BangOn!NYC Announces Lakewood Camping Festival

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Big news came last week for fans of underground scenestarters, BangOn!NYC. The legendary party crew, who have become famous for their immersive, large-scale warehouse parties (and a more recent House of Yes-based “Sessions” series), dropped an eclectic and enticing lineup for their first ever multi-day camping festival.

The first installment of Lakewood Camping Festival is being marketed as a regional offshoot of the Elements Arts and Music Festival, which has called Brooklyn home for the past two years. Despite sweltering temperatures, thousands made the trek to Red Hook last August to see sets from big names like electro-funk producer Gramatik and the blue-haired genre bender herself, Mija. Lakewood promises an even cooler vibe, as it’s set to take place over Memorial Day weekend in an unnamed location in northeast Pennsylvania.

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This “Day Zero” Jungle Party Looks Insane

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BK club favorite Damien Lazarus at Day Zero 2016 (Photo Credit: Here & Now, instagram: @wearehereandnow)

If you’re a fan of techno visionary Damian Lazarus, then you already know he played a three-hour set at Output earlier this month. The sound was impressive thanks to the Funktion One sound system, the vibes were chill because the club recently expanded their dance floor, and the average attendee was okay with spending $14 on a mixed well drink. I mean, come on, what did you expect? This is Brooklyn.

When you caught the Crosstown Rebels labelhead at Williamsburg’s best club, you were seeing him in an environment that was familiar. In fact, the most unusual thing that happened to us that night was scoring an Uber home for less than $20 (NOICE). New York attracts artists from all over the world, but in terms of atmosphere, what you see is typically what you get. It takes an adventurous spirit and an open mind to venture past these convenient venues to see DJs like Lazarus in their best environment (and Billboard touting his legendary event as “the best party in the world” certainly doesn’t hurt either.)

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From Brooklyn to BPM: The Design Behind All Day I Dream

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In less than two weeks, the 10th Anniversary of The BPM Festival will descend on the lively city of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. *Sips excitedly from salt-rimmed margarita glass.* The annual event welcomes more than 375 of house and techno’s biggest names, and a collection of 60,000 music lovers who come from near and far to celebrate the scene’s best and brightest.

So what does this south of the border shindig have in common with our fair borough? Aside from fast tacos on every corner, many of the featured artists have close ties to Brooklyn, and one highly anticipated Martina Beach party in particular had its humble beginnings here. Once again, Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream of BPM tops the list of #BPM2017’s “must see showcases”. The acid house DJ who has been credited with launching Hong Kong’s underground club scene in the 1990s has become a household name among neighborhood scenesters thanks to his experimental beats and sun drenched day parties.

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Check Out Wolf + Lamb’s #BPM2017 Podcast

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It’s time to trade in snow flurries for sandals with this especially sunny edition of The BPM Festival Podcast featuring Brooklyn-based house duo, Wolf + Lamb. These borough natives will be making the trek to sunny Playa Del Carmen to play The BPM Festival’s 10th Anniversary on Monday, January 9th.

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See Moon Boots at Output!

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In need of a little post-Holiday decompression? We here at FREEwilliamsburg understand how hard it is to bake a ham, fake smile through annual ugly sweater photoshoots and spend time in the presence of small children. Are your shoulders already up to your ears? We thought that might be the case . . .

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tix to BangOn!NYC’s NYE Time+Space Party

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If you’re looking for a NYE party where space-themed attire is not only welcome, but encouraged, you’ve come to the right place. Ditch the black tie garb and ring in 2017 with a BangOn!NYC soiree that’s sure to be out-of-this-world. In what has become their annual tradition, you can expect this year’s edition of Time+Space to showcase the best of BangOn!NYC’s over-the-top production featuring high-flying aerialists, dancing moon men, body painting stations Burning Man style art cars, a silent disco and a main stage lineup headed by tropical house hunk, Thomas Jack. With beats this bubbly, you’ll hardly remember it’s cold as balls outside.

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Nine NYC Acts to Catch At The BPM Festival

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By Megan Venzin and Sean Roper

The harsh reality of the impending presidency still has us bummin’, but despite the inevitable shitstorm, there is one reason we here at FREEwilliamsburg are stoked AF for the new year. That reason is the return of The BPM Festival, a 10-day house and techno event, which pulses through Playa Del Carmen every January. The recent lineup and showcase announcements have served as a salt-rimmed beacon of light during these gloomy times. Here’s the deal: nothing’s thwarting our Mexico-bound party plans. (screw your “wall”, douche lord).

New Yorkers will account for a small percentage of the more than 60,000 attendees expected to hit the 10-year-anniversary, which will take place January 6th – 15th. However, the Phase 1 lineup is overflowing with local talent. From legends who have shaped New York City nightlife into what we know today to fresh new collectives, here are nine acts that have us packing our bags enthusiastically as we look forward to better times and sunnier skies.

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Electric Zoo Interview: Gone Goldfishin’

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Photo by Ross Hillier

After a rare performance at Webster Hall in March, New York had the special pleasure of hosting Goldfish this year at Electric Zoo on Randall’s Island. While members David Poole and Dominic Peters often find themselves performing in these environments, they admit it’s not really their scene on a typical day off in the City.

“We always end up at the Village Vanguard listening to Jazz,” says Peters. “There is such a rich heritage of Jazz in New York City with some amazing history and venues. All of the best guys in the world are always playing here, and we generally gravitate towards that.”

This might sound surprising, until you learn more about the two jokesters, who refer to themselves not as producers, but rather as “musicians who are coming into dance music”. Poole and Peters each share a long love affair with music, which started when they were just children growing up in South Africa, long before they would eventually meet while studying at University of Cape Town. “Dave and I both started playing when we were six years old,” Peters says. “Dave started on the violin, but we are both multi-instrumentalists.”

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