On the horizon: The Great GoogaMooga, round two

The haute-artisan food and live-music festival lands in Brooklyn for another go, with the Flaming Lips in tow.

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Though the general consensus last year was that the Great GoogaMooga was not so great, the sophomore venture will hit Brooklyn’s Prospect Park May 17 through 19, expanding to a three-day event. If organizers can sort out the logistical snafus that plagued its inaugural outing (exorbitantly long lines, insufficient food that nearly resulted in a fistfight over fried chicken, and a derided VIP section that led to across-the-board refunds of the $250 tickets), New Yorkers will be able to bliss out to a top-flight 20-band billing while stuffing their faces from 85 restaurants.

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The epicurean extravanza runs the gamut from newcomers like Pork Slope, Gwynnett St. and Jeepney to trendy destinations including Back Forty, Momofuku, Luke’s Lobster and Roberta's. We’re particularly tickled by the inclusion of oyster palace Maison Premiere and globally influenced taqueria Salvation Taco. On the tippling side of things, there will be 175 local and far-ranging wines and beers chosen by supersommelier Peter Eastlake, plus a veritable who’s who of mixologists will be behind the bar (well, the stand) during the VIP Cocktail Experience with barkeeps from Booker and Dax, Pouring Ribbons, PDT and Pegu Club and more.

Accompany your frenzied food-gobbling (hey, no judgment) with an epic sonic lineup. Friday’s ticketed concert (see below for more info) will feature local indie pros Yeah Yeah Yeahs, psychedelic juggernauts the Flaming Lips and British glam-rockers the Darkness. On Saturday, catch beatific indie-poppers Matt & Kim with Brooklyn folk heroine Sharon Van Etten and blogosphere fave Father John Misty. Mighty local soul combo Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings headlines on Sunday with support from iconic hip-hop trio De La Soul and vintage-pop duo Cults. Both days will also boast a stage curated in partnership with Joe’s Pub, with performances by world-music stalwarts such as M.A.K.U. Sound System and Red Baraat.

Mark your calendars: Tickets for Friday night’s kickoff will go on sale Thursday, March 28 at noon (early bird $49.50, regular $54.50, VIP Cocktail Experience $79.50; VIP tickets include guaranteed access to one weekend day). For entry to the fest on Saturday and Sunday, which is complimentary, there will be an online lottery from April 1 to April 3—that’s this Monday!

Head over to the website for more information, as well as the staggering complete list of vendors and musicians. And check out our slide show below of shots taken at last year's fest.

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Photograph: Taso Hountas


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