Five Must-See Artists at Elements NYC 2018

Ladies and gents, we’re just 24 hours away from New York City’s best kept secret. Elements NYC kicks off tomorrow for its fifth annual installment with Bassnectar, Emancipator, Snakehips and some Dirty Bird family headlining the festival. This will be the second time BangOn!NYC selected this picturesque venue to house their celebration of music and art, and with it’s strongest lineup to date, newcomers and veterans alike are in for an unforgettable day. Set times have been released with Erlon, Mr. Jennings, and Mickey Perez getting the party started at 2pm. The beat keeps moving all day across four element-themed stages, ending at 1am with performances from Justin Jay, Snakehips, and Dance Spirit. To preface tomorrow’s festival, we’ve selected our top five must-see artists performing at Elements 2018. VIP and General admission tickets can be purchased here.

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Bass fans are in for a treat with this producer. Skyler Golden, aka Jade Cicada, is staged to deliver a heavy set at the Water Stage at 11pm. A musician since day one, Cicada dove head first into music production while studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. With a fresh EP “Fish Juice” released on July 28th, get ready for a wonky set filled with new music and tactful mixing.


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Doug Appling, better known as Emancipator, has turned heads in the world of electronic music ever since he released his debut album, Soon It Will Be Cold Enough, in 2006. Based in Portland, OR, Emancipator’s prolific career has evolved in several unique ways, including the creation of his Ensemble, a four-piece live band that animates his original music. Expect a set less heavy than Jade Cicada’s, but equally adventurous and complex.

Justin Jay

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Los Angeles’s Justin Jay is one of the several rising stars in Claude Von Stroke’s house label, Dirtybird Records. The youngest member of the Dirtybird family, Justin spins impressive tech house and deep house sets complete with tasteful sampling, smooth transitions, and even live vocals sung by Jay himself. Justin closes out the festival at midnight on the Fire Stage (my personal favorite stage). Check out his set from Electric Forest below.


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If you’re itching for some music with a live element, Goldfish will deliver that for you. Hailing from Cape Town but based in San Diego, this electronic duo comprised of Dominic Peters and Dave Poole blends house, pop, jazz and African music to craft a truly unique musical experience. Equipped with an arsenal of ripping sax solos, live percussion, and surprise musical elements, the Water Stage is the place to be at 7pm.


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Need I say more? Check out his newest release with Jantsen featuring RD below.

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