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The global party series—which has hosted sold-out series in party capitals Ibiza, Barcelona and Berlin—returns to NYC for a blowout on Independence Day weekend. Governors Island provides the grounds for two stages of bass-rattling techno and house. Helming the decks at Stage 1, you'll find heavy-weights such as Detroit techno pioneer Richie Hawtin, euro-house grandmaster Maceo Plex and Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann. On Stage 2, look out for Chris Liebing and Speedy J’s joint project Collabs and the London-based Maya Jane Coles.
If you’re getting baked on the beach, time your sunbathing to coincide with Carter Van Pelt’s monthly skankathon, which welcomes local selectors and legends. Stake out a spot on the sand and you’ll still be able to hear the ska, rocksteady, dub, lovers rock and early dancehall emanating from the booming speaker stack.
We Resist!, a concert series platforming progressive music that responds to social injustice, presents a night with maverick guitarist Ribot, who is widely admired as much for his eclecticism as for his proficiency. The six-string maestro presents a new project Songs of Resistance and co-bills with M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, a self-identified immigrant band from New York City that combines touches of traditional Colombian percussion, psych-rock, Caribbean grooves, funky synthesizers and more into a uniquely diverse concoction.
The folks behind Brooklyn Night Bazaar are back at the people’s beach, a.k.a. Jacob Riis Park, with their annual summer-long market and concert series. The historic boardwalk is filled with tasty outposts of food vendors like Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Ed & Bev’s diner and Ample Hills Creamery, while the beach is your place for sunbathing, ocean frolicking and live music. For the special Fourth of July Get Summered edition, Dirtyboogie Love Taps and Josai deejay, with live music from BlindSpot and Ratta.
The Dutch master brings his big-room EDM outdoors, because some parties just can’t be contained (#murica). The Governors Island location puts one of the world’s biggest DJs in front of the world’s coolest skyline; add New York Harbor fireworks into the mix, and you have yourself one epic Independence Day spectacle.
Weirdo avant-dance producer Sophie first appeared on the scene in 2013 with hyper-saccharine singles like “Bipp” and the neon soda fizz of “Lemonade.” Projects like his PC Musoc-affiliated A.G. Cooke collaboration, QT, have turned out lives shows veering on veritable performance art pieces—miming dancers and faux soda advertisements included—but here, the Soundcloud mystique translates into a super sweet, super synthesized DJ set. Umfang, co-founder of the Discwoman collective, warms things up in the opening slot.