50 Kent was home to Verboten’s second StageONE of the summer and arguably their best lineup yet, this past Sunday, August 23rd. After a little hour long pre-game at the club, everyone rounded up and headed down the street as doors opened at 1 pm.
The weather was on and off all day, but overall, quite cooperative. It seemed just a bit cooler than the last time around — more power to dance. By 4 or so, it was already absurdly packed. The location was a tad bit smaller than the last as Verboten shared grounds with Sunday’s typical Brooklyn Flea.
The shared space kind of created a certain atmosphere Verboten aims for — you were able to roam freely between StageONE and the flea market, grab a sense of community and the arts all at once.
Strong women ran the lineup this past Sunday — Nastia was up first for the ladies and brought her ever-so groovy vibes. This time around, a giant disco ball shone up on stage making it hard to look away. The stage seemed closer to the water too. Although there was less space to wander, it seemed more pleasurable and intimate. It was totally appropriate for the lineup on board.
Andhim was next and definitely proved themselves to be two of the best. Many rushed early to see them — they never disappoint and couldn’t be missed. After some flight delays, they finally made it to StageONE. There set was cut short, but they continued to play through a proper “warm up” sound. They play good music; there’s no other way to put it.
The two fist pumped, jammed, and bopped their entire set while playing tracks like their remix of “How Many Times.” The crowd was filled with all sorts of people, but it kind of brought a neat vibe. Everyone was united by the bass and some love — the day had only just begun.
Next up was underground heavy hitter, Jamie XX. To our disappointment, the overall general consensus was boredom (although rumor has it his club set was much more enticing). Andhim brought the energy up only to be instantly brought down — although the sound wasn’t bad, it’s not what we’d expect from a mid-festival set.
Sounds of reggae and disco swarmed 50 kent while everyone simply swayed, sat back, and let the beats take over. A drone flew overhead while “Soul Caption” got heads bopping. The set went one of two ways for the crowd — it was either perfect or terrible… the lack of in between was kind of terrifying.
Next up was the queen of smiles and soulful groove — Miss Maya Jane Coles. We’ve said it before and we will say it again; MJC’s poise is unbelievable. It’s like she has been throwing down pure house since the moment she was born.
Of course, her squad is always behind her in full support. They always seem to help radiate her energy into the crowd and make it feel like a real party. As the sky got darker, so did the beats. Tracks like Tom Flynn’s “Angel Street” and Bruno Rudich’s “Tahoma” helped Maya’s true colors shine. Around 8:30, she slowed things down, but as if one set wasn’t enough, the Verboten Goddess made her Nocturnal Sunshine (alias) debut at the after party.
Last and anything but least was Matador. Being another Verboten resident, he’s no rookie to the Brooklyn crowd. He hopped on for his live set and instantly brought a whole change of pace and energy. It seemed that his set was the one that brought everyone to life. He took the cake for the entire afternoon. The sun was finally down and now Verboten’s always-impressive production truly took off.
Matador threw down a variety of his own tracks like “Korrado” and “Play With Me!” — there is no doubt this dude is talented. An hour and a half really wasn’t long enough; we could have listened to Matador for the entirety of the day. It felt like the day had finally reached the climax it truly needed, and it was over in an instant.
All the effort, hard work, and dedication the Verboten staff, Thump, MeanRed, and Plexi put into the second installment of StageONE was completely evident. It seemed to blow the last out of the water, which is saying something considering the last was a blast as well. StageONE is an event that can’t just be thrown together over night — congratulations on another fabulous party… your hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed.
If you missed the first or second StageONE, you have two more opportunities to dance with Verboten at 50 Kent — September 6th and September 19th. Trust us, you need to make it to at least one.