Top NYC Summer 2016 Music Festivals – This month kicks off the start of the music festivals spread across New York City. Everyone knows that if you can make it in NYC, you can make it anywhere. They also say if you can make it to a festival anywhere in the world, it should be in NYC. Even if you never heard that last statement before make sure you grab a ticket to one of the festivals listed below:
BROOKLYN HIP HOP FESTIVAL | JULY 13-16, BROOKLYN, NY
They are blasting off into its 12th annual run through the borough that spreads love and unity. Brought to you by Brooklyn Bodega, the four-day festival aims to preserve the hip-hop cultures essence will consist of education, film, art, and of course, entertainment.
The first two days, The Hip-Hop Institute and The Dummy Clap Film Festival, will be held at Medgar Evers College, in Crown Heights. A new warehouse, St. Ann’s Warehouse, will be the home for the Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition, and the finale festival stage will be right under the Brooklyn bridge with headliners NAS, Fabolous, and much more. Tickets are still available now at www.bkhiphopfest.com.
PANORAMA NEW YORK CITY | JULY 22-24, RANDALLS ISLAND
The new 3-day music festival will be taking its talents to Randall’s Island like many other festivals of its kind. Packed with music, art and technology, the extreme line-up is definitely worth the price tag for passes which are still on sale. Each night the festival stage, which will have a 30′ screen that wraps around the stage by 170′, will feature headliners and featured artists like: Kendrick Lamar, Sia, Anderson.Paak, Schoolboy Q, Major Lazer, ASAP Rocky, Flatbush Zombies, Daughter, Arcade Fire and much more. You can purchase tickets at www.panorama.nyc.
BUSHWICK MUSIC FESTIVAL | AUGUST 6, BROOKLYN, NY
In the heart Brooklyn will be Bushwick Music Festival, for a entire day Maria Hernandez Park will be packed with independent and emerging quality artists. It will include an art expo, with over 50 fine artists displaying the work, which is something new for the growing experience. In the past, they have headlined rising artists such as Manolo Rose, Dave East, The WC Kids, Wordspit, and Anthony Flammia. Tickets are on sale now, so prepare yourself to bring and receive good vibes and authentic music.
HIP HOP RETREAT WEEK | AUGUST 10-14, NEW YORK, NY
The premiere 5-day music festival and conference will be running the entire city from Staten Island to Harlem, and then off to Brooklyn and hopping on the LIRR to Long Island. #HHRW will be filled with panels, workshops, concert, networking events, and even a youth day. For the first time, NYC will highlight the independent artist, as well as the indie brands that support them. What makes HIP HOP RETREAT WEEK so unique is that so many indie organizations have joined forces to bring this experience to life and they will be highlighting INDEPENDENT ARTISTS ONLY. Panels, which will be located at The Brooklyn Music School, will enlighten indie artists, aspiring professionals, and entrepreneurs to continue to embrace their independence. All special events under he #HHRW umbrella will be spread out across the city, so make sure to have your unlimited metrocards handy. Tickets are on sale now at www.hiphopretreatweek.com and they are still accepting volunteers.
AFROPUNK | AUGUST 27-28, BROOKLYN, NY
Every summer since 2005, AFROPUNK has set the bar with the collaboration of rock and roll and hip-hop. They are responsible for the rise of today’s household artists like Santigold and Janelle Monae. This year they are “Giving power to the party”, with performers such as Cee-Lo, Ice Cube, Tyler The Creator, Janelle Monae, The Internet, Sir The Baptist, and much more. They even have teamed up with CareMore, a non-profit organization that gives back to NYC’s unfortunate and homeless, by allowing their supporters to volunteer for a free ticket to the festival. If you missed out on the chance for a free ticket, you can also purchase your tickets at www.afropunkfest.com.