Elements NYC: A festival where the elements took over and the only thing filthier than the mud, were the bass drops Bad Weather Can't Stop The Beat From Dropping In NYC
NEW YORK, NY- As fall rapidly approaches here on the East Coast, and festival season draws to a close, people all over the country are desperately trying to squeeze every last drop out of what the summer of 2018 has to offer. On August 11th, BangOn!NYC hosted their third Elements NYC and to EDM lovers, it was the equivalent of sweet nectar to a hummingbird, as thousands of fans from the tri-state area and beyond mobbed the Bronx.
The night before the festival, my hopes of dancing blissfully in the sun to some of my favorite DJ’s were quickly dashed as thunderstorms and heavy rains were pretty much guaranteed. Thankfully, Elements is only a one day fest so the usual headaches of camping in inclement weather weren’t present. That being said, mother nature wasn’t playing any games. Rainfall battered the festival grounds overnight, causing massive stage and art installations to be relocated. Several installments were taken down altogether or blocked off for the safety of all in attendance.
Stages were often barricaded as clean up attempts went full steam ahead. While this was going on I joined in on a yoga session taking place right by the barricade and found myself sweating bullets before any music even started, which is always a good sign.
Outside I could see workers scrambling to get the grounds ready. I can’t commend the crew enough for hunkering down and putting this together. The team that worked all night and day behind the scenes to make this a possibility, through thick and thin, deserve nothing but the highest praise. We don’t often stop and acknowledge the sheer manpower and planning that goes into putting a fest like this together, especially during a storm.
Thankfully, there was a huge warehouse on the grounds, where they moved the Water Stage, that could fit everyone in attendance – so avoiding the occasional downpour was pretty easy. Additionally, there were massive silos teeming with artwork and fembots – actresses that cosplayed as artificial intelligence. I love when there are deeper layers within a festival that are just waiting to be experienced.
Electric Forest was always the ultimate place for that sort of thing, but it seems like if BangOn! keeps doing what they’re doing, we might have something very similar here in the east. Let’s just say, you weren’t just sitting under your umbrella bored out of your mind. There were numerous places to explore and get lost in, which made the whole experience that much more immersive.
It was a day full of bouncing around between the warehouse and art exhibits, but as the day drew to a close, the outdoor Earth Stage featured Subtronics, Emancipator, and Bassnectar, in that order, was the place to be. Someone, somewhere must’ve performed the ultimate rain dance because for a few hours, the rain stopped, and God himself must’ve thrown on his pashmina and earplugs in order to enjoy the beautiful symphony of bass.
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