Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival 2013

When it comes to live music in New York, there’s no short supply of incredible shows and festivals to attend damn near every day of the year.  Many of those incredible experiences are made possible by our friends at Mean Red. The event production company co-owned by Jenn Lyon & Katie Longmyer has built a reputation in New York for creating one-of-a-kind music events, large and small, all with carefully curated line-ups ensuring the city that never sleeps holds true to it’s name.  It’s no surprise then that Mean Red are the crew behind the city’s best electronic festival.

In it’s 6th year, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF) is proud to present a stellar line-up of emerging and established artists at North 6th Street and the surrounding blocks in the heart of Williamsburg on November 8th, 9th and 10th (Fri-Sun) with a pre-party at Output this Thursday November 7th..  From hometown heroes based right here in Brooklyn to acts from the across the globe, this year’s fest is jam packed with must-see performers.

In anticipation, Okayfuture went ahead and hooked you up with a guide to the acts and events we can’t wait to check out. Get excited.

Official BEMF Pre-party: Skreamizm @ Output, Thur, November 7th >> Buy Tickets

Dubstep pioneer Skream continues to reinvent himself, most recently with his traveling nightclub experience, Skreamizm. Oliver Jones, known to fans as Skream, is notorious for blowing the roof off nightclubs and parties with his hard hitting set of deep cutting bass anthems, blended with chart topping hits, driving crowds absolutely mad. Every show crams excited spectators into basement-like clubs with black walls, dark lights, and incredible sound systems, in an effort to showcase the eclectic line-up of dj’s booked for each event. BEMF is bring that experience to Output with a hand-selected lineup of acts including Los Angeles deep house legend MK, hip hop producer and DJ Oneman, Skream’s anonymous house protege Route 94, future garage newcomer Curses, the UK’s favorite hypeman and MC, Sgt. Pokes, and of course Skream himself.

LuckyMe Stage @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, Friday, November 8th >> Buy Tickets

The record label and artist collective established in Scotland has become a breeding ground for undiscovered talent to showcase their genre bending takes on hip-hop, rnb, dance & experimental music. The label boasts a worldwide roster that includes releases for Hudson Mohawke, Baauer, Rustie, Machinedrum, Lunice and Jacques Greene. The label’s new class of up-and-coming producers will be showcased during BEMF with performances ranging from energetic, crowd-pleasers (see: Lunice, Rockie Fresh) to the ethereal hip-hop sounds and deep exploratory grooves (see: Evian Christ, S-Type, The Blessings) the night will explore bass music in a variety of horizon broadening forms.

Letherette @ Villian, Friday, November 8th >> Buy Tickets

Soothing electronic symphonies that have helped define the current Ninja Tune sound are what you can expect from the Wooverhampton UK duo. Yet their music is much more malleable than even that. Merging deep house, hip-hop and heavy soulful synths Letherette build ambient boogie beats in a variety of moods designed to please a variety of audiences.  Kings of beautifully reworked originals and known for their fine-tuned DJ skills, the producers’ live show is always a favorite no matter the festival.

Fixed Stage @ Cameo Gallery, Friday, November 8th >> Buy Tickets

Deep house, Ministry of Sound, Defected Records, nu disco. If these words mean anything to you, this is the show to check out. Brooklyn’s own JDH have been hosting some of the best dance parties around the city bringing the best talent from around the world to New York. For BEMF they pulled out all the spots and brought in one of the pillars of dance music, German producer, Tensnake. Along with him you’ll catch sets from Oslo, Norway’s spaced out disco producer Andre Bratten as well as the JDH Fixed crew.

Actress @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, Saturday, November 9th >> Buy Tickets

Darren Cunningham aka Actress doesn’t just created sounds with this music, he’s created a movement. Blending minimal techno, deep house, noise and this sense of awakened consciousness, Actress is revered as one of the most expressively brilliant producers making music today. The creative genius behind progressive electronic label Werkdiscs, Cunningham has put out releases for boundary pushing artists like Lukid and Moire, artists all looking to change the way electronic music is created and consumed. With his live shows combining site, sound and emotion, Cunningham’s work is an awe-inspiring testament to what computer-based music has become in 2013.

Thread Stage @ 285 Kent, Friday, November 8th >> Buy Tickets

Club worlds will collide when kings of the scene from around the world descend upon the same stage. New Jersey’s celebrated dance music stars fusing a grab bag of styles from hip hop and juke to trap and house, DJ Sliink, Nadus, DJ Reck and Ezrakh will be paired with DJ Slow. Celebrated club night founder and labelhead of Belgium powerhouse Pelican Fly, DJ Slow creates sophisticated club music touching on UK Grime, techno, garage, house and beyond. Last year his label released a little EP called Mirror Maru. Sound familiar? That was the EP that put Cashmere Cat’s name on the map.

Pete Tong @ 285 Kent, Saturday, November 9th >> Buy Tickets

The UK DJ and host of BBC Radio 1’s most cutting edge shows like “Essential Mix,” “Essential Selection/The Pete Tong Show” and “In New DJs We Trust” has created a platform for generations of emerging electronic acts like Guti and Benoit to Maya Jane Coles and Deniz Kurtzel to showcase their work while building a large scale following. As a DJ, Pete has graced the decks of the best clubs and festivals worldwide. As a producer he has assembled the music for movie soundtracks such as The Beach, Human Traffic and 24 Hour Party People, and produced and remixed several hit tracks. In 2011 Tong teamed up with Warner UK to lead A&R efforts for the newly re-launched label FFRR.

Tong also hosts a summer residency in Ibiza he calls, ‘Pure Pacha’. The success of his residency in Ibiza will now see Pete bring his own blend of Ibizan glamour to London for a new residency at the Ministry Of Sound. And as an icon, Tong was the inspiration behind the film “It’s All Gone Pete Tong”.

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Stage @ Cameo Galley, Sunday, November 10th >> Buy Tickets

Deep exploratory beats that push the boundaries of electronically produced sound will flood your senses Saturday night. Curated by New York based imprint Sci-Fi and Fantasy, headed up by tech-house producer Lamin Fofana, the night will highlight the label’s roster of emerging artists, as well as a headlining set by Manchester’s celebrated producer XXXY. A master at building infectious soundscapes out of static blips, rapidly pulsing synths and dark digital ripples. Experience lofty spatial patterns in song form from Germany’s Lotic and Blacky II’s dark world of techno dance beats. Every artist on this line up has a deep connection to the world’s of Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

W Hotel BEMF

The W – Downtown is offering guests and locals an exclusive “W + BEMF” package which includes:

A Wonderful room at W New York – Downtown
2 Tickets to BEMF
2 SIP Tickets for Cocktails at The Living Room Bar & Terrace
Discounted Uber Ride for ticket holders and new riders

Click here for more info!


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