The CMJ Music Marathon was first conceived in 1980 as a way for industry professionals to get exposure to college radio bands. The festival is headquartered in NYU's Greenwich Village Campus at 75 different night clubs. Former artists to appear at the festival include U2, Nirvana, Green Day, Hot Chip, Arcade Fire, We Are Scientists and M.I.A. There is also a film festival that runs adjacent to the music festival boasting showings of movies such as Kids, Swingers, Fight Club, Hedwig and the Angry Itch and Boogie Nights.
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