Elements Lakewood Festival: A One-Of-A-Kind East Coast Cultural Immersion

May 22nd, 2017


elements lakewood festival 2017 day by day lineup

All across the world, tiny festivals pop up that feature local talent. A few hundred people show up, mostly regulars who frequent the underground circuit in their city, and they enjoy themselves for a weekend. In reality, few of these small gatherings take off, spread wings, and become something far larger than what it originally set out to be. But – and this is strictly hypothetical – what would happen if someone took those subcultures from other cities, brought them together, and sprinkled in a few powerful, widely-respected headliners to draw some extra attention? And what if – hypothetical, again – this event sponsored artists, vendors, and performers to combine their creative minds, fuse cultures, and compliment the music? Sounds like a way to expose a new batch of artists to a larger audience.
This is not Burning Man. This is precisely what BangOn! NYC is doing with their inaugural, three-day camping event – Elements Music & Arts Festival: Lakewood. And this is something you need to experience.



After curating successful parties for years, BangOn!, the off-centered renegade party force of the East Coast, is trying its hand at their very own three day camping festival. They’ve procured a strong team of headliners who understand and respect the East Coast culture, including Claude Vonstroke, Liquid Stranger, Tipper, and Lee Burridge, as well as fellow sluggers Bauuer, Claptone, Keys N Krates, SNBRN, and Ott. Beyond that, the lineup fills out with a slew of well-versed artists with dedicated followings in the region. DJs like HeRobust and Yheti have garnered tremendous support at venues across the states, while Justin Jay, Behrouz, and The Golden Pony have dropped countless sets at numerous events in the area for years.

elements lakewood grounds

But the beating heart of Lakewood certainly lives in the undercard – a most unjustifiable term, at that. Lakewood will feature curated stages by some of the most reputable organizations from Boston, New York, and all the surrounding areas. These are the people who relentlessly organize and support music for us all year round and Lakewood is bringing them all together for something momentous. Any respectable DJ knows that, when they come East, these are the people who throw the best parties. BangOn! and Webster Hall have a history of curating at the same festival – as both curated stages at Mysterland USA – while the brains behind Rezinate, Zero, and Ebb + Flow have pumped life into the Northeast every weekend for what seems like forever. These brands have become the counterculture, and getting them together for a weekend of camping was a foregone inevitability.



Naturally, these revolutionary minds think beyond music. At Lakewood, you can expect visual arts, non-musical activities, and incredible scenery. Deep House Yoga – which has become a weekly event in New York City – is hosted by legendary DJ Gina Turner. Lakewood also invited Vyvn, the famed Burning Man camp, to curate art installations and galleries, interactive and immersive theater, circus performances, and an expanded tribal market for visitors. This is more than “just another music festival.” This isn’t the “Burning Man of the East Coast.” This is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience – something entirely its own.

elements lakewood festival map

Tickets for Elements are still on sale. Three-day GA passes with camping are at $187 after fees, while single day passes are $80-$85 per day, depending on which day you choose. For those who don’t want to camp, three-day non-camping passes are at $159 after fees. There is a premium camping add-on – similar to a VIP option, with indoor showers and prime camping spots – for an additional $90 bucks. For those without easy access to transportation, there’s an “NYC Gypsy Pass” option as well, which includes round-trip bus fare, a bed in a dorm-style cabin, and a 7-meal plan for $540 after fees. There are other bus options that don’t include cabins that cost $90 bucks as well. There are also RV options, parking passes, non-packaged meal plans, and ultra-classy bungalow options on the ticket site, which you can look into by following this link.
This is going to be a festival that takes East Coast festival culture to an unprecedented level. No amount of description is going to capture this weekend. Just live it, in the moment, for yourself, and see what you find.




Claude Vonstroke
Lee Burridge
Keys N Krates
Liquid Stranger
Billy Kenny
Bixel Boys
Eli & Fur
Horse Meat Disco
Justin Jay
Oliver Koletzki
Red Axes
David Hohme
David Starfire
Eagles & Butterflies
Eli Escobar
Gab Rhome
Jade Cicada

Jon Charnis
Kim Ann Foxman
Oceanvs Orientalis
Oona Dahl
Saint Wknd
The Golden Pony
Walker & Royce
Wax Future
Alex Cecil
Alex English
Bad Ginger
The Carry Nation
Cute Boys
Club Calco
Daniel Cowel
David Kiss
Dirty Looks

DJ Knowledge
Gavin Stephenson
Iman Rizky
Jackal Jyve
John Rafelle
Matt Carey
Matt Fx
Matt Sebastien
Smeed & Suspense
Stephanie Blanding
Tal Ohana

Matt Reynolds is a music enthusiast on a mission to share his musical knowledge with the masses. Born and raised on the hard streets of suburban North Jersey, Matt was diagnosed with an irreversible addiction to electronic music in 2009. Since then, he’s pledged to discover and share his experiences with clubs, festivals, and the world of electronic music. Situated minutes from NYC, Matt has traveled from Massachusetts to Miami and everywhere between chasing music and making memories. When he isn’t writing for MASS EDMC, he’s either reading, writing fiction, or (most likely) booty-shaking on the dance floor.

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