Red Bull Music Academy Festival Hits NYC

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It’s been a big week in music with this year’s Red Bull Music Academy Festival kicking off in Brooklyn on May 1. With so many live performances, club nights, lectures, and workshops, it’s a good thing we have a full month to experience one of the summer’s more coveted festivals.

The multilayered festival is highly regarded as a platform for some of today’s most interesting people in music, with artists from around the world invited to appear and host their own distinct events.

If you have a knack for uncovering underground beats, we recommend taking the opportunity to expose yourself to a whole new class of brilliant artists and DJs you didn’t know existed.

Today, we’re narrowing down the list of lectures, club nights, concerts, and more. Here are our must-see events:


YARDCORE: Brooklyn Bashment | May 10

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YARDCORE _ DANCEHALL PARTYThere will be no better place this summer to take in authentic Jamaican dancehall than at this massive, free daytime party at Fort Greene Park. Bringing together a wide range of current, future and pioneering dancehall artists, the event will also feature site-specific installations from artist-collaborative AVAF (Assume Vivid Astro Focus), with brilliant pieces depicting dancehall aesthetics. If that’s not enough–Yardcore: Brooklyn Bashment will also offer fans the authentic Jamaican food from Miss Lily’s.

A Conversation with George Clinton | May 12

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GEORGECLINTON_REDBULLMany know George Clinton as the writer behind the timeless hit “Give Up the Funk.” Clinton has inspired legions of West Coast rap artists since his start at Motown in the ‘70s. As part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York, he’ll sit down for a rare, intimate chat about his momentous life. Who knows? Spending your evening with a prolific Rock and Roll Hall of Famer could be just the Tuesday night pick-me-up you need. Buy tickets for George’s lecture here.

Nothing Changes: Raw Sound Transgression | May 13

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NOTHINGCHANGES_DJPartyThe Nothing Changes parties have been hosting some of the “weirdest and wildest” events for over two years, and they’re pulling out all the stops for their RBMA collaboration. Known for featuring multiple alt performances throughout their lengthy club sets, their Wednesday night show at Output has a long lineup of of “experimental luminaries,” that are bound to keep the dancefloors crowded until dawn. Buy your ticket direct on RA here.

FKA Twigs | May 17-19

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FKA TwigsNo, we don’t just think she’s cool because she’s engaged to the hottest vampire around. FKA Twigs has gone from “experimental mystery woman” to a chart-topping star with her 2014 release–LP1. She’ll be appearing for 3 nights during the festival with special performances at Brooklyn Hangar. Hurry up, tickets are selling out fast.


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