I largely ignore the fall equinox. It conjures up images of nymphs and fairies dancing mindlessly around a fire pit. But super spectacular event producers BangOn! NYC are jumping on it with a closing-out-the-summer soiree on Saturday from 3-11pm. They’re calling it "Elements" and everyone is going. There will be earth, wind and fire installations—and an "eco-conscious approach to partying."
Nolita hotspot Lil’ Charlie’s is sponsoring, a stamp of approval for folks who rarely cross a bridge or tunnel. (That’s kind of funny as people who used to take bridges and tunnels were always thought to be the worst crowd but now Kings County is king.) "Elements" will take place at the abandoned South Red Hook Grain Terminal (699 Columbia Street, Brooklyn). It’s a ginormous space and BangOn! intends to fill it with thousands.
There will be a water stage sitting on top of a floating concrete pier replete with aquatic effects and DJs offering deep house and techno. Wind will be represented by a roving silent disco stage coming out of a 100-foot-tall grain silo. Fire will be the eclectic bass and glitch-hop and a jungle-themed decor. A pixel wall provides the background.
The space encompasses a massive 275,000 square feet and will include a giant dual-lane slide and 3D bubble room. The green scene features a recycling area, solar-powered cell phone charger stations, alternative energy sources and biodegradable cups. There will be a half-dozen buses running round trips from the Smith/9th Street F/G train and the NY Water Taxi will take you to nearby IKEA.
BangOn! NYC is an event production company which keeps producing bigger events. The last one drew 5,000 people. They hope this one will be much bigger. I caught up with one of the organizers, my pal Emily Bachman, and asked her to tell us all about it.
"We have our biggest endeavor yet coming up this Saturday, Elements. Elements is an outdoor music and art festival taking place in downtown Brooklyn on Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront and this will be our inaugural festival and our first daytime party (3pm-11pm). We have four stages set up of electronic music, one for each element as well as art installations and performances throughout the night. We also have two Burning Man Art Cars that will be onsite with a full DJ lineup taking people out to the "Deep Basin" for special dance parties and treats.
"Our main stage is the Earth Stage where we will be having Mr. Oizo headline along with Azari & III doing a DJ set and Harvard Bass. Supporting DJs include The Golden Pony, Sean Glass and Alex English. We’ve partnered with the guys behind Babel New York to curate our Water Stage where Alexi Delano is headlining. The fire stage will be headlined by Emalkay, L-vis 1990 and Funkystepz and then our Wind Stage which is the Silent Disco will have DJs going head to head all night long. We also partnered with TRIBES to curate the Art Cars and music on there includes Momus, Tinseltown and Strongbros.
"Other highlights include a dance pier/water stage, aerial and 3D video mapped performance by Anya of Lady Circus, fire performances by Future and Victor Psybotic, team Kitty Koalition doing special dance performances and art installations throughout. Ride Brooklyn has provided us with bikes as well which will be decorated and provide another fun attraction zipping around the festival grounds."
"I’m going prowling for nymphs and maybe even fairies.
"Most of our parties are in the Williamsburg area but this one will be the first event ever to be thrown at this space and we’re super excited about it. The site is an old grain mill elevator and includes a 100-foot grain elevator that we will have aerialist rappelling down and full 3D video mapping. It’s located at 699 Columbia Street, right across from Ikea down in Red Hook. We’ll be providing shuttle buses to and from the Smith St F/G train or people can take the NY Water Taxi to Ikea and it’s a short walk. We’ve also partnered with Uber to provide free rides for attendees from the festival to the after party, which will be in Williamsburg/Bushwick area… details coming soon for that."
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