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It’s been a long and difficult journey for music lovers over the past year. As the global pandemic turned our lives upside, we’ve had to adapt to an extended period without live music. The clubs, venues, and festivals that became our spiritual homes over the years closed their doors and gates, in some cases permanently. However, it seems we are slowly drifting towards a new normal with live music at the end of the tunnel. One event that surely deserves attention is BangOn! NYC’s Elements Lakewood.
After experiencing what has felt like a nuclear winter, the thought of venturing out to a music festival feels oddly alien. Steph Landreville, wrote a fantastic piece on Obskure about The Return To Normalcy and all of the internal struggles that come with it. Undoubtedly after such a long period apart there will be ample hesitancy and anxiety from some veterans of the scene. Yet, the excitement and energy that will fill those first open dancefloors will be incredible.
In fact, there is perhaps no better event to break your live show hiatus with than Elements Lakewood. Spearheaded by underground mavericks BangOn NYC, this gathering has asserted itself as the premier music festival in the northeast. With a world-class lineup of artists mixed with a boutique ethos, Elements brings production levels that can compete with the big boys while also cultivating an experience with the festival-goer at the heart of it.
Taking place from September 3-6 on a sleepaway camp in the Northeast Pennsylvania woods, Elements combines cutting-edge curation with nostalgic appeal. While the lineup boasts an impressive array of artists from all across the electronic spectrum, the stage that really captures our attention is the Earth Stage. From top to bottom, this stage in particular has a cast of heavy-hitters that cannot be ignored.
From groundbreaking legends like Rusko to genre-defying innovators like CloZee and Tokimonsta, there really is something for everyone. Underground behemoths Esseks and Isded rub shoulders with festival mainstays Manic Focus and Desert Dwellers. However, beyond just the music, Elements Lakewood has the reputation of being a community-led festival that emphasizes the grass-roots nature of how the scene started and what keeps it alive.