No matter who you are or where you're from, you cherish the memories of your favorite music festival. Those sentiments of fun and joy get us through tough days and long weeks. For us, many of these memories are of TomorrrowWorld; a curious place where extraordinary installations. talented acrobats, fire breathing fish, and out-of-this-world stage production meld together to create an immersive party playground. Premier production company ID&T combines all that with a well organized camping experience, made to feel more like a community than a campsite.
After a 14 year run at Baltimore’s Fort Armistead Park, Starscape Festival announced that they would not be returning after their final event in 2012. As the laments of the vibrant DC/Baltimore scene poured in, local promotions powerhouse Steez Promo revealed plans for an all-day festival dubbed ‘Moonrise Festival’ to replace it in the summer of 2013. Sadly, permit problems for the proposed venue in Federal Hill lead to the last minute cancellation of the festival in it’s very first year, forcing promoters to refund tickets and apologize to disgruntled fans. We were pleasantly surprised to see Steez join forces with Club Glow this year to bring us a much larger and better planned Moonrise.
This year’s camping music festival season was marred by the loss of Camp Bisco and it’s lackluster replacement, The Hudson Project. After starting off the year strong with Counterpoint and Mysteryland, we were itching to wrap up the season with another solid camping festival. Enter the summer underdog, Big Dub Festival. Taking place over 4 days, this mountaintop party is the flagship event of BADASS Raves, a fast growing production company hailing from the Baltimore/Washington area.
That's no typo, we're calling this a party birthday because this was first and foremost A FVCKING PARTY! Most active ravers at least know of the legendary cruise Holy Ship, but only a select few know of SHIPFAM. This lovable crew of respectable misfits have been attending Holy Ship annually since it's inception and come with lots of advice and colloquial expressions. We first came into contact with members of SHIPFAM while we were covering L4LM’s Brooklyn Spa parties this winter. Luckily, after 3 years of trying, we secured a spot aboard Holy Ship’s upcoming February voyage. Once prebooked, we were given access to their private Facebook group, where we stumbled upon Emily Morin’s original post about her idea to book a ferry boat on Lake Champlain for her birthday party. Taking no more than a few glances at her profile and hilarious Holy Ship photos, almost all of which involved pineapple, we thought “YES! This has to happen!” and immediately pre-paid her for our tickets.
Selling out in mere hours every year, the two-day Bassnectar weekend at Red Rocks Amphitheater each summer has attracted fans from around the country for 4 years running. Making the pilgrimage to Denver for the chance to experience one of Lorin Ashton’s unique sets in such a spiritual and natural setting was an incredible opportunity we couldn’t refuse, so we headed out to Morrison, Colorado to live out the dream ourselves.
Mysteryland, the longest running Electronic Dance Music festival in the world, hosted its first event on US soil Memorial Day weekend at the legendary Bethel Woods camp grounds in New York; home of the original '69 Woodstock Festival. The echoing sentiments of peace, love, and unity brought good vibes and positive spirits to campers, regardless of early temperamental weather.
NUTS & BOLTS
2nd Counterpoint Music Festival
Hosted by MCP Presents (Bisco, Lights All Night, Hudson Project)
NEW Venue - Kingston Downs, GA
NEW Season - April 25th-27th.
With the seemingly endless supply of music festivals to attend nationwide this summer, we did some research and narrowed it down to the three NEW festivals you should be considering adding to your circuit this year! Here are the three we’re MOST excited to experience the inaugural year of: Mysteryland, The Hudson Project, and Mad Decent BOAT Party. Check out our 'Nuts and Bolts' infographic comparing these newcomers, and let us know if you'll be joining us out at any of them!
Okay so we decided to hit Dubfire at Sankeys NYC. It was our first time there and we had no idea what to expect. We spent a few hours trying to figure out if there was a dress code and how to get there and the normal pre-show anxiety. We showe up around 11 and walked through a few corridors, passed by coat check, and wound up in heaven on earth(if you like it raw that is).
The downstairs dance floor was covered in graffiti and they were were some disturbingly good deep house being spun. This place was unfair…just unfairly unfair unfairness. There was a bar on the far end and some speakers right next to it that you could literally crawl into. It was such a blessing from the hustle and bustle and political correctness society. This place was completely void of real life. Stayed there for a bit just figuring out the vibes of the place and not realizing there were stairs that lead up to the main floor. We made our way upstairs after about 20 minutes.
Traditionally slated as one of the least favorite nights of the week and marking the end of #PartyTime, Sunday has been given a fresh new face as THE night to look forward to over the past few weeks. Live for Live Music’s new bi-monthly spa parties dubbed ‘When in Robe’ have been steaming up Clinton Hill’s Body By Brooklyn spa for two months so far, and with each installation the crowd is growing and the vibe is getting better and better. Originally a response to the ‘post-festival blues’ that Holy Ship and Jamcruise #SHIPFAM were experiencing this winter after returning from incredible music-filled cruises, When in Robe is now giving everyone here in NYC a chance to trade in earmuffs and parkas for robes and swimwear.