REVIEW: Brooklyn Electronic Festival 2014

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Photo: A woman prepares her dance moves for the upcoming night at Baby’s All Right on Friday, Nov. 7th.

It would appear that the rhythm finally got me, as I type this review to you in bed surrounded by tissues. That said, a head cold is a small price to pay for the music-packed weekend that this year’s BEMF delivered. Featuring more than 30 artists and 9 venues from across the electronic genre, there was truly something for everyone, and I did what I could to absorb the spectrum amidst spending time with my boyfriend who left for Vegas for a month on Sunday. (Spoiler alert: I came home around 6 AM both days, and he was pissed.) But we’re cool now, and besides, you don’t care about those details of my relationship. THIS IS ABOUT MUSIC.

For starters, I felt like the event had a certain maturity and class about it this year that I didn’t necessarily notice last year. Now, don’t get me wrong, I HAD A BLAST last year. Maybe it’s because I spent most of my time drinking tequila and smoking cigarettes at grungey, DIY venues like 285 Kent which no longer exist, or maybe it’s because I wasn’t as engulfed in the EDM scene as a whole. Whatever it was, things felt different this year, in a good way. I thought the Kinship headquarters (also a new Venue this year) was a great atmosphere in which to be welcomed to the festival. Staff was friendly, composed, and knew what they were talking about, which I’ve found is surprisingly rare at city festivals. The iPhone app was attractive and easy to navigate, and the push notifications definitely came in handy with the frequent announcements of which shows were sold out and where to find venues with free booze. Well organized pre-parties, Boiler Room events and daily Q and A panels made this event one that people will talk about for a long, long time. Bravo, guys.

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5 Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival Shows to See

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Friday marks the beginning of the annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, or #BEMF if you plan on being tech savvy this weekend. A wide array of house, trap and experimental artists are coming in from around the world to play a two-day festival taking place at various venues around Williamsburg. Having attended several EDM festivals this summer including Mysteryland, Electric Zoo, Full Moon Fest and Something Wicked, I’m particularly interested in BEMF because it gives me an excuse to see some of my favorites in intimate club settings. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE LOVE LOVE an outdoor festival and being surrounded by ridiculously stacked 20 year-old-kids as much as the next person, but there’s something very cool, calm and collected about BEMF. Just because we’re a more refined audience, doesn’t mean we can’t throw down. And on that note, lemme tell you about the shows I plan on hitting this weekend. And maybe we can have a nice, dirty martini together? Because, well, WE CAN.

Remember you can purchase a weekend pass for only $100, a day pass for $55 or just select tickets for individual shows. The full lineup and schedule is available via BEMF’s handy new app. It’s a free download at the app store, so check it out.

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BEMF 2014 Lineup Announced

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Attention Williamsburg: it’s time to dance. The 7th annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival returns to Williamsburg November 7-8 with an eclectic lineup and several new venues. This year’s venue list is a little less DIY, with nightly parties taking place at Cameo, Kinfolk, Output, Villain, Verboten, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Baby’s All Right and Glasslands. I hope that means the parties will still go until 8 AM like they did last year . . . Once again, the weekend will be curated by Katie Longmeyer of Good Peoples and Jen Lyon of MeanRed.

The weekend kicks off Thursday, Nov. 6th at 10 PM with an official Bunker pre-party at Output featuring Regeanz, Move D, Pangaea and Forma. A number of other high-profile acts will be performing throughout the course of the weekend including British House and Techno producer Eats Everything, Brooklyn DJ Chris Malinchak, , German House duo Booka Shade and many more. Whether you’re looking to soak up the best in house or seeking something experimental and ambient, you’re in good hands. BEMF’s mission is to present the best new and emerging artists from NYC and across the world.

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Ticket Giveaway: Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival This Saturday

This Saturday, the 3rd annual celebration of NYC’s electronic music landscape is back! Both Public Assembly and Music Hall of Willaimsburg will be hosting Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival with a ridiculous lineup just waiting to get you moving.

Enjoy some of our favorite bands including Javelin, BRAHMS, Class Actress, Penguin Prison, Lemonade, Treasure Fingers, Kid Sister, PUNCHES, and many many MORE! Sounds like crazy fun, huh?

Well, this year will be introducing the BEMF Café for one night only– connecting the two venues into one all out party with DJs as well as menu discounts and food packages for BEMF ticket holders.

We’ve got a pair of tickets for one lucky reader… all you have to do is comment below for a chance to win!

Grab tickets and more info here: http://www.brooklynemf.com/