BangOn!NYC brought back Elements Music and Art Festival for the third installation. On Saturday, August 13th, one of the hottest days of the year, thousands gathered at an abandoned industrial park in Red Hook, Brooklyn.Hosting five different stages celebrating the natural world. Fire, Water, Earth, Air and a secret fifth element stage, were all artistically represented at the all day event. BangOn utilized the environment very cleverly using it as a key component for each performance platform.
Once you first walked in you came across MixMag’s Water Stage and shortly after the Air Stage. Both stages overlooked the Hudson River and Upper Bay, bringing in a light breeze in the sweltering heat. Performances by Claptone, Le Youth, Klingande, Blond:ish, Nicolas Matar and more occurred at these stages.
A bit further into the event you found the Fire Stage which was designed by local visual artist Incendia. The Fire Stage brought a dystopian landscape to life with destroyed automobiles, industrial backdrops and open flames. Ironically enough, this was one of the stages where you were able to get sprinkled by a hose. Artists such as, 2Melo and Dirty Looks could be seen here.
The festival’s main stage, The Earth Stage, was equipped with LED screens, a facial structure and elaborate floral details. Performances by Ghastly, Sweat Beats, Gramatik and Mija were some of the many at the main stage.
BangOn’s secret fifth element was the outrageous Desert Hearts crew, housed in an abandoned stone warehouse fashioned to transports fans to the inside of a kaleidoscope with hanging crystals, morphing windows and wall-shaking bass with a monstrous six-hour back-to-back set from the DH artists.Throughout the event area there were other great things to stumble upon. A bouncy house, tight rope walkers, domes for shade, hoopers, dancers (check out this sweet video of Team Kitty Koalition by the Poselski Brothers), buses to climb on top, an oversized skeleton to control with strings multiple food vendors and a vendor village to shop. The tunes were nothing short of amazing and we got the opportunity to listen to some new artists.
Whether your there for the artists or just the experience in general, Elements is a must go to event. If you missed it this year, put it on your list for 2017 because you better believe that it will be back bigger and better.
All photos were shot by our very own Ashley Zucker.
~Michelle for EDMNYC