This past Memorial Day Weekend was another one that I opted to slip away from the Movement Detroit craze and do something different and local to the Northeast. BangOn!NYC made their first attempt last year on a three-day camping festival in Lakewood, Pennsylvania. They launched into their second year in 2018 with a twist on their original camping festival. Elements is similar to that of Dirtybird Campout & Electric Forest, but with more of a House of Yes costume extravaganza meets the bass music community chill vibe of New York City. This creates a unique and highly interactive three day weekend on a campground surrounded by woods in a somewhat remote part of Pennsylvania.
This year in addition to their music line up, the festival crew increased their activities schedule with various things such as early morning yoga, cereal and cartoons breakfast, fire-walking class (Yeah, you read that right!), fly-boarding, kayaking, art installations mapping your brainwaves, a Viking closing ceremony and so much more. This year, the four main stages were erected, Earth, Water, Air, and Fire along with new stages, Alchemy, Porch and Gym Stage. The Air stage, as last year, was nestled in the woods with an array of psychedelic decorations leading you through the woods. Beautiful Chlorosapiens were emanating from trees leading to the Alchemy stage and there were various carts people could climb on top and dance.
BangOn!NYC has an incredible skill of combining art installations and interactive activities along with their music itinerary. The larger stages had incredible stage designs and visual production. The four main stages hosted talents such as Shpongle, Maceo Plex, Claude Von Stroke, Desert Hearts Crew, ReZZ, Patrice Baumel, Jamie Jones, Lee Burridge, Jai Wolf, Troyboi, Chris Lake, Thugfucker, Fisher, Ardalan, Be Svendsen, DJ Three, The Carry Nation, Oona Dahl, Oceanvs Orientalis, and many local Brooklyn, Philadelphia & Boston talents. You could count on incredible vibes throughout the weekend as festival attendees had the option of camping or booking cabins. There was a giant lake that everyone was able to swim in and hang out on the infamous pirate ship. There were little parties within the VIP pool lounge, where you can hang by the bonfire or go inside to spend some time in the jacuzzi while chilling to sweet deep beats.
With their 2nd year under its belt, I would hope that next year's focus will be on enhancing their logistics and operations for a smoother experience when it comes to attendees parking options from the entrance, as well as shower accessibility for GA guests and the cleaning maintenance of the port-a-potties and VIP showers. Logistics and operations are no easy feat for any festival to get right in the first few years, but I have strong faith that Elements Music & Arts Festival crew is going to keep coming back stronger with every year as it beings to fill the gap that Mysteryland has left us with. For next year's Memorial Day Weekend plans, if you want to experience a festival that will leave you filled with energy and great uplifting vibes, there's no better place than at Elements Festival in Lakewood!
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Elements Music & Arts Camping Festival
Check out Magnetic Mag's own tech house chart editor, Erlon at Alchemy Stage at the festival: