Full Moon Festival is hitting Governor's Island in NYC this weekend (August 20th and 21st) and I'm pretty sure it's going to be one of the most spirited festivals New York City has seen all summer. It takes place on the beach at the Governor's Club under an almost
full moon with a panoramic view of the Manhattan Skyline and the good ol' Statue of Liberty can be seen in the distance. Full Moon Fest draws inspiration from the original beach parties celebrating the full moon in Thailand, while adding some of New York's flavor. As Full Moon's website says, "Full Moon will transform Governor's Island into a two-day oasis of live music, art installations and international culinary hospitality."
We know SBTRKT, Santigold and Black Coffee are on top of your list of "Can't Miss Acts," but here are a few more of our favorites to see at this year's Full Moon Festival.
Lolawolf is a Brooklyn-based band made up of vocalist and actress, Zoe Kravitz, Keyboardist James Levy, and drummer and producer, Jimmy Giannopolous. Lolawolf takes inspiration from the sounds and feelings of the 80s with the smooth R&B grooves of the 90s and adds a little synthpop to their no-boundaries lyrics. Lolawolf is a one-of-a-kind trio that you definitely don't want to miss.
Marcus Marr is a London-based artist, producer and DJ who found his calling in dance music when he saw DJ Harvey play one of his legendary extended sets. Earlier this year, Marcus Marr released a four-track EP, Work, with the sensual vocals from Australian sensation, Chet Faker, and it's a funk-filled masterpiece with sun-drenched bass lines. Marcus Marr will get you groovin' no matter what time of the day it is.
Los Angeles-based band, Allah-Las, is adding some American rock to the Full Moon Festival this year. Their sound is hard to pinpoint but it's obvious there are hints of The Zombies, Bob Dylan, and The Kinks at times. When the band met in 2008, three of the four members worked at Amoeba Records, where they likely spent hours of each shift studying the sounds of garage and psychedelic rock. They're set to release their third studio album, Calico Review
, on September 9th, so we can only hope for a few album teasers at Full Moon Fest this weekend.
Matt Walker, better known by his stage name of Julio Bashmore, is fairly new to the game as he just released his debut album Knockin' Boots
last year. Walker came into the UK's underground dubstep scene but was introduced to dance music through his brother's vintage house records. His debut album combines catchy synths with disco tunes and ecstatic drops that make it impossible to associate Knockin' Boots
to one type of music. Julio Bashmore is definitely one to catch if you're looking for a nonstop dance party.
Escort is Brooklyn's 17-piece disco orchestra (yes, 17) who are known for their live performances and unbeatable funky sounds. Founded by Dan Balis and Eugene Cho and including front-woman, Adeline Michele, Escort is known for their funky sounds and revamping traditional disco music. The release of their second album, Animal Nature
, a 19-track dance-heavy LP, is dance-heavy and revives disco by adding some modern flare. With a stage full of band members, live instruments and a lot of funk, this disco-abiding band tugs at all of our heart strings.
You can find both the musical acts and the food lineup below!