Full Moon Festival: New York's Most Indie-Cool Summer Concert

by Conor Lane · August 18, 2016

Set beneath the August Blue Moon, New York's Full Moon Festival kicks off its sixth spin this weekend at Governors Island (August 20-21). The creative designers behind the festival, MATTE Projects, draws inspiration from Thailand's all-night full moon beach parties. The tradition started in 1985 with only 20-30 tourists looking to turn up all night, but now lays host to over 20,000 people every full moon night. These moonlit shindigs are notorious for their wide spectrum of music - with reggae, jazz, trance and R&B amongst others - and seem pretty wild. It's only fitting that the city that never sleeps plays host to a music festival that goes all night long, taking a page from the Thai edition of the Party Playbook. 

This year's lineup is stacked with Pusha T and Santigold headlining Saturday and Sunday, respectively. In addition to consistently solid tunes and a litany of ultra hip, ultra chic culinary offerings from some of New York's most buzz-worthy chefs, there will also be an opportunity to bump elbows with some famous people, which is always cool. In past years, attendees have included music, art, and fashion personalities like Alexander Wang, Dev Hynes, Mr. Brainwash, and Charli XCX. With this year being the first time the festival spans two days, and features more artists, it's sure to be a groovy time. Click through for some performances you can't miss!