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Your guide to MoMA PS1 Warm Up 2021

The Warm Up party returns for more live music from MoMA PS1

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

MoMA PS1 Warm Up is back, baby! This year's outdoor summer music and art party is back in Long Island City for its 24th season in the museum courtyard. Music aficionados and sun-worshiping revelers can return in August to enjoy a strong a lineup of bands, DJs, underground experimentalists, rising rap stars and the usual out-of-this-world outdoor art. This year, it'll be in person again but it'll also be streamed live in case you can't make it to LIC. Here's the lowdown on the biggest weekly summer party.

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What is MoMA PS1 Warm Up?

Warm Up is an outdoor music series in MoMA PS1's courtyard. The museum combines elements of music, sound and the performing arts, with unique lineups of artists and exclusive installations.

When is MoMA PS1 Warm Up?

The event is taking place on Saturdays, August 7, 14, and 21.

Where is MoMA PS1 Warm Up?

At MoMA PS1, located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue in Long Island City.

On the Sunday after each Warm Up, The Rockaway Hotel will bring the talent and sounds of Warm Up to the Rockaways with DJ sets from the emerging musicians of PS1’s music program from 4-6pm. The program will also be available to livestream globally at

Who is playing at MoMA PS1 Warm Up?

August 7: Amorphous / Empire, Yung Baby Tate, Patia Borja, MISTERVATION, River Moon, PATIASFANTASYWORLD, SURF GANG, Joselo & Friedplatano, Maricon

August 14: foreigner, Ariel Zetina, Smart Bar + Discwoman + Rumors, La Goony Chonga, rrao, K Wata, Enayet, Simisea, SLINK, Ana Roxanne

August 21: Doss, LuckyMe, glaive and ericdoa, Sango, AGO, Yu Su, bié + Music From Memory, Kaifeng, China Club Eat

What art is at MoMA PS1 Warm Up?

The courtyard will have art installations by Gregg Bordowitz, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Raul de Níeves, as well as PS1’s acclaimed exhibitions "Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life," "Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Well," and the Homeroom installation "Black Trans Liberation: Memoriam and Deliverance" (through August 16).

This year’s Warm Up will be performed from Rashid Johnson’s "Stage," a participatory installation and sound work that draws on the history of the microphone as a tool for protest and public oratory. This new location in the center of the courtyard also harkens back to the earliest days of Warm Up, when performances were often viewed in the round.

Is there food at MoMA PS1 Warm Up?

Yes, Mina's will be serving up refreshments.

How do I get tickets to MoMA PS1 Warm Up?

Tickets are $18 at Long Island City residents with proof of residency in ZIP codes 11101 or 11109 can get one complimentary ticket, which can be booked online via Eventbrite. You must be able to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test at entry.

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