoying a set by DJ Albert Hammond Jr. (Photo: Nicole Barylski)

Montauk - This year with Escape to New York being held in Montauk, they went for a super chill vibe and they certainly captured the essence of Montauk. Escape founder and producer Rocco Gardner stated, "Escape to Montauk is following this model of a boutique event complete with all of the elements that made last years show such a success with all involved." The inaugural Escape to NY was held last summer at the Shinnecock Indian Nation in Southampton. According to Gardner Escape has been evolving ever since the first Escape to NY and this year they partnered with Sole East to host the boutique celebration of all things Montauk.

BP Fallon performs at Escape to Montauk. (Photo: Nicole Barylski)

The three day event featured new and emerging musical acts, art exhibits, spa and yoga activities, an outdoor film and fashion pop-up shops. The celebration begun on Friday with a performance by local Montauk band Jettykoon followed by a set from DJ Michaelangelo L'Acqua.

Saturday's events started with a relaxing yoga session on the deck with Heather Dagostino followed by a series of music performances and DJ's including DJ Twilo, BP Fallon with Aaron Lee Tasjan, Brendan O'Hara, DJ Lauren Dillard, Saul Kurtz, Left on Red, DJ Albert Hammond Jr. (the Strokes), Federico Aubele, and finished with DJ Lauren Dillard (Creep).

Escape was the perfect place to spend the day lying on a pool lounge chair, enjoying a glass of rosé from the North Fork's own Bedell Cellars while listening to music chosen by DJ Albert Hammond Jr., doesn't really get much better. Guests were treated to impromptu performances like when Brendan O'Hara joined Left on Red for a sultry remix of the Rolling Stones song I Can't Get No Satisfaction. Escape honored the 2012 London Olympics with synchronized swimming team Waterworks NYC who took to the pool to show off their acrobatic skills.

Forgot your bathing suit, not a problem, the fashion village which featured pop-up shops at Sole East where you could purchase a variety of products like bathing suits from Rica Swim or if you were feeling under accessorized you could stop by Handle Only With Love (H.O.W.L) for one of a kind jewelry or hop onto Joey Wolffer's Styleliner, the accessories boutique on wheels which carries pieces and designers from all over the world.

Escape to Montauk finished on Sunday with Sole East's famed Jazz and Bossa Nova Brunch where guests enjoyed food from Chef Larry Kolar's and live music from bossa nova duo Ludmilla and Marcello Pimenta.


Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski


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