BEMF is back! Our favorite NYC multi-day music event, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is returning today for its seventh year with a super-sized schedule (Nov. 6-8) and an equally massive lineup.
With Williamsburg venues (all within walking distances of each other) that include Output, Cameo, Verboten, Kinfolk, Glasslands, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Villain, and Baby’s All Right, the fest’s expanded lineup spans all sorts of electronic music subgenres with artists like Todd Edwards, DJ Shadow, Little Boots, Move D, Prefuse 73, Aeroplane, Omar S, Martyn, Fur Coat, and so many more stellar DJs and musicians from around the world — and, of course, from right here in Brooklyn.
This year, BEMF has a super cool app that lets you create your own schedule — download it from here to your mobile device. In case you need a little help sorting through the myriad choices, we’ve included a suggested (but by no means all inclusive) itinerary here:
Thursday, Nov. 6
9:30 pm: Pick up your BEMF pass at Kinfolk (90 Wythe), grab a drink, then stick around for sets from Manik and Paul Raffaele.
12:00 am: Head down the block to Output for The Bunker’s stacked BEMF preparty with Move D, Reagenz, Forma, Pangaea, Mike Servito, and Bryan Kasenic.
Friday, Nov. 7
7:00 pm: Start out early at Verboten for Renegades of Rhythm: DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Play Afrika Bambaataa.
9:00 pm: Head over to the Music Hall of Williamsburg, which plays host to Booka Shade, Galantis, and Taimur & Fahad.
11:00 pm: We were psyched to see Chicago’s The Black Madonna added recently to the BEMF lineup, so we highly recommend catching her set at Verboten alongside The Gaslamp Killer and Golf Clap.
1:00 am: If you’ve bought a BEMF pass, you’re automatically eligible to attend the BEMF Boiler Room with legends Frankie Bones and DJ Keoki, plus locals Love & Logic. (Location information will be made available to ticketholders — though we are not at liberty to disclose, we can assure you that the venue is in easy walking distance of the other BEMF venues.)
2:30 am: End the night with some serious techno at the White Material Stage at Villain with Universal Cell Unlock, Young Male, Alvin Aaronson & Morgan Louis.
Saturday, Nov. 8
3:00 pm: Novation and THUMP are hosting several artist panels at Kinfolk 94. Topics include “The Art of the Album in the Age of the Track,” “The Thin Line Between Thirsty and Thriving,” and “Making Technology Your Creative Partner.” RSVP now to attend (free).
10:00 pm: Come to Cameo for Aeroplane, JDH, and Dave P, presented by one of our most favorite parties in NYC, Fixed. (Another room of the venue will have Darkside’s Dave Harrington and friends; no cover with RSVP.)
12:00 am: Stroll over to Output/The Panther Room for a huge night with Eats Everything, Jackmaster, Jasper James, Honey Dijon, Huxley & Beckwith.
2:00 am: For what will sadly be Glassland’s final BEMF, the venue is hosting an excellent lineup with Fort Romeau, Martyn (live), Heathered Pearls, and Abu Ashley.
4:00 am: Time for afterhours! Though the location is still undisclosed, Rinsed will be presenting “Gilded,” a “lavish and luxurious” ode to all things gold. And the lineup definitely looks golden: Omar S, Smart Bar resident Chrissy (Murderbot), and Rinsed’s own Blacky II and Dan Wender, with wild aesthetics from art goddess A.POP and Soul 2 Seoul’s Turtle Bugg.
Sunday, Nov. 9
8:00 am: Go home. You really, really need some sleep.
(4:30 pm: Come meet us at brunch at Jify’s (the front of Cameo). We’ll be hosting a little shindig with Chupacabras, [Ctrl] (Soul 2 Seoul), and Facets playing some disco while we enjoy some Bloody Marys and tater tots.)
Although we’ve already ended our BEMF giveaway, you can still find single-day or weekend passes here, as well as ad hoc tickets for most shows. (And if you’re short on cash, you don’t need to miss out: A few of the events, like Saturday’s party at Cameo with Darkside’s Dave Harrington and friends and the Manhattan pop-up parties at the W Downtown Friday and Saturday with Jamie Antonelli and Kaviar Disco Club, respectively, are completely free.)
Got more questions? Check out the BEMF FAQ. See you out there this weekend!