Everything you need to know about Full Moon Festival
Drawing inspiration from the beach parties celebrating the full moon in Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand, New York’s Full Moon Fest celebrates its 5-year anniversary this Saturday. Here’s everything you need to know about from the lineup to the fastest and cheapest way to get in to this fantastic and surprisingly intimate music festival.
Tickets: Standard tickets are still available at the Full Moon website for $75.85. If you haven’t gotten tickets yet, you can purchase last-minute tickets on FLUX Friday night beginning at 11:59 pm for $70. The FLUX pass also allows you to skip the line!
The Venue: After four sold-out years on Governor’s Island, Full Moon Fest switched to The Brooklyn Mirage, the city’s brand-new and ephemeral venue. Living up to its name, this massive pop-up club complete with imported palm trees, sand, indoor and outdoor spaces, and a state-of-the-art KV2 Audio systems will run from July 4 to September 26 before disappearing.
Main Stage Highlights: This year’s main stage features some of the best up and coming artists from Europe, The US, and Australia. You’ll definitely hear things you know, things you say “wait, this is their song?”, and new jams you won’t be able to get out of your head.
Yelle: The US has always been a tough market for French music… especially if it’s sung in French. Superproducer Dr. Luke’s gamble that the US might be ready for a change seems to be paying off as Yelle has captured a cult following with their catchy melodies and funk-pop beats.
TENSNAKE: Best known for his 2010 hit Coma Cat, German-Dj Tensnake has achieved critical and popular acclaim across Europe, The UK, and The US. After the success of Random Access Memories and “Get Lucky” you must be pretty cool if someone like Nile Rodgers wants to work with you. Check out their single “Love Sublime” (and the Duke Dumont remix) below.
RÜFÜS DU SOL: If you haven’t watched Jay Alvarrez’s newest video featuring RÜFÜS’s “You Were Right”, start with that guy by clicking here… Given the uplifting vibes of RÜFÜS’s music it’s no surprise the Sydney group’s debut album peaked at number 1 in Australia. These guys are sure to be around for a while and will indubitably be one of the festival’s highlights.
Inside Main Stage (starts at 12:30 am): As with any good festival, the music continues late into the night and early into the morning. Around midnight, the party begins to shift indoors with Jacques Greene (a personal favorite of ours) headlining.
Jacques Greene: Canadian DJ and Producer Jacques Greene has used original releases, eps and epic remixes from the XX to Radiohead to challenge audiences to reconsider the future of house music.
Crew Love Stage: With names like Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap, and Pillow Talk, the fact this is the second stage attests to the quality of Full Moon Fest.
Soul Clap: if you’re looking for funk, look no further than Soul Clap. These guys have played with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at some of NYC’s and London’s best underground venues.
Wolf + Lamb: American duo Wolf + Lamb have made quite the career for themselves since starting in 2001. Not only have they played some of the world’s largest festivals, but they also started a label that has been used by musicians and producers like Nicolas Jaar and Seth Troxler.
The Food: Gourmet vendors from across the city will provide meals and freshments from Mexican to artisan ice cream to Asian-Fusion. We recommend Tacombi’s chips and guacamole, because they’re just that good.
Complete list: Tacombi, Mile End, Battery Harris, Bar de Jar, Koso Fresh, Carnal, Uma Temakeria, La crepe, Taste Art, Sweatshop.
The summer is going by way too quickly, so make the most of the remaining time. Saturday is sure to be one of the most memorable nights of the season. If you haven’t gotten tickets yet, FLUX is the best and most affordable option for last-minute tickets.
Tickets go on sale at 11:59pm Friday night at $70 and include skipping the line.