The Sonic Jungle is Brooklyn’s New “Cultural Oasis”

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I’ve been wondering when the day would come where I could find reiki treatments and electronic music under one roof, and finally, my new-age prayers have been answered! (Okay, truthfully, I never imagined I’d find this combo, and now that I know it exists, I’m shuddering at the prospect of having to hit a dubstep show with my chakras in disarray.)

The Sonic Jungle is Brooklyn’s newest “Cultural Oasis Pop-up”. Later this month, a 44,000-square foot space located at 510 Flatbush Ave. will be transformed into a singular destination for lovers of music, visual art and wellness – and we couldn’t be more intrigued.

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Win Tickets to See Wax Motif at Output This Thursday!

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Wanna get wavy on a school night? Well, we’ve got plans for you. Australian producer Wax Motif is laying down the beats at this week’s INPUT party, and we guarantee that you’ll go deep, and you’ll get NO sleep . . . or maybe some sleep, if that’s your style. Buuuuuut, wouldn’t you rather us just craft a good excuse and take that three-day weekend you’ve been craving?

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to see the G-house pioneer in the flesh on February 9th, when his highly anticipated Retrograde Tour (with support from Denver bass producer, Wuki) makes its pineapple-clad pitstop at Williamsburg’s own Output. Wax Motif’s unique approach to production has led to collaborations with deep house diva, Anna Lunoe, and the HARD father himself, Destructo. If you’re looking to achieve Thursday night swerve, Waxy boy has got you covered.

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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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