Photo: Bassnectar thrills with a heavy and relentless set. (@ajrphotos)
On Saturday morning, lightning ripped through the sky as thunderous claps echoed in response. Later that night, BangOn!NYC attendees experienced different kinds of lights and applause.
The fifth annual Elements Music & Arts Festival may have started off sopping, but even mother nature couldn’t stop the party. BangOn!NYC’s beloved hometown festival returned to its new home in Hunts Point, BX on August 11th, bringing with it four stages and by far their most high profile headliner to date: Bassnectar. While some long time fans criticized the big name booking, there was no denying that the high profile addition introduced newcomers to the Brooklyn-based party squad’s 20+ year legacy. When the Earth Stage finally opened up in the early evening, “bassheads” (the self-proclaimed title adopted by Bassnectar’s most devout followers) lined up in anticipation. Acts like Philly’s Subtronics and Portland’s Emancipator kept things heady on the main stage, but inside the NY Expo Center‘s oversized warehouse was a typical house party with a groovy soundtrack provided by BangOn!NYC residents Dirty Looks and The Golden Pony. Later that evening, LA-based deep house producer SNBRN and South African live electronic duo Goldfish kept us warm with their defiantly sun drenched beats.
Moving the Water Stage inside was one of many last-minute changes production was forced to make in wake of the storms, but to most of the partygoers it hardly seemed to matter. The Dirtybird Players and their loyal fans opted to get wet at the fire stage, and fans of more playa-inspired acts like Mandrake and Lost Desert kept open minds at the Air Stage. Production and art installations were pared down considerably compared to years prior (either due to weather or to put a focus on Bassnectar – it was honestly hard to tell), but BangOn!NYC delivered a damn fine dance party none the less. One note to the organizers – let’s try to figure out a better VIP bar/bathroom situation next year. Every area we found was completely overrun – a tough situation to handle when the crowd is this massive for sure, but there’s always room for improvement!
Who played your favorite set? Let us know in the comments!
Relive last weekend with a peek at photo selects from Andrew Rauner (@ajrphotos).
Festival goers participate in a yoga class near the Earth Stage.
Sacha Robotti keeps the Fire Stage lit.
Subtronics drops the bass at the Earth Stage.
Goldfish goes live on the Water Stage.
Mandrake keeps it easy, breezy at the Air Stage.
A robochick makes repairs inside Vortex Labs, an immersive art installation.
J. Worra has fun in the sun at the Fire Stage.