On Saturday, July 9th, Governor’s Island got a bass makeover, courtesy of Brunch Bounce’s “Greatest Day Ever” festival. For all those New Yorkers who feel they’re too EDM for the hip hop kids, or too hip hop for the EDM kids, this festival provided the essential middle ground for all those who appreciate music that travels from your ears to your hips.
Although the skies were a bit overcast, the early afternoon started on the highest of notes, and those who got to the island in time were able to catch an amazing set by Metro Boomin. Young Metro brought trap-lord-certified beats to the beach, and ushered in a sing along of his track, “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1.” In the spirit of social conscious, at the end of his performance he even made mention of Black Lives Matter, which elicited a wild cheer of support from the crowd.
Afterwards, Ape Drums picked up the energy of the afternoon by opening his set with Diplo-collab, “Duttiest Wine.” From there he transitioned to playing throwbacks meant to melt every millennial’s heart, including Sean Paul’s “Like Glue” and Wayne Wonder’s “No Letting Go.”
Seeing as Governor’s Island rests between Manhattan and New Jersey, it seemed only appropriate for Greatest Day Ever to throw in some booty-bouncing Jersey Club tunes, thanks to a B2B set from Brenmar and DJ Sliink. These homies are no first-time-B2B players, and this was evident with a set that embodied bass perfection greater than any fan’s dream. Some Jersey club remixes to make the set included a remix of Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” and Drake’s “One Dance” – easily a summer ’16 anthem.
Now while Governor’s Island is close to Jersey, it’s also just as close to Staten Island. What better way than to have an all encompassing Hudson River experience than to have Staten Island born DJ, 4B perform? Fans came ready with flags and merch, all with one shared interest: raging their minds away to 4B. Dubstep, trap and hip hop jams made their way into the set, including Nero’s “Promises,” Future’s “Fuck Up Some Commas” and Flosstradamus’s “Mosh Pit.” Regardless of how hot the summer air was, it wouldn’t stop the crowd from shuffling or partying their absolute hardest.
Grandtheft took the stage next, where he took this performance as an opportunity to make a nod to his own productions, including hit Keys N Krates collab, “Keep It 100.” He also showed some love to the Keys N Krates fam by playing their classic “All The Time” remix. While raging under the pavilion, clouds moved in, and the impending showers for the day finally came to fruition. However, regardless of the rain, it did not stop one person from enjoying the music. In fact, it was pleasantly welcomed by some who were looking to cool off from sweating all day.
When major headliner, Baauer, came on, his performance showed just how far he’s come from his “Harlem Shake” days. His set incorporated essentially every bass genre under the sun. With throwbacks including “Pop Lock & Drop It” and “Tipsy” to modern trap bangers like TNGHT’s “Goooo,” there was no doubt he knew just the right songs to make the crowd move. He interestingly added experimental electronic bass tunes like Mura Masa’s “Lotus Eater,” which captivated an entirely new energy of the crowd, especially with the picturesque rain pouring down from outside the pavilion.
At the conclusion of the festival, everyone left drenched (equal parts sweat and rain); not one person boarded the boat back to Manhattan without a smile on their face and a horde of memories that will last forever. Thanks for an amazing event, Brunch Bounce! We’ll be looking forward to the next Greatest Day Ever!