This weekend, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival will take over Williamsburg for the fifth year running. (So it's technically the Williamsburg Electronic Music Festival, but who's counting when you're drunk and dancing to Nick Catchdubs at 4 a.m.?) Last year's Festival brought Matthew Dear, Beats In Space's Tim Sweeney, and HudMo before he was TNGHT. MeanRed Productions, the multifarious company behind BEMF, kept the style and structure largely the same this year (two words: food carts), bringing back Cubic Zirconia's Nick Hook and rolling out Nadastrom, Gold Panda, and Nicolas Jaar. Think of it as the anti-Ultra, or perhaps Electronic Zoo. This year, however, there's going to be an all-ages stage at 285 Kent, and as of now there are still tickets available.
- The People of Electric Zoo
- Electric Zoo Gets Sweaty on Randall's Island
"It's just a lot of bleeps and bloops," a former co-worker of mine said when I asked him about electronic music, so in case you're of a similar mindset, we've provided a guide to the 10 essential acts you should see on Friday and Saturday night. You don't really have an excuse -- since the venues (including Glasslands, Cameo, Brooklyn Bowl, Public Assembly, and Music Hall of Williamsburg) are just a few blocks from each other -- but you do have the right to a disco nap and making an entrance in your snow boots free of judgment.