Is there a better way to commemorate the end of summer than dancing oceanside with your friends? On August 20th and 21st, the quintessential beach party went next level at the sixth annual Full Moon Festival. Held on Governors Island Beach Club and presented by new wave creative agency, MATTE, the weekend event featured an impeccably curated line-up of live music, DJ sets, and great eats in a setting that mimicked a beachside hangout.
Just in case you missed out on Full Moon Festival, The Untitled Magazine has all of the highlights to get you excited for next year.
On Saturday afternoon, the sun was shining as droves arrived to the festival via ferry. All of the pretty young things of NYC seemed to have flocked to Full Moon. The street style stakes were high – we spotted quite a few attendees who were fresh off of visits from Kanye West’s Tribeca pop-up shop.
Perhaps ticket-holders were lured by the eclectic music lineup or maybe they were drawn in by the beachy setting, which was complete with sand and plastic buckets (which could be filled with an intoxicating combination of vodka, tropical Red Bull, and juices for $20, a bang for your buck in an atmosphere where the only available drinking water went for $5 a bottle). Despite the Manhattan prices, the crowd was happy to drop money on one-of-a-kind embroidered Full Moon t-shirts from American Two Shot and a menu that included a delectable spread of food vendors, selected by MUNCHIES.
On Saturday, NYC band, JIL, opened the festival followed by a chill DJ set from Dave Harrington. In the late afternoon, Zoë Kravitz’s band, Lolawolf, got the party started with an energetic, percussion-centric set.
The music didn’t stop throughout the whole weekend! Between headlining acts, JDH & Dave P, Dirk Largo, Louise Chen, Dash Speaks, DJ Auspre, Louise Chen, Fascinator, Oliver Stumm, and Cate Underwood kept people dancing with short DJ sets.
On Sunday BAILE started things off, followed by Marcus Marr. Kali Uchis was the first live show of the day and delivered one of the best sets of Full Moon, despite a few technical difficulties. Backed by Brooklyn livewires, Phony PPL, she led the crowd through jazzy versions of hits like “Ridin Round” and “Know What I Want” before debuting brand new material.
Julio Bashmore was the last DJ headliner of the weekend, hyping up the crowd before Santigold. The “Can’t Get Enough of Myself” singer’s “We Buy Gold” themed set proved to be the perfect Full Moon finale.