Summer is right around the corner… and so is Disc Jam. On June 7th through the 10th the 3-day camping event is bringing the funk to the otherwise quiet (and picturesque) Stephentown New York. With the official release of the lineup we can venture to say that this year’s might be the biggest one yet. Beats Antique, Lotus, Galactic and Electron are just a few of the popular names in the jam scene that they’re bringing to the table. If you’ve been sleeping on this one then here is what you need to know:
The event has characteristically combined music, art, and disc golf since the first festival kicked off in 2011. That’s right… in case you were curious about the “disc” in Disc Jam, this festival also sports a 27-hole disc golf course for all levels. We feel this unique combination brings a welcome diversity of experience to the music festival scene, and while of course it is not a requirement, the Disc Jam team encourages everyone (including beginners) to try it out at least once. There’s even tournaments being held for more advanced players to try their hand at winning cash prizes as well as merch from such brands as Grassroots California. But if that just isn’t your thing—there’s plenty of other attractions and activities to enjoy, including live visual artists (to be creating murals and art installations throughout the festival), yoga, workshops, and the Disc Jam Flow Tribe which has been a centerpiece of the festival since 2012.
But before we go any further let’s talk about the music, because the selection and sheer quantity of artists really highlights just how diverse this event is. Overall there are 100+ musical artists to be performing this year between four stages. The headliners will grace the twin main stages (aptly named the A and B stage) and include Aqueous and Moon Hooch on Thursday, The Motet and Galactic on Friday, Beats Antique and Lotus on Saturday, and closing up on Sunday will be Tom Marshall’s Amfibian All-Stars. Also, it should be noted that the schedules for the two main stages are staggered, meaning no two sets overlap, so at least between these two stages you won’t have to make any difficult decisions.
This of course includes live performances but also electronic dance music artists who will be taking over the Woods Stage every night, curated each night by one of a handful of regional promoters including Rezinate, NV Concepts (co-producers of Minus Zero Festival), Sermon, and The Rust and exhibiting sets including (but not limited to) such talent as Esseks and KLLSMTH on Thursday, Kill Frenzy and Ardalan Friday, Joker and Toadface Saturday, and Faceplant wrapping it up Sunday.
And of course, we at House of Hearts would be remiss not to mention that our dear friend Bruce Harper aka The Wook of Wallstreet himself, an interview with whom we have featured here before and who in fact helped us secure coverage for this festival, will be curating his very own personally selected lineup of artists to play a silent disco well into the wee hours of the morning every night so that you never have to turn down. That Bruce has impeccable taste is a fact well known by those who follow him on social media, and one which is proved by his inclusion of acts like Illanthropy, Deez, Keota, and VCTRE in his late-night silent disco at the Woods Stage.
With so many options of entertainment it really makes it difficult to cover everything at once, so I encourage everybody check out the links below to visit the main website and social media pages to explore all that the festival has to offer on your own. There really is something for everybody.
Written by: Brendan Kerr
Photos by: Stephen Olker
Disc Jam Music Festival Official Links:
Watch the 2017 Disc Jam Recap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWiFZjEyXco
Watch the 2018 Disc Jam Announcement Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLjJtbYwBhE