For its fifth installment, BangOn! Elements NYC Music & Arts Festival had its most diverse lineup ever, which led the flock of bassheads and househeads together for this day event that took place on August 11th. With a fabricating world unlike anything, attendees have seen before filled with emerging technology, interactive performers, and immersive art.
Breaking boundaries through music and art, Elements NYC curated an innovative experience with 'Art of the Future' showcasing installations and technology-driven pieces from 14 artists. Marpi presented a take on interactive, large-scale projection mapping using Kinect (a line of motion sensing devices), while photographer Jarid Blue will use human bodies as his canvas to project digital imagery. Utilizing mixed media, Justin Wood will combine projections with mirrors and fog, and LED sculptures by Orbism will pulse to attendees heartbeats. Rhizome will showcase stunning projection mapping using CNC design creating incredible textures and depth, meanwhile, Seth Hosko & Dan Ragan will treat festival goers to an immersive audio and video sound experience. Other notable installations include a sensor-based infinity mirror that responds to one’s presence by Brendan Burke, a sculpture by Vicki Lam using mixed media technology that combines projections with UV light and water, “Salix Vivifica,” a weeping willow by Dom Romaniello & Rachel Smucker that uses sensor-based misters, and “Whispers in the Grove” a collection of LEDs and sensors that respond to sound by Mirabai Howard-Geoghan, Kathy Creutzburg, and Natalia Lesniak.
Even though the weather wasn’t the greatest for this Elements-NYC Festival because it rained for the first half of the day which caused a brief closing of the MainStage, however, the weather did hold up for the closing acts of the night. With year’s lineup being the most diverse lineup ever bringing a total of 32 acts, it was obvious that there would be a more different crowd than previous years. Divided into five unique themed stages EARTH stage which was outside getting the full scenery of the Bronx, WATER stage which was held in a giant warehouse, FIRE stage was by the entrance of the festival, and AIR stage which was right outside the massive warehouse. Each craftily created in detailed and perfectly categorized each act to its stage.
When you first arrive you are greeted by the extremely warm and friendly staff, trying their best to speed up the line as quick as possible which in the end the succeed tremendously. When inside the festival, you are immersed in vibrant art, immediately there are clown-like performers dancing through the crowd. The beginning of Elements-NYC was wild and wet but it didn’t stop attendees from going ham and headbanging in the mud together at the EARTH stage with musical acts from IMAGINED HERBAL FLOWS, DESERT DWELLERS, EMANCIPATOR, SUBTRONICS, and BASSNECTAR to close. At the AIR stage had acts such as DIRTY LOOKS, HIYAWATHA, JERGO, MICKEY PEREZ, MR. JENNINGS, MANDRAKE, ELI LIGHT, DANCE SPIRIT (LIVE), and LOST DESERT. The FIRE stage was lit from Dirtybird Players which included SAM BLACKY, BRUNO FURLAN, SAGE ARMSTRONG, J. WORRA, SACHA ROBOTTI, and JUSTIN JAY. The WATER stage had SNAKEHIPS, THE GOLDEN PONY, KURTIS BLOW, JADE CICADA, SNBRN, and GOLDFISH.
Walking around exploring the festival grounds, smelling the delicious food trucks with watering mouth had to try the food. Then it was time for Goldfish at the WATER stage, between securing the perfect viewing spot and their set it was one of the best at Elements-NYC. Just recently seeing them at another festival earlier this summer, Goldfish played an exquisite set with their animated personalities and live musical instruments.
Then it was time for what the moment everyone has been waiting for Bassnectar. Everyone flocked over to the EARTH stage to see the one act that most people only attended Elements for. When walking towards the stage the rest of the festival was deserted, and the EARTH stage was packed. There was a giant mud pool in the middle of the crowd where some people headbanged. The entire set was driven by hard-hitting basslines towards the end of the set he thanked New York for being a beautiful city. The trees and the buildings that surrounded us light up from Bassnectar's visuals it was another perfect set by Bassnectar. After his epic set, it was time to explore, it was unfortunate that most of the interactive art installations were gone, however, I was able to see the visual arts and the trippy web cube. Looking up at the sky then seeing fire dancers hovering above the festival, fire blowing and hula-hoop it was a spectacular site to see.
After my interview with Sacha Robotti, we then went to go check out Justin Jay’s set at the FIRE stage, able to walk to backstage we saw him play favorite tracks such as Time, and a new remix. When he finished we then greeted friends and fans because he is so humble. All of the dedicated Dirtybird fans flocked together witnessing all the players give their ultimate sets.
Once again Elements-NYC had another successful year with fire dancers, performers, interactive art and memorable sets that will be cherished for a lifetime. See everyone next at Elements Music and Arts Festival in Lakewood and New York!