The Sights & Sounds Of BangOn!’s Warehouse Of Horrors!
With yet another spellbinding production, the visionaries over at BangOn! NYC have once again pushed the boundaries of our imagination and dazzled our senses. As the marquee name in New York City’s underground scene, BangOn has a storied reputation for crafting some truly mind-bending events and immersive atmospheres. When it comes to disconnecting revelers from the outside world and blurring the line between dream and reality, BangOn certainly has no competition. Over this Halloween weekend BangOn resurrected their ghoulish den of mischief known as the Warehouse Of Horrors. This year’s installment of BangOn’s devilish event was definitely the wildest place to be this Halloween.
As always BangOn went above and beyond the normal call of duty to fabricate a dizzying environment of sounds, colors and textures. As I entered the bumping Buschwick warehouse, I was immediately smacked in the face by the pulsating, frenetic energy that usually characterizes a BangOn rave. Revelers clad in a wild array of costumes and disguises filled the cavernous venue. Inside BangOn’s perplexing Halloween festival, reality soon melted into a swirling portrait of the curious and grotesque. As I waded through the wafting sea of bewildering characters, I was once again gripped by a familiar feeling of awe and grandeur associated with BangOn’s brand of events. Whenever you attend a BangOn party you are immediately transported to an entirely different dimension where the outside world seems to get checked at the door.
When it comes to putting together a unique and talented roster of artists, BangOn always steps their game up in this department. With a keen eye for truly cutting edge and forward thinking DJs, BangOn seems to have a knack for assembling lineups that cater to a wide array of genre lovers. The sprawling Warehouse of Horrors was bisected into two well constructed stages that possessed their own identity and vibe.
The Dirtybird flock comprised of Ardalan, Will Clarke and J. Phlip took over the Horror House Stage. Despite some set time discrepancies early on the Dirtybird crew absolutely smashed their 3+ hour demolition of BangOn’s ghoulishly constructed Horror House Stage. Ardalan kicked things off with an adrenaline fueled performance that set the tone for a night of heavy beats and sweat soaked dance moves. Will Clarke stepped in for the late arriving J. Phlip and even joined up with Ardalan for some tasty b2b action. When the queen of Dirtybird finally arrived, she wasted no time unleashing her trademark grooves on the Halloween horde.
One constant that always prevails throughout a Dirtybird takeover is the undeniably choice vibes that the crew bring. If you love techno and booty house then the Dirtybird family have to be high on your list of favorites. Without pigeon-holing themselves, Dirtybird artists have the ability to create a style of music that is so distinct and familiar, that whenever they all get together you just get wrapped up in a vortex of their trademark flavor.
Over at the Boneyard Stage the crowd was treated to a very different blend of sonic textures. The globally renowned psychedelic beatsmith Ott was the first set that I caught over at the Warehouse’s future bass inspired stage. Pumping out beats from his latest album, Fairchildren, as well as some classic tracks, Ott showcased his eclectic and global style of production. Up next Big Wild absolutely stole the show in my opinion. The LA-based producer took the crowd at the Boneyard stage on a wild ride through some spellbinding soundscapes. Showing off his ability to merge many genres into one synth-laden style, Big Wild had all the freaks at the Boneyard getting down and dirty. Rounding out the night with Partywave and Space Race was the ideal way to close out the night. Both artists hit the stage with tons of energy left, which was a welcomed sight for the zombie crowd that was still stumbling through the warehouse at 5 am.
Another year down and yet another fantastic BangOn Halloween event. With their seventh straight Spooktacular in the books I think it’s safe to say that BangOn know exactly how to throw a proper party. Thanks to Tod Seelie and Frank Monkiewicz for their awesome photos! Up next BangOn will be throwing a scintillating Homecoming Party at the infamous House of Yes. Grab you tickets for their next throwdown right here!