Thursday, 8 November 2012

Preview: Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival 2012

After what feel like months of indecisive behaviour, I've decided to check out this year's Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival. It's on this weekend (November 9th and 10th) in five venues around Williamsburg and looks like it's going to either be the best time ever or a total shit-show of lining up to get into said venues.

Promoters Mean Red Productions released the full schedule earlier today via their Facebook page. As far as I know tickets are still available for both days, and a few venues have agreed to lower their age limits to 18 + (yup, feeling pretty good about not going to those shows but this is the time for teenagers to rage).

I've found that urban festivals depend more on the promoting team's organization than anything else (ahem, Bloc 2012) so Mean Red will have their work cut out for them. They're behind this two-day extravaganza of glitch-pop and post-whatever dance music, running the event in its fifth year. Given grad school commitments I'll only be going on Saturday, primarily to catch xxyyxx and Baths at Glasslands Gallery. I'm pretty hugely excited about seeing them both in one night.

Friday festival highlights include Brenmar, Jackmaster and Gold Panda (highly recommend his live show - he puts in so much energy for a dude-behind-laptop setup). On Saturday the clash between Nicolas Jaar, Shlohmo and Baths will likely break the  most hearts. I'd be keen to check out Pearson Sound's late set at Cameo too.

As is always the case with these kinds of events (anyone who's been to the Great Escape in Brighton, Bristol's Simple Things Festival or Camden Crawl in London knows) getting there early matters. If you've already got a ticket, click here for info on where to pick it up.

Then come find me partying in (the line at) Glasslands. I've made a little Spotify playlist of acts I'm most interested in  too.

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