Festivals

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival Spotlights Heavy Techno, Deep Bass For 2015



October 28th, 2015

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With a vibrant underground scene and a reputation as a musician’s haven, Brooklyn is no stranger to a hard-hitting kick drum and a packed dance floor. That’s where the Brooklyn Electronic Music Fest (BEMF) comes into play. From the first two pre-parties on November 5th through the afternoon of November 8, the weekend-long adventure through Brooklyn’s hottest venues showcases the top rising house and techno acts from across the country (and world). As one of the last soirees of the year before New York is immersed in the cold, BEMF is the perfect fall celebration for underground rats and EDM heads alike.
Sprawled across venues like Verboten, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Good Room, BEMF invites music lovers to experience the borough as a whole to celebrate Brooklyn’s investment in raw, pure dance music. Obey City, announced on BEMF’s preliminary lineup, is a perfect example of what the festival is trying to portray — he truly epitomizes Brooklyn’s carefree hip hop style while infusing a fresh, bright electronic sound. Similar acts like Snakehips and Doctor Jeep carry this further with more experimental sounds. However, this year’s lineup relies on heavy techno and deep bass — and when imagining Brooklyn’s nightlife scene, techno isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind. BEMF disrupts this reputation by bringing to the forefront UK king Daniel Avery, power couple Laidback Luke and Gina Turner, militant Julia Govor, funky duo Soul Clap, and celestial being Matrixxman, names that are recognizable to mainstream fans but still experimental and underground for the Brooklyn crowd.

 

 

As BEMF is not a typical festival, a night (or a weekend) there can be as varied or streamlined as one wants. Start the night at 9pm at Verboten and spend the whole night dancing right in front of the decks. Or switch things up: at 11, walk down to Music Hall of Williamsburg and immerse yourself in melodic techno while you watch the crowd from the upper balcony. Pop into an official afterparty at 2am and shock yourself when you finally decide to head home and notice the sun is rising. The opportunities are endless, and that’s the point of BEMF.
Of course, there’s more than just nightlife. BEMF hosts plenty of panels and fireside chats throughout the daytime, bringing together top thought leaders in electronic music, educators in music tech, and cool demonstrations from technologists and artists alike. And, in true Brooklyn fashion, the festival wraps up with a celebratory brunch.
Tickets are available now — for $95, passholders get access to every show on the lineup. Tickets may also be purchased for individual events or one night only; see below for details regarding specific events.

 

Thursday, 11/5:

Oneman, Obey City, Doctor Jeep @ Verboten

Laidback Luke B2B Gina Turner, Julia Govor @ Output

 

Friday, 11/6:

George FitzGerald @ Good Room

Masters at Work B2B Soul Clap @ Verboten

MK @ Output

Snakehips @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Django Django @ Verboten

Virginia @ The Panther Room

 

Saturday, 11/7:

Armand Van Helden @ Verboten

Divided Love w/ Daniel Avery, Matrixxman, Luke Hess, Volte-Face @ Output

Floating Points @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

The Bunker w/ Voices From The Lake, Patrick Russell, Mike Simonetti @ Good Room

 

 

 



With a love of dance music stemming from countless years of dance lessons and bass-thumping car rides with her music-obsessed father, Sarah Ribeiro is a Hartford-raised music addict who moved to Boston in the pursuit of a supportive and open nightlife scene. A passion for learning and a willingness to grow has pulled her out of her trancehead sphere and exposed her to a crazy variety of music and introduced her to some of the most amazing people (and events) Boston has to offer. A writer and social mediac, her main interests are music, literature, technology, art, and her first love: the city of Boston.