There are nights when Brooklyn just feels too lit—like there’s too much crazy good shit happening on every corner, and you’re helpless to fight off the waves of FOMO no matter where you go. Next weekend (November 6 and 7) will be one of those, thanks to the eighth edition of Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF). A pass grants you access to all of the borough’s top venues, which will welcome a hundred DJs from around the world, plus a veritable buffet of discussion panels and afterparties. The open-ended schedule presents endless options—which can be thrilling or overwhelming, depending on how good you are at making decisions. And then, of course, there’s always a whole array of cool, non-BEMF-affiliated events happening around the city as well.
With all of this choice, sometimes you just need someone to tell you where to go. So ahead of the festival, we asked three of our favorite headliners to share their favorite haunts in Brooklyn and beyond—the places they have to check off every time they’re in town. Read on to find out the pizza spot you’re most likely to see MK eating a slice in, the underground dance party where Julia Govor goes dancing, and the street corner Armand Van Helden stands at when he wants to watch the city go by.
Mixing a distinct melodic flair with the sonic bombast of new techno, NYC emerging EDM artist Julia Govor pushes dancing and fun to the very edge, reveling in hallucinogenic textures that suggest not sleeping is its own form of dreaming.
Alfa Future People and Mendeleev stage last weekend in Nizhni Novgorod, Russia was absolutely crazy. First, it was massive and on the middle of nowhere, around the Oka River in the field. Second, how did they manage to build all this stage for such a short time, I have no idea, but they did a really good job. Sound and lighting was on a very professional level. They even made recycling bins around the festival. WI-Fi and food courts were working non stop. #MendeleevstageK_PLAYER was working 72 hours with the best Russian artists and DJ’s who played great sets. I heard 5 acts – it was inspiring. The guests of the festival were wild and hungry for music, the harder I played the higher they jumped.
I love Russians, they still my favorite crowd. #juliagovor#AFP #Mendeleevstage #kplayer#russia#onelove