[FESTIVAL RECAP] Elements Festival Brings Beauty and Beats to Brooklyn
Warehouse party veterans BangOn! NYC returned to Red Hook, Brooklyn for another round of Elements Music and Arts Festival last weekend. Make no mistake: though Elements Festival is only on its second year, BangOn is an age-old favorite in the east coast festival scene. We have these guys to thank for those desperately needed after-hour shows; from Mysteryland to Camp Bisco, they’ve never failed to win us over with their tastefully organized events.
A notable strength of Elements Festival was what most day festivals fall short on: a coherent vibe. Collaborating with curators like House of Yes, Vision District, and Houseworld, organizers incorporated a slew of visual and performance art to radiate their burning man-esque vibe throughout the dusty waterfront. Creators behind Elements mentioned that they wanted to improve on the attendee experience via incorporating more interactive hang out areas throughout the festival, and from our Saturday experience it was clear that they followed through. From iridescent teepees to netted jungle gyms, the grounds were transformed into a beautiful, otherworldly playground for adults.
Self-discovery is a key aspect of Elements festival. The intricate layout of the stages and installations made it easy for attendees to discover their next favorite artists or genre. The four themed stages—Water, Earth, Fire, Wind, and “Fifth Element”—housed an amalgamation of new and familiar artists that graced the lineup. Some of our favorites? Le Youth’s refreshing nu-disco at the Water stage, Opiuo’s trip-hop bass jams at the Earth Stage, and of course the trippy techno serviced by the one and only Desert Heart’s Crew at the Fifth Element warehouse.
Despite the scorching heat, BangOn managed to pull off another unforgettable event with Elements Music and Arts Festival. When it comes to innovation, no one does it quite like these guys—though this year’s would be a tough one to top, there’s no doubt Elements will return next year with yet another set of novel experiences we’ll be raving about
Photos by Larissa Lai