V at Full Moon Festival

V at Full Moon Festival

For those who loathe the typical festival scene, New York's Full Moon Festival provided a happy alternative. Check out exclusive moments from the weekend with Santigold, Escort, and more

For those who loathe the typical festival scene, New York's Full Moon Festival provided a happy alternative. Check out exclusive moments from the weekend with Santigold, Escort, and more

Photography: Elijah Dominique

Photography: Eva Woolridge

Text: AMIRA RASOOL

As far as music festivals go, New York City’s Full Moon Festival may have been small in scale, but it offered a grand enough experience to compete with today’s biggest festivals. The two-day Matte Projects event, like many of its artists, was the type of occasion that caters to those whose appetite for popular music is just as dismal as their appetite for popular fashion—they want what's next, not what's big. There were no Thrasher t-shirts, flower crowns, or Native American headdresses in site. On this particular weekend, Governor’s Island served as home base for a new type of festival, promoting performers that can only be described as your favorite artist’s favorite artist, while hosting the community of real music fans who love them.

Aboard the Saturday afternoon ferry, drunken hums filled rows of the seating area, inhabited by a host of characters from New York’s most recognizable socialites to its loafer wearing frat boys, creating a mildly suspicious buildup for what’s to come. Arriving at the tail end of Lolawolf’s 4 pm set, it appeared that the crowd had just begun to filter into the compact festival grounds (if you stood on one side you could clearly see someone waving on the other side), singing and dancing, careless as to whether or not they knew the lyrics. Lolawolf, fronted by singer and actress Zoe Kravitz, stood on the single stage that would later host techno DJ Moodyman, G.O.O.D. Music President and rapper Pusha T, South Africa’s most promising producer Black Coffee, and the mysteriously masked beat maker SBTRKT.

Kali Uchis

Off stage festival-goers enjoyed the 80 plus degree weather, endless drinks, organic meats and veggies from the usual Brooklyn vendors, a breath-taking view of the East River skyline and a hair-braiding booth alongside a setup of vintage goodies. Beside the water, a little less than a half dozen cabanas settled on the outskirts of a man-made sand bed. For those who dared to lounge, they were politely told that it was for bottle service only, an indication that this is not your average festival. For those who loathe the festival scene, Full Moon provided a happy medium, carefully positioning a lineup of moody DJ’s between acts, crafting an almost dinner-party like atmosphere that felt much more like several small individual meetings amongst a large group of friends.

Sunday brought a heavy down pour, but not a damper in spirits. Fans huddled under the makeshift roof, just as the rain began, to witness Kali Uchis serenade the crowd with her throwback sultry sound, fitting of her '70s pinup style. The later artists of the day included: rock band Allah-las, house DJ Julio Bashmore, and headliner Santigold. By far, the performance that set the tone for the entire weekend was given by electronic funk band ESCORT, lead by Adeline Michele, whose dominating stage presence was felt and heard throughout the entire festival. As they performed the rain stopped, but the crowd was seamlessly unaware feeding off the electric energy the band provided. The rhythmic soul of the band meshed, magnetizing the crowd pulling it into the sonic fold with them.

All in all, the two-day festival was time well spent. Although, a well noted grievance was the absence of an additional stage that could’ve cut the 30-minute transition time between sets down tremendously, in order to avoid a 11pm set by the headlining act. But like most good festivals, it’s a marathon not a sprint, and this one is definitely in for a good run.

Escort
Moodymann
Jil
Allah-Las
Allah-Las
Phony Ppl
Santigold
Black Coffee
Pusha T

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