The best music festivals are the ones that happen in your backyard. This weekend, Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF) is coming to Williamsburg, and the seventh edition promises to demonstrate just how much New York City's dance music scene is kicking ass. As festival founder Jen Lyons puts it, this is "the ultimate clubbing weekend in proper Brooklyn style."
Because we like to be lavish in this borough, there will be two pre-parties tomorrow to kick things off. Official events run from Friday to Saturday (November 7 and 8) at various venues within walking distance—and don't forget the afterparty, hosted by local promoters RINSED. Single-day tickets are $55, two-day GA tickets are $100, and VIP tickets are going for $175.
THUMP is BEMF's official media partner, and we're wriggling around with excitement for this thing to get started. Here's everything you need to know before you throw yourself into the throbbing masses. For more information on-the-go, we recommend downloading the festival's mobile app.
- Renegades of Rhythm: DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist Play Afrika Bambaataa - November 7, Verboten
- Booka Shade - November 7, Music Hall of Williamsburg
- Route 94 and Todd Edwards - November 7, Output
- Gaslamp Killer - November 7, Output
- White Material Stage with Universal Cell Unlock (Live), Young Male, Alvin Aronson, Morgan Louis - November 7, Villain
- Rebel Rave with Damian Lazarus - November 8, Verboten
- Eats Everything and Jackmaster - November 8, Output
- Dorian Concept and Machinedrum - November 8, Villain
THE PANELS (PRESENTED BY THUMP x NOVATION)
- 3PM: The Art of the Album in the Age of the Track: The LP is the last remnant of the record industry's golden age, but are albums relevant in electronic music, and does it take a certain caliber of artist to make one? - with Machinedrum, Deru, Jack Tregoning (Beatport), and more. Moderated by Zel McCarthy (THUMP).
- 4PM: The Thin Line Between Thirsty and Thriving: These days it's not good enough to simply have talent: you need an agent, a manager, a publicist, and friends in high places. Or do you? - with Paul Raffaele, Jackmaster, Lydia Fong (Plexi PR), and Cecilia Doreng-Stearns (Dim Mak). Moderated by Jen Lyon (BEMF, MeanRed)
- 5PM: Making Technology Your Creative Partner: Find out how to make your gear work for you, and not back you into the dreaded creative corner. - with Eats Everything, Bit Funk, Lauren Flax, and Nate Mars (Splice). Moderated by Nick De Friez (Novation USA).
All panels will take place on November 8 at Kinfolk. RSVP here.
Deru 1979 ft Effixx
Little Boots (Live Show)
Universal Cell Unlock