Elements Music & Art Festival Brings Unique Mix of Artists And Attractions To NYC
Earlier this month, thousands of people descended upon the Bronx for Elements Music & Art Festival. Over the last few years, Elements has become one of New York’s premiere music events, combining the top notch names and attractions of a larger festival with the friendliness and intimacy of a smaller one.
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This year marked a big transition for Elements, with festival organizers BangOn!NYC expanding the festival from one day to two, as well as adding a brand new Elements Festival in Lakewood, PA over Memorial Day weekend. Additionally, the festival moved from its previous home in Red Hook, Brooklyn, up to a larger space in Hunts Point, the Bronx. They maintained the industrial vibe of the event, utilizing warehouses and silos to provide a truly unique event along the New York waterfront.
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Over the course of the two days, fans were treated to an incredible array of artists. Saturday brought amazing sets from two local NYC duos, The Knocks and The Golden Pony, the latter of which is comprised of BangOn!NYC’s organizers. Bakermat and STeLOUSE absolutely crushed their sets, and headliner GRiZ had a set filled with upbeat future funk with some beautiful, mellow saxophone solos mixed in.
Sunday was equally filled with great music, ranging from Fleetwood Mac tribute Fleetmac Wood to the outer space hip hop vibes of Barclay Crenshaw (more commonly known ’round these parts as Claude Von Stroke). Flying Lotus treated us to a memorable and artistic set, followed by festival closers Zeds Dead, who brought a delightful range of originals and crowd favorites from other artists.
The music was hardly the only attraction at Elements, however. Each stage was a visual treat in and of itself, with 5 element-themed venues (Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and Fifth Element – which had a space ship as the DJ table). There was a healing garden with yoga and meditation, carnival games, and art installations. The silo behind the Fire stage hosted roller skating, while the room next to the Earth stage held a massive thunderdome, home to fire breathing performances as well as harnesses you could strap into and battle a friend using foam swords. If you got tired, there were plenty of grassy areas to sit on and look out at the water, lots of delicious food vendors to help recharge your energy, and tons of friendly people to talk to.
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I’ve been attending Elements for three years now, and each year gets better than the last. As Sunday night wound down, it was hard to leave the festival grounds as I truly felt like I was on a vacation within my home city. If you’re from NYC, you know that BangOn!NYC hosts several parties throughout the year, each one filled with amazing dance music and unique attractions such as a slip n’ slide, silent disco, and more. They are seasoned party planners and it shows in every event they host, but particularly in Elements, which is always seamless and so much fun. If you missed this year’s event, at least you have a few opportunities to check out a different BangOn! event before next summer rolls around.
Photo Credit: Jim Simonetti
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