Meet the Boston Music Community That United at Together Festival [Photo Gallery]

Boston's Together Festival delivers the true meaning of a music community by showcasing local talent with the industry's leading artists
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Boston's Together Festival delivers the true meaning of a music community by showcasing local talent with the industry's leading artists

Electronic music didn't just erect itself overnight, it was built, developed and evolved over almost four decades. With the EDM balloon exploding in the last five years, it might seem as though this culture is a new sensation, but that's simply not the case. Right now there are very few cities that have a steady aggregation of various electronic music events, with Los Angeles and New York having the most events during the week, followed by Miami, Chicago, and San Francisco. But even more prominent than ever are the intimate music festivals that represent each city. These tight knit communities represent each location's distinct energy, and Together Festival in Boston is a clear example.

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Back in May, we turned our attention to Boston's Together Festival, a seven-day electronic music marathon combined with education and professional discussions with demonstrations and art installations. From Sunday, May 15th to Sunday, May 22nd, the Cambridge area hosted the festival for the 7th year in a row. Wielding my own Together Festival badge, I attended an event (or more) every day for the entire week. 

With a neighboring mecca such as New York, Boston like many other cities is not fortunate enough to have lenient city or state laws that permit excessive nightlife, or even pop-events for the matter. We lack proper venues to host events and our promoters are constantly guarding found spots in fear of losing them. So to host an event such as Together not only brings music to our community, but it also allows the immersive music world to see what we are all about. The love, energy and escape we feel on the dancefloor are no longer exclusive to us, but accessible to those who may not be familiar with it.. 

Based on the schedule I held that week, I collected some images from Together to let everyone experience a little piece of Boston and get familiar with the members of your East Coast community! 

Sun., May 15th: Together 2016 Opening Party x Floating Points (Live) & Madame Gandhi

Mon., May 16th: Together x Dekmantel Showcase feat. Fatima Yamaha (Live), Juju & Jordash (Live)

Tues., May 17th: Together x The Black Madonna x DJ Minx w/ support by Byoosik

Every single night was a new experience, I could not have picked any particular day to reign over the others. With every show I attended, I expected light crowds considering it was a work week. I was proven wrong, every single night as the shows were packed out with familiar faces and new ones. The festival at best is a slow week in New York, but for Boston, this is exactly what the doctor ordered. A week packed with amazing music, energy, and community. 

Wed., May 18th: Together x Re:Set presents Thugfucker 

Thur., May 19th: Together x Make It New w/ Henrik Schwarz (Live)

Sat., May 21st: Together x Matthew Dear, Axel Boman, J.Phlip, Dumka

Sun., May 22nd: Together Closing Party w/ Bicep & Ben UFO

With strong production design and a smorgasbord of local talent being showcased alongside the industry's heavy hitters, Together festival left me with a sense of pride that amidst all the difficulties in hosting successful events, there are those few who seek to make others happy! Together is not necessarily a destination festival, yet, but for the locals it's a gathering at the waterhole where artists get a chance to perform to an eager group of listeners that will truly appreciate the value of having them there. 

Destination festivals don't just pop up out of thin air, but Together is fast growing into a spot on the calendar that everyone looks forward. With every year the festival grows, I have high hopes that Together will make its own landmark in sleepy Beantown's music history.