All photos by Kyle Miller of Saucy Monster for Compose Yourself Mag
A scorching 96 degree blistering summer day wasn’t stopping anyone from getting down at BangOnNYC’s Elements Music Festival, which once again proved itself to be the hottest party of the summer.
Water droplets streamed down the faces of those anxiously waiting to get inside. Claptone drew an early crowd bringing the deep house vibes to the Mixmag Water Stage as Rachel Torro displayed her own unique style of minimalistic-tech house on Air Stage.
It was damn hot and sweaty out there calling for water breaks after 30min. The sole spigot near main stage felt like an African waterhole, with a bunch of animals crowded around to get their sip of survival.
Of course there were other ways to keep cool, like tying your hair up at the free Braid Bar.
Sheltering under some shade.
Or finding a hose.
The Desert Hearts stage definitely took to the desert part quite literally as the indoor warehouse felt more like a bass fueled sauna. Still, the Desert Hearts crew kept the floor vibrating as bodies drenched in sweat danced tirelessly to groovy basslines. Mikey Lion, who was not actually listed on the lineup, couldn’t pass up an opportunity to throw down with his crew. Then Marbs & Porkchop followed up with some slamming sets. You can tell by the smiles on everyone’s faces, both DH Crew and the fans, that the heat wasn’t getting in the way of the infectious vibes – house techno love.
Elements 2016 had an exceptionally strong house game, with 3 of 5 stages being entirely taking over by the genre, along with some performances on the Earth and Fire stages in which house music made an appearance. Mija started her set off strong with some of that chunky DirtyBird Records goodness, which brought a fun and quirky vibe to the Earth Stage after following Ghastly’s aggressive bass-house set. Dirty Looks closed out the Fire Stage with some disco and throwback tracks that packed out the dance floor and had people dancing outside the stage. Surprisingly, even Govinda dropped an exotic sounding psy-house track at the beginning of his set. Definitely a sign that this generation just wants to dance.
Despite the bass thuds of house music dominating the festival grounds, Govinda still took best set of Elements by unanimous vote. (*amongst my crew) Unlike his normal downtempo – chill – sets which usually end in the crowd being serenaded by the sound of beautiful violin playing, Govinda seemed to have been feeling the weather and brought some serious heat. This was a very special – very dj heavy – less live – set that was jam packed of hard hitting psy-dub and trap-like beats. The crowd was going wild causing Govinda himself to get a little silly, sporting a cat mask and black skull hoodie. Maybe an early trial for Halloween?
What makes Elements so special is that anyone, even those who may not be so familiar with the lineup, can find themselves lost in an adult playground. Between 5 stages of music, art galleries, aerial and fire performances, beauty bars and regular bars, quality food vendors, jungle gym-like sculptures to climb on, rope sculptures to relax on, a bounce house, and a giant skeleton, filled with a bunch of ecstatic party people, there is no way to not have an amazing experience.
We can’t wait for what’s in store for Elements Music Festival 2017!
Full gallery below courtesy of Kyle Miller (Saucy Monster) for Compose Yourself Mag